Suspended in the air she seems to be,
But the drift downward is inexorable,
The delta profile, the inimitable
Mould breaking aspect, sinuosity,
The vapours flowing off sublimity
Of edge, the touchdown, the unvanquishable
About her gaining on the ground, as able
To steal her fate; but in a contrary
Perspective: look at her, unwanted now,
Parade in two's, or three's, on runway tarmac,
Toeing, as in a last balletic act,
The line: obedient unto death in hangar.
Oblivious, really; showing up the lack
Sweep sympathy amounts to, with such tact.
*On Friday 24 October 2003, the supersonic Anglo-French passenger plane Concorde was decommissioned from service. The occasion was marked by a trans-Atlantic flight of three of the aircraft.