Dedicated to the families of the Flight MH370: And The Families Take Flight

Dedicated to the families of the Flight MH370: And The Families Take Flight
Jenean C Gilstrap

Three weeks ago, on March 8, 2014, a Boeing 777 plane, took off into the night from the Kuala Lumpur Malaysia international airport for Beijing China. On board Flight MH370 were 239 spirits, including the crew. Shortly after take-off, from the dark skies above, the plane contacted ground Air Traffic Control. This was the last communication made. There has been no contact of any kind since. There were no indications of anything amiss either with the plane or with the weather. The plane and all its passengers just vanished from radar and from the families of its passengers.

With each passing day filled with inconsistent information, with one debris field after another having been spotted in the ocean and ultimately dismissed as not being the wreckage of Flight 370, with the search areas of the ocean changing time after time, and notwithstanding that there has been absolutely no physical evidence of Flight MH370 found in the vast waters searched by international agencies, several days ago, the Malaysian airline released this statement [first by text message] to these families: All lives are lost.

Such a definitive message with no physical proof left the already heart-broken families broken even more. Mothers begged for the the return of their babies. Others took to the streets in protest. Still others wrote letters to their loved ones. For these families, absent proof, hope remains.

However, the mystery of this lost craft grows with each passing day – as do the chances of finding this ghost ship and the 239 spirits on board. To the loving families of these vanished souls, this poem is dedicated…

and the families take flight. Poem by Jenean C. Gilstrap

and the families take flight. Poem by Jenean C. Gilstrap

and the families take flight…

there is no
more light
only the dark
of the night
as the living
die the slow
slow death
of despair
tears of terror
run rivers deep
to the silent sea
as fathers keep
their voices
heard and march
through streets
of anguish
their hands
reaching for
the heavens
to stop the bells tolling
seven seven seven
fists clutching
the emptiness
of evidence
arms bleed from
bureaucratic bramble
bushes of meaningless
sightings and endless
changes in course
hearts filled with
lost hopes and
found debris
go round and round
one after the other
like the daisy chains
their beloved child
made when daddy
came home before
and mothers weep
disbelief to the tune
of clicking boxes
recording their
every heartbeat
and the families take flight
with raging might to
find their loved one’s
mysterious plight
and still no answers come
when will it all be done
when will the compass
mark the passage true
of the silver bird who flew
into the night of nowhere
with 239 spirits


View Comments (6)
  • many thanks and much gratitude for this platform giving voice to the loved ones of those 239 spirits on board flight 370 – may they all find peace and light –

    • Thanks Jenean. Yes, people and families need peace and light. Great work!

  • Bob Smoke

    Very heartfelt Jenean – your sensitivity to others and ability to express their feelings so vividly is amazing…you are a true poet of humanity! Love your writing!

  • and how your words lift my spirits, bob – there are nights that i cannot sleep for feeling the despair written on the faces of these family members – i hear their cries over and over – would that there were even one word here in which they might find the tiniest bit of comfort – knowing that they are not alone – again, many many thanks for your own words –

  • such kind words – honored and humbled –

Jenean C Gilstrap

Since childhood, Ms. Gilstrap has had a love of words-of writing and other arts. An individualist, she chooses not to follow any pre-conceived pattern for the outlay of these words – rather, she allows them the freedom to forge their own path as they make their way from her heart to pen to paper. Her art work involves both photography and mixed media on large canvasses. She is a weekly featured poet in Yareah Magazine where her works have appeared for more than a year. Her piece The Granite God was the winning poem in Painted Bride Quarterly Sidebar #12 [2012]. Her work has been featured in performance poetry theatrical productions in Louisiana and her short story, Retribution, published in the Helicon Literary Magazine there. She and her gypsywomanworld blog are included as character/story elements in Ghost Key, the fictional work of award-winning author Trish MacGregor. Her first volume of poetry [2013], words unspoken, is available in both paperback and on kindle at amazon. She currently divides her time between her home in Louisiana and the east coast as she completes her second volume of poetry to be published in 2013.

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