Wait for obvious things


Was it me?

Crouching rubber hipped

The plane delayed by fifteen hours

Mother’s placating screaming kids

Dry eyed travelers, bent over wilted luggage

Back then I didn’t know 

Rubber can stiffen

I thought

I’d be in supline pose with windows open, aubergine clouds, seeing hope

In hot tarmac with planes, belly full, lifting off

Taking longing to new places 

Is it wrong to tell you?

Twenty years hence, as we fumble to claim waivering identity

That I was more sure then

Crouched, rubber hipped

Than ever since, watching planes taxi in

Spent and decorate with exotic scents

It doesn’t feel lonely if you watch how the world talks

Without humans

Hear the russle of late afternoon

A breeze from far flung continent, chiming in minds eye

Awareness of being, nourishment of movement

Peace wrapping around my shoulder

Just then, conscious

Of the infinite fragility and gratitude

To rise and take, moment to appreciate

Our small place, in this wide place

As alone we are, part of something

Far greater than our impatient wait

For obvious things

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20 thoughts on “Wait for obvious things

  1. This, in its own way, reminds me of “A Raisin In The Sun”. Especially here:

    “Peace wrapping around my shoulder

    Just then, conscious

    Of the infinite fragility and gratitude

    To rise and take, moment to appreciate

    Our small place, in this wide place

    As alone we are, part of something

    Far greater than our impatient wait

    For obvious things”

    I think humans are the worst at waiting… even when the outcome could be great, we struggle waiting for/ on that. Succinct, honest, and real.

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  2. What are the correct words to add? Which are the right words to say? I am still lost in some airport, while you travel onward, but did you even notice me? I was looking at the airplane, trying to write words that would fit the occasion, while you as a thief in the night, stole them from me. Nicely written all the same.

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