How to Wait in Line at the Southwest Counter for 4.5 Hours

plane

When the baby next to you starts

crying because he’s thirsty, when the girls

you recognize

from social work school are cursing

out the airline worker, when the boy with

dreads starts playing his

guitar and the man

behind you won’t stop telling you his life

story, when the people in front of you

share granola bars with a

stranger and the woman

who is a nurse scowls and

calls the whole predicament

disgraceful, remember

how your niece will hang

her arms around your

neck, how your sister-in-law will

grin, how your brothers will

pick you up

from the terminal in style

and deliver you

to your temporary home

for the week, how your sister

will have left you chocolate

on your pillow and how

in the morning

the sun will warm

this quiet room.

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