Dark path of light

October 15, 2008

One of my two world-trekking pilot friends unknowingly gave me a gift. It’s an image that flashes to life at odd moments. I don’t know if the image bears any resemblance to what he saw, to what he experienced on many long journeys.

He told me of flying 747 cargo jets to points scattered around the globe, including many in Asia. His aerial route to and from Europe followed the overland route Marco Polo took to China.

I see lights pinpricking vast expanses of darkness, a trail from seven centuries ago that only explorers can make out, even those looking down from great heights. He didn’t say but I’m sure he pictured himself at ground level all those years ago, leading a caravan somewhere faraway he’d never seen.