The Sports+ Lounge presents: 'Flight' by Jaylon Thompson

Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Welcome to the USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge! The premier place for all creatives to showcase their talents. Every Friday, we will spotlight artistic content for the 2021 NFL season. 

This week, USA TODAY Sports+ community engagement producer Jaylon Thompson presents his Week 5 poem "Flight." 

Sit back, relax and welcome again to the The USA TODAY Sports+ Lounge. 

FLIGHT 

They say the best feelings are reserved for Cloud 9.

And they may be true. 

But to get there, Clouds 1 thru 8 must have their just due. 

The first step to our destination begins with an obstacle. 

Think TSA to be exact.

We all have our baggage, and we can’t avoid that. 

Be careful of what accompanies the bag as it will be checked.

No shoes or laptops or large items on this ride.

It’s a long journey, and what matters most is inside. 

The next checkpoint is right around the corner. 

And for that requires the correct gate.

Time is ticking and we can’t be late. 

The plane sits majestic in stature.

Ready to take off at any moment.

Yet, one obstacle remains if you are ready to own it. 

It requires confidence over fear.

Boldly ask, “If this is your year?”

If so, your seat in first class is near. 

Buckle up and enjoy the sights!

Takeoff is in 30, welcome to your flight!