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Movement to somewhere else

Muffled

Tippety-taps

Of laptop keyboards

Drift through

The cabin noise

And my pressurized ears.

My exit row seat

Does not “recline”

So my attempts

At rest

Are held hostage

By the fully upright

Position

And the occasional

Impact

Of the beverage cart

Or elbow

Of wobbly passengers.

Bleary eyes

And weary faces

Stare blankly ahead

Or into computer screens.

Crumpled suits

And dress shirts

With coffee stains

Blend into the enclosed scenery.

Soldiers,

Returning and departing,

Sit uncomfortably

In their uniforms-

Some nervously

Imagining

“Over there”.

Young mothers with children

Try to distract

Tired babies

With popping ears

And keep them

From crying.

As our destination

Approaches,

The sound of zippers

Opening

Fills the air

As personal belongings

Are once again

Stowed,

In preparation for landing.

Trash is collected,

Seatbacks returned

To upright positions

And tray tables

Are locked closed

Once more.

We’ll be there

Soon

And the overhead bins

Will pop open

As bags are retrieved

For the next phase

Of our movement

To somewhere else.

 

Timothy Vance Jackson

January 19, 2011

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