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Bagel at the Airport
by Daniel S. McTaggart

Monday, October 22, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A stream of consciousness piece that came to me this past August. I was at the Albany International Airport waiting to pick up my brother. He was flying in from South Dakota to spend a few days with family in New York. This poem reminisces about a few things that happened around me before his plane showed up.


no cream cheese
apple cinnamon jelly
toasted, please
flight's on time so far
only half hour or so to go
sit down
do a puzzle
listen to other people on their cellphones
people stare at screens of arrivals and departures
some smiling
some not
some on time
some not
people talk on cellphones while luggage wheels click on tiles
do they know where they're going?
they're not looking, so they must
two women behind me argue in Japanese
it's fun figuring out who's angry at whom
because I can't tell
more people walking away from flight screens
some still looking back
some not
it's a good bagel
crunchy on the surface
chewy inside
hot all through
jelly melts in all the right nooks
maybe I should have gotten cream cheese
those Japanese women are gone
they all left together
all with the same expression
and now I'll never know who was angry

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Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 10/23/2007
Wonderfully done! I love going to airports or any large venue for that matter and just sit back and observe. Even gone to Penn Station, Central Park or Grand Central Station?? It's fun, I can pick a spot to sit and stay there for hours just observing all the body behavior and expressions upon people face, fascinating....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 10/23/2007
An interesting scene out of time and space that shows what we do with our time when we aren't doing anything else: observing....
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 10/22/2007
i like real writes like this-well written
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 10/22/2007
Great moment in time captured here...Enjoyed.

Let me guess $9 for the bagle??? :)

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/22/2007
Excellent observations, Daniel, exquisitely detailed in verse; well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/22/2007
At least the bagel was good - but ya shoulda got the cream cheese!
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 10/22/2007
You captured the many layers of a brief visit at any airport anywhere...totally enjoyed your observations. Next Monday I will be that visitor, heading south
peace, Carole~

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