Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Customs and Marriage

This family is fretting
the first gate, quietly demanding
of their pants and jacket pockets
the boarding passes they'll produce

for the disinterested inspector
whom I pass, losing sight
and the swirl of their soft panic,
until again at the flight gate

they are unstill,
searching out other pouches,
changing hats and draping
themselves in tassell-shawled

prayer, binding and unbinding
a final, recited security check
so they become indestructible

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