Getting to the Gate

gate

I’m first at the gate.
I’m one of those people.
Arrive early.
Be prepared.
Pack extra Kleenex.

At the next gate
a flight to Singapore is boarding.
In Japanese and English
a pleasant female voice announces:
“The flight to Singapore is boarding now.
Please report directly to the gate.”

Some passengers
saunter
towards the gate
as if walking on a beach
at sunset.

Others bolt down
the wide carpet corridor
in hair-flying
passport-dropping
panic.

One family
is shepherded
by three staff members
leading, pushing, cajoling
them
towards the gate.

Again
the disembodied voice
calls the Singapore people.

This
I think
is exactly like helping
kids
apply to university.
 

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