In 30

March 21, 2018

Hopes and regrets 
My phone and late night cigarettes
In 30 or 10
It's time to come in
Set the alarm
Head against the pillow
Sleep comes

I spend the night worrying.

Alarm rings
It's morning
Turn the lights on
It's still dark outside
Brew the coffee
Drink while last-minute-packing
Grab the luggage
Call a rideshare
In 30 we get there
Have a conversation
Just to get the body going
Wave goodbye at the airport terminal
Automatic glass doors
Self-service kiosk
Get the tickets
Turn down the upgrades
Stand in the line going all the way
From security to baggage claim
Chew some gum
Pinch my index with my thumb
It's too hard sometimes
Stuck between waist-high bars and rope
In a sea of folks
Making eye contact
Brushing up against bodies
We're all travelers in purgatory
At the podium
Homeland scans my ID
Does the double-take
"Yup, that's me"
Already took my belt off 
Unzipped my sweater
Security becomes a highly choreographed dance
And every time 
I only get better 
Some jerk slows up the process
Misses the obvious
I strike a pose
They wave me through
Or pull me over for bag inspection
See if my books might be weapons
They aren't
A seat to put myself back together
My keys
And my wallet
Chew more gum
It snaps with the popping of the package
Try to find the most isolated seat
Encircle my luggage
Fire up the laptop
Connect to WiFi
Jack the headphones in 
Some private time
Watch the monitors 
I'm often one of the last to board the plane
In no hurry for the walk of shame
Have a seat
Next to
Babies or kids?
Some sterling conversationalists?
Who might I be trapped in this death can in the sky

For hours with?
Take out my phone 
Turn it off
Or into airplane mode
Crack open a good old-fashioned paper book
Read while we taxi
Head against my seat when we takeoff

Hopes and regrets

Hour before we touchdown


A cigarette
Sleep comes

I spend the next 30 minutes worrying.




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