by Matthew Spireng

How to survive a plane crash. What you should wear. News at 11.
– Television promo

The last time the plane I was on
flew into the side of a mountain
at a speed they were never quite able
to determine, I should have been wearing
something other than the sports coat
and slacks I’d chosen for that morning.
And though it wasn’t what killed me,
My tie could have been a noose
had it caught in the seat I sat behind
as I flew past at whatever speed
the plane was flying before its sudden
stop without warning. I suspect
the perfect attire that day would have
been what I wore the previous time
my plane crashed, the time I did survive,
when in running shorts, a tank-top shirt
and running shoes, I was about two miles
into my daily run when the flight I’d missed
went down.

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