Looking Beyond #poetry #aviation #columbusday

airplane engine


First day on the job

put away the dog eared manuals

unbutton the cowling

I muse:

she’s bigger in real life than the pictures

“no, I don’t need a rag

I’m not afraid of a little grease”

my hands caress her

cutting myself on a sharp edge

first blood spilt

I smile as my blood merges with oil

reminds me when friends became pinky pals

each day was an adventure

each flight paradise

the day I got to run up all four Pratt and Whitneys*

there was no need to fly

I was airborne in ecstasy

I wonder what Columbus’ first day at the helm was like?


In many ways as an airplane mechanic in the United States Navy, I felt like I was on uncharted waters. I was one of two women in a P-3 squadron of 100 men. I never minded getting sooty or greasy, but I know it took years for the airmen to believe I was worth anything but something to look at. I enjoyed being a grease monkey when women were still doing “girl jobs.”



The prompt for Poet’s United Midweek Motif is Exploring.


Engine- photography moondust designs

Propeller – wikipedia 

P-3 in Flight Cybermodler 


Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. One of the many exciting things I've had the honor of doing is writing with an E. African team that is developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children (on all continents) who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2011 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the co-producer of that fast growing blog community. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

17 thoughts on “Looking Beyond #poetry #aviation #columbusday

  1. Wow, I am impressed with you having been an airplane mechanic. So true that there is nothing wrong with a little blood mixed with oil. Smiles. I can understand each day being an adventure for you. What great memories!


  2. How totally cool and interesting that you were an airplane mechanic. How did I miss that in our interview? LOL. Love this poem and can well imagine it took “the guys” a while to recognize you were for real.


  3. An airplane mechanic!!! You’re a multi-talented woman indeed 🙂 and I like the way you’ve expressed your exploration and friendship with the machines… 🙂

    Yeah, it needs more than talent for a woman to establish herself in the world of men…the scenario is same in every country…worldwide…


  4. This poem shows how you learned your way around engines: with an undefeatable spirit of hands on exploration. I doubt Columbus had so much love, though he may have had enthusiasm. I love this!


  5. Kudos Moonie….!! This depicts a woman’s passion and deep determination. Beautiful !! 🙂
    Being a professional aircraft mechanic, you are very well respected on PU….A nice read!!


  6. Your job is a discovery all the time! A lady in a man’s world has to prove twice as much to get to half the destination. It has been a trail blazing venture and adventure, I’m sure. Well done Leslie!



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