{Thoughts in an Airport}

A chef passes
Grey apron, white slacks,
Saying, “Hallo, hallo?”
Into his phone

A woman in tight white pants
Yellow high tops
Rolling a floral suitcase

A bearded fellow
Blank expression, hiking boots
Wearing a large blue backpack

An older woman with a hijab
Twins at her side
Matching
Hopping along

A blond haired woman
Wearing high waisted boot cut jeans
A white crop top
Looking harried

A dark haired man
Wearing a wrinkled checkered shirt
Arms folded
Looking serious

A woman with dark hair
Pinned up eighties style
In a tracksuit

A teenage boy
In shorts
Kicking a soccer ball
Holding a phone in one hand

A young boy pushing a
Luggage cart
Animatedly and dangerously

A woman wrapped
In expansive patterned fabric
Holding a bundle of peacock feathers
Over her shoulder

A woman in a jumpsuit covered
In neon flower prints
Wearing white platform shoes
Carrying a stretched shopping bag

A man wearing a shirt that says
Ain’t no time for shaving
Jean capris

Towing a daughter wearing
A striped shirt
Bouncing along

A toddler
Losing track of his steps
Following his mom

A tall black man
With clunky boots
A big black backpack
Wearing an
Elmo t-shirt

I used to wonder why humans are so scared
Of people who do not look like them.
And yet, I sit with my back against the wall,
Eyes shifting and darting towards the people rushing
In front of me and I am scared.

They are not predictable.
My brain has become – is taught to be –
Scared of the unpredictable,
The uncontrollable.

I refuse, I say to myself,
I refuse to take part in the fear.
So even as

The man in black skinny jeans
A purple shirt
And a black backpack
Walks by a little close

I do not pull my knees to my chest
I do not avert my eyes
Instead
I smile.

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