Aircraft Carrier Deck Plans: Britain.
Firestone Tyre Company Kids’ Christmas
Party 1955: a red-and-white plastic carrier
with tiny grey planes you could pull off
the deck, ﬁghter cover, the eyes of the ﬂeet.
Illustrious (G.B.), one hangar, two centre
lifts, ﬁfty-four aircraft: Chief Petty Officer
Yeoman of Signals Holman on watch on
the bridge, Sakashima Gunto April sixth
1945, ﬂak like petals, cherry blossoms, black
death blossoms — Kamikaze! Yokosuka Suisei
like a burning comet ﬂies at my father,
explodes on the ﬂight deck, bomb hits
the water, a skull with an eyeball spinning
on forever: post-traumatic stress disorder.
(From FLY BOY, Steele Roberts, 2010).