Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Airport Observations--By Charlotte Ann Zuzak--United States

Airport Observations

She follows him, clad in burqa
trying to manage two active children;
he walks ahead in American blue jeans
ignoring the noise behind him.
An airline crew, fatigued, exhausted,
heads for taxis toward home or hotel.
A group of retirees with tour agency bags
look over each other assessing each person:
how will I tolerate him for two weeks?
College students clown with each other,
bored with life and classes.
Snack bars serve cholesterol and alcohol,
Anything to fill the time.
Business men play with laptops,
trying to look important.
I trip over carry-on luggage
trying to get to my seat.

Charlotte Ann Zuzak received her BA degree from Albion College and her MA from the University of Michigan in foreign languages. She taught Spanish for several years on both the high school and college levels. She has always been involved with music, namely piano and organ. Charlotte worked with voice students as an accompanist, and also as a church organist. She has been involved in writing starting in grade school when she wrote short stories and poetry. After she quit teaching she returned to her love of writing. With her husband, a retired university dean, she has traveled extensively in Europe, Russia and the United States. Charlotte and her husband have a daughter who is a medical doctor in Bethesda, Maryland.


  1. I feel as though I am one of the passengers, maybe at JFK returning home. Your scene is so vivid - like a camera still, I imagine it as a pencil work on the cover of the New Yorker. Love it.


  2. An interesting vignette... very nice...

  3. Wow you take me straight there Charlotte, the hectic, noisy throng of passengers getting onboard or off a plane. The frustration of waiting in line wondering if some of your stuff you brought or bought will make it through customs. Excellent birds-eye view! Love Jane

  4. Thank you, Connie Marcum Wong, for the following comment--

    A true delight to read Charlotte. You had me laughing at your
    humorous creativity in your observations, especially in those
    fantastic first four lines. I loved it! Brava for gifting us
    with such ingenious entertainment! Mahalo, Connie