Sweltering Hot

Sweltering Hot

The plane was sweltering hot

Only 15 minutes to board 

Made it by a sliver

Already sweating

From the sprint 

Through the Memphis airport

Immediate frustration 

Entered the plane

Dripping with sweat

No air

The plane was sweltering hot

Parched lips

Trying not to stroke out 

On the journey back to the far reaches of the plane

Wanting to curse

Sweat rolling down my back 

Looked up

Down she came

Her baby girl screaming

Bag in tow

She flopped down in front of me

Hot and frazzled

Her beautiful baby girl screaming 

Like she was on fire

Bag left in the isle

People were tripped over the bag

Stepped on the bag

Gave her crusty glares

Mumbling expletives 

She was trying to get buckled

Soothe her daughter 

And get a snack 

From the bag 

Continuously being stepped on 

A blanket needed for her screaming baby

The plane was sweltering hot

Tempers flared







All those people smacked into her bag

I was sitting 


Thinking in my head

“What is wrong with these people? 

Can’t they see she needs a little help?”


She needs help

I smack my forehead and lean in

“Can I help you put your bag away?”

A sigh of relief

Kind blue eyes looked up at me

Baby girl still screaming on lap

Frantic tears 

“I was hoping the stewardess would come”

“Why don’t you let me help you, do you have everything you need for her?” 


Relief, a sniff- was trying to brush tears away

I zipped up her bag and found space for it over another isle

“Thank you so much”

She touched my arm as I walked past her to sit down

I buckled in

Mumbling under my breath

“I get it, I’m listening, use me.”

The plane was sweltering hot

A simple act of service

A minor effort on a sweltering hot plane

Helping a stranger in some small way

The plane was sweltering hot

I was suddenly refreshed and cool

Author: JJ Taylor

Many have shared that I am the strongest woman they know. I would disagree... when life kicks you in the teeth there is only one place to look and that is UP! I will be sharing my poetry, random thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, defining my strength and my faith. I'm honest, raw and real. I'm writing more for me, but perhaps someone will find my words that will help you in a profound way

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: