The Pilot's Radio

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Sand dunes overtake the public fountain, the tower clocks are dead
Sun in the sky 24/7, under a branch-hung plastic tarpaulin the pilot made his bed
He does not remember crashing, just woke to find his chute deployed
Hanging from a tree, legs dangling free, dropped into the conifer-shaped interior from the void

And he recovered only his radio, broadcasting school children taking fire
He recovered only his radio, and what he hears appears before his eyes

He wandered through the classrooms, no signs of panic, no rushed exit
He found the unplayed, unplayable quarter score, right where the band teacher had left it

He recovered only his radio, which voices are the ones he's longing for?
He recovered only his radio, the ones that time has prolonged


from Crypto​-​aristocracy, released April 15, 2017



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Menchaca is a Pittsburgh-based composer and writer.

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