Shoreham airport could have been a cinema,
or the front of that hybrid Chrysler car.
It could have hunched beside a road
selling tea or stood in a kitchen -
one of those great American fridges
you find in south African squatter camps.
Its aerodynamic curves evaded developers,
along with Embassy Court, Saltdean Lido
and De La Warr - the best place for tea
on the south coast. Stavers Tiltman
knew enough not to imitate a plane
but in the symmetry there's an engine.
At his drawings he's a storyteller
manoeuvring a magic carpet
over Brighton, Hove and Worthing.
He knows one day we'll fly everywhere.
Our toes will fuse, our natural position
will be sitting. We won't need to walk
across continents, we'll hold a joystick,
hover while the names of every village, river,
city and street in the world
blink at us on a digital display.