Flying, flying high in the sky
Crowding through crowds
on the ground.
just gliding, sitting, waiting anticipating
Would my carry on get on?
Would too big people sit next to me squeezed in tiny seats?
Landing take off
fight or flight
while belted in my seat.
Air pressure hurting my ears.
I yawn, chew and swallow to get it out.
Finally arrived at altitude.
Relax, sit back enjoy the ride
not driving to my next home.
Bladder presses demanding release.
Seat belt sign it on.
Stay in seats, no relief.
Finally landing in Chicago,
Waiting with a full bladder
Around the corner to a toilet on the ground.
Staring at my ticket.
Can’t find the gate for the next plane.
Ask for help.
Employee answers my plea disinterestedly.
Gate K13 down there, five minute walk.
I follow the finger.
Grateful, I can walk.
Crowds surround me walking backwards
Through L to K – one, two, three.
I can see where 13 will be.
Wait stop in the crowd feed the rumbling stomach.
sitting, waiting, anticipating.
My life totally in the hands of this steel hull.
The pilot, crew, and passengers all unknown to me.
Trusting them to transport me to the land of my grandchildren.
Finally the plane descends below the clouds.
The sunlight warms my neck.
My heart alights with joy knowing soon they will come to meet me.
Travel done in not three days but one.