Eternal Plane

by Robbie Burton

London, 24 July 2010: The UK-built Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle is officially the first ‘eternal plane’ in history.


Way beyond wind and weather
a new sensing

powered by solar panels and fuelling
the interviewer’s gabble…

…surveillance platform… always there…


Way beyond eye and knowledge,
sand grains lit by the sun.

Grains that crunched under
sandalled feet way back when

the bush – you know the one – the bush
blazed loud with undying fire.


Lost in the dust of her husband’s armchair,
a widow considers

timings of almond tree blossom,
the grasshopper dragging himself along.

She reads down the text past
man’s eternal home to mourners

going about the streets. This,
she thinks, is what happens next