“Operation Babylift” by Tiana Nobile (poetry ’17)

An excerpt from “Operation Babylift” by Tiana Nobile (poetry ’17), published by Kweli Journal.

Operation Babylift

“We bucket-brigade-loaded the children right up the stairs into the airplane.”
– Col. Bud Traynor, pilot

April 4, 1975

Skin still wet with mother’s
grief. I brought my baby
to them, I admit it.

Airlift Takes Off

Tucked in cardboard and stowed
two to each seat.

At 23,000 Feet Systems Fail

In the event of being born
in a country ravaged by war –


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