watching them spin around the airport terminal
arrived from many places
cocaine hidden in Aunt Dorothy’s panties
or tacky souvenirs wrapped in a t-shirt
can luggage go unclaimed?
airlines lose the baggage we need the most
really what do we need to carry?
sitting on a bench I watch others claiming luggage
black uniform suitcases tied with scarves
bright purple hard sided cases
expensive Louis Vuitton luggage one treasures for life
for myself…I hold a small leather carry on that sees me through
many arrivals and departures…long ago I left baggage unclaimed
without a forwarding address or name on my luggage tags
so the airline can’t force a baggage claim
(c) Amanda Wilson 2013