Sherman Alexie

One Marriage, Three Airports or One Airport, Three Marriages

 

1.

The man in front of me has missed his flight,
So he throws his passport to the carpet.
He'll be sleeping in Motel 6 tonight.
The man in front of me has missed his flight
Because he thought that he had enough time
To make the last connection to Charlotte.
The man in front of me has missed his flight
And he dreads the reaction from his wife.
 

2.

At the X-ray machine, the wife removes
One shoe and reveals her left big toe
Poking out of her sock. It’s killer-cute.
At the X-ray machine, that wife removes
Her left sock. And her good husband approves.
"Such gorgeous feet," he says to her and, oh,
To the X-ray machine. That wife removes
Her shoes and socks to go where beauty goes.
 

3.

To be safe, they fly on different planes
When they travel away from their two boys.
It's superstitious and a touch insane,
But it's safer to fly different planes
Through their own lightning, snow, thunder, and rain.
After all, planes were first built to destroy.
To be safe, they fly on different planes
And enjoy their briefly separate fates.