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.