In "This Hour and What Is Dead," everyone seems to be running away from something. The father is about to head off on a journey, the brother's homeland is in torches, and the speaker himself is a "fugitive" (21). But what exactly are all these people running from? Their love for each other? Their own emotions? Some horrible, unnamed trauma? God?
Our speaker is a fugitive from his brother's, father's, and God's love because none of these figures are accessible to him. He feels their love, but he doesn't want to, because they are all gone and he can't fulfill that love.
God's love feels like flight because the only way our speaker can truly experience it is through death and going to heaven, and he's not ready to die just yet.