At the Airport

Airports are great places for people watching. Yesterday while waiting for my flight to Boston to board, I considered the other people in the waiting area – couples with young children, older couples, couples taking selfies, single travelers, businessmen. What are their stories, I wondered? Since it’s April and I said I would try writing a poem for my Tuesday slices, I jotted down some thoughts in the form of a question poem. It doesn’t rhyme, but I did try to pay some attention to rhythm.

Where are you going?

Where have you gone?

Will your travels be happy?

Will your trip leave you glum?

Have you left someone at home who will miss you immensely?

Are your loved ones all with you ‘cause you can’t bear to part?

Will you travel in comfort with a seat in first class?

Will your flight be an hour or last through the day?

What will you wonder as you roam through the sky?

What will you discover as you go and return?

Where are you going?

Where have you gone?

Love where you’re going, but love coming home.

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9 Responses to At the Airport

  1. Lanny Ball says:

    Such a great idea! Your questions help to paint the picture of the diverse gatherings at airports. They also brought me back to similar wonderings I have had as I observe travelers. Great slice, thank you!

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  2. mbhmaine says:

    A question poem is the perfect format for your airport wonderings. The juxtaposition of “Where are you going?” with “Where are you gone?” is lovely. I could see it as a repeated refrain in a picture book of some sort. I also really like how your end reflects your beginning but adds that final line of advice.

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  3. elsie says:

    I love watching and wondering about people too. Great way to showcase your thinking as you were waiting.

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  4. dianeandlynne says:

    People watching at the airport…I wonder about my fellow travelers too. I love the questions you ponder, and I also love that you end with advice (for yourself, too?).

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  5. arjeha says:

    People watching is always interesting. Can we get a quick glimpse into their lives by observing them? Will anyone b willing to share their story if we make eye contact? Great idea for a poem, Rose.

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  6. I completely identify with this poem and the situation. I wonder how people would respond if you were able to ask them about their trip and what might make them happy or glum.

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  7. aileenhower says:

    Have a wonderful time and safe travels!

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  8. Such a clever poem that really tells, or asks, a lot about your noticings.

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  9. Amanda Potts says:

    I really enjoy how the questions show your close observation – so interesting!

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