And in a few words…..

December is Poetry Month….

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A training flight for my dad, in 1945 as he leant to be a para… out of Manchester Ringway. Bit different back then…

Well, no it isn’t. I just made that up. But I thought I’d share a few poems this month that I’ve written over the last few years. This one about the tyranny of the airport before boarding a flight to go on holiday.

Flight (1)


It’s a melee,

Complete chaos.


And screens

And codes

And people.

Anxious, fretful

Lost in Transition.

We’re like ancient man

Scouring our limited horizon

For a sign.

Hoping to be guided

By some benign deity

To our goal.

We want to pass

Quickly, painlessly


Artificial toothy smiles

Check flimsy permits

Clutched desperately,

Shown in hope

Returned in relief.

Borders crossed

Queues joined



Triple Checked.

We’re all check point charlies,

                             Queuing 50 paces,

Showing this,

Taking off that,

Raising arms,

Emptying bags,

Handing over innocent contraband

In case it jabs or explodes.

We watch, volunteer spies,

For sinister plotters

Anxious to root them out.

The man with the overlarge hand luggage

The woman with the bedraped buggy

The student with dreadlocks and a hippy bag.

We each are as deluded as the next.

Patients in the asylum

Shuffling forward;

Like cowed inmates in a labour camp.

No bottled water

That gel is too much

100 ml per person of deodorant;

More constitutes a threat.

Take out your mind and pop it in a plastic tray;

Untie you shoes,

Place them on the belt,

With your belt

And belt up.

Open your bag

Open your arms

Open your mouth

Or you get to lie on the floor.

While the biggest lie of all

Is that all of this makes any difference.

Our spirits are entrapped in this way,

Courtesy of BAA:

What a way to start a holiday

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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9 Responses to And in a few words…..

  1. Oh God – yes! Isn’t it deplorable and you went and brought it all back!

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  2. I must admit this is what it is like! Travelling isn’t easy when you have to take off your boots, belts, etc, especially if you are elderly, my mum and dad got searched this winter travelling to the Canaries Islands, it’s gruelling for elderly people, my dad is in his eighties, but such is life that’s what we have to endure to ensure our own safety.

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  3. jan says:

    Definitely one of the necessary evils of traveling – getting through the airport. “Take out your brain…” LOL!


  4. I agree and disagree. I know some of this is just to make us feel better and doesn’t do much of anything, really. But… What if we didn’t do anything? Check anyone? I don’t know if I’d fly again. But, again, unfortunately, if someone wants to do something, they’ll eventually find a way. I just hope it’s as difficult for them as it is for us. Either way, nice poem.

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    • TanGental says:

      I agree something has to be done and like you, if t was a free for all I’d be nervous (but then all major transport in cities – metros, buses, cabs etc – is a target and there are no checks and we still use the systems in spite of London and Madrid and countless other places). I do feel that this is a case of doing something to be seen to be doing something. Some times shoes are checked, sometimes not; sometimes bags are wiped for explosive residues, sometimes not; nail clippers were banned whilst a metal tipped propelling pencil I used passed through a dozen major airports in Europe, Us and Australasia and could easily have been a weapon. So by all means increased security but (a) be consistent and (b) think it through

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    Do other countries have the “we-see-all-of-you” scans or is that special to the US and TSA? I think they actually banned the x-rated x-rays, but I always seem to get triple-wand searched because I wear unfortunate cowgirl bling. Gotta learn to leave my silver at home!

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