20
Dec
09

bon voyage

By now

She’s sitting

In an airport

Approximately

6,900 miles away

From me

And our home.

Soon

She’ll be settling in

To her seat

And fastening the buckle low and tight across her waist

In preparation for take off.

Not long after

That

She’ll likely slip off her shoes

And curl up

To sleep-

Possibly even before

The plane lets go

Of the ground

And reaches a cruising altitude of approximately

39,00 feet.

Knowing her,

She’ll skip one or more of the meals-

Choosing instead

To sleep

And arrive at home

Hungry.

By the time she lands

In Los Angeles,

She’ll be getting

Hungry,

Yet she’ll wait

Until she gets home

And we’ll walk

A few blocks from our cramped apartment

To a corner taco stand

For the traditional

Welcome Home

Carne Asada burrito,

Or perhaps this time

It will be a fish taco.

After a month away

From each other,

The touch of her fingers

In my hand

Will be heaven.

And the following morning,

When I leave for work,

She’ll still be asleep

With the blankets

Pulled up high and tight

Under her chin

Keeping the cold

Of a Southern California

December morning

Politely at bay.

She probably won’t even flinch

As I kiss her lips

And her forehead

Before walking out the door

And out to the car

For the long drive.

Maybe at noon

My phone will buzz

With an “I love you”,

Making my day

A little brighter

And my journey home

So much more

To look forward to.

Timothy Vance Jackson

December 20, 2009

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