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Watching Fellow Travellers at the Airport
by J. W. Murphy

Thursday, August 07, 2003

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*Aug. 6, 2003.

Maybe it's the sign of a writer
but I'm amused at watching people.
As a writer, observing people can be used
in developing characters for a story
or enlightening the mind to differences.
So it was today, in the airport lobby--
I spied the people, the travellers,
as they walked, jogged, even ran by.
I watched probably a dozen businessmen,
nearly all in tan pants and blue dress-shirt--
briskly walk on by as if going to a meeting.
I saw two young women pass back and forth
several times, to my puzzlement.
There were the vacationing families--
mom, dad, and antsy kids--
with smiling faces now, on the way,
but sure to be tired and worn by trip's end.
Security guards and flight attendants too,
talking, walking, or pushing wheelchairs through.
I can't forget to mention the old ticket lines,
those snaking monstrosities that devour time.
Time itself, checked by the passing passengers
as they walk to their planes, guided by a watch.
But, the fun just begins when it's time to run
and board my own plane and fly away.

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Reviewed by Esra Karatash Alpay 8/8/2003
Truly enjoyed this piece!
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader) 8/8/2003
You make such excellant notable observations, and I would not in the wrong sense say those observed are being used...such wonderful creativity!!!!
Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 8/7/2003
ai spend a lot of time watching people and the world go by.... then recall them later as if in a rewind of a movie... playing back the day... sometimes mixing the events so they over
Reviewed by Calendula Petal (Reader) 8/7/2003
I am a people watcher too...I often wonder what their story is.....ok I am nosy.
Great write, loved it.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/7/2003
almost missed your flight...hehehe...watching!!

My biggest amusement is watching people and passing remarks....its great fun!!

Did you notice if someone looks at you and you touch your nose...the touches their own thinking something is hanging out..hehehe......or wipe your mouth and watch their reaction........they do the sam thing....this is sooooo much fun I ga do on for hours!!

Love Tinka
Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/7/2003
Excellent write, I like the images you painted with words.
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