Preboarding Ritual

By Benji Elkins:


there is snow

on the tarmac


yet the

rain smooths it out


I watch

silently out the window


my seat reclines

my laptop opens


people shuffle

in looking for their


seats, being filled

my aisle is empty


maybe

mine will stay

that way



eyes meet

swiftly glancing away


yet a glance

lingers


on the fat man

ahead


eying me down

coming forwards


he looks to

me slowly


I shake my head but

he sits down solemnly


he is next

to me


he is

fat


so am

I


this will

be a long flight

for both of us

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