We wait alone
at the busy airport
the Shichifukujin –
Seven Gods of Good Fortune –
and I

XXX flight boarding now
please proceed to Gate no. YY
announcements galore
for passengers lucky
they can takeoff
on time

My flight is delayed
I must be patient
wait some more hours
to ride the air
outside

Even Agatha Christie
from Shankar’s, the
waiting-lounge bookshop
fails to engage
it lies neglected
on the chair beside mine

 Image prompt: Magpie Tales

The huge windowpanes
let in no air
and too much
of the world outside

And so, I wait
I and the Seven
suspended by a string
on my handbag
both ready
to take on the world
both eager
to take flight

***

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