Airport Hustle by Louise Gallagher The world is on the move masked faces eyes watching smiles frowns furrowed brows checking… Where’s my ticket? Wallet? Hand sanitizer? Suitcases rolling wheels turning clicketty clack clicketty clack people walking people standing milling about beneath glass ceilings soaring high pouring light upon bustling crowds gathered around touch screen kiosks checking in printing out baggage tags and boarding passes people on the move conveyor belts rolling clicketty clack clicketty clack carrying baggage to distant ports clicketty clack clicketty clack in the hope it will arrive at the end of the journey in the same shape it began. Long lines snaking through security barriers laptops tested carry-on scanned passing through to the other side leaving behind going towards new horizons home turf everywhere busy busier than its been through an invisible microbe’s demands the world limit where we go and who we see. The world is on the move faces masked eyes watching people moving wheels turning clicketty clack clicketty clack airport humming with life and people travelling holding on to the hope that when they reach their destination they will be home free of an invisible travelling companion.
I am home again. My heart full. Memory overflowing with joy.
See you soon!