The Waiting Place

We're here 
past the security gate
in the terminal

We all know when the flight leaves
know there are enough seats for all of us


We stand
stare anxiously
with clenched stomachs and thoughts
eying boarding group A suspiciously

Why didn't we pay that extra money for a shortened sense of waited worry?

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High school science teacher--hoping to inspire wonder
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17 Responses to The Waiting Place

  1. Oooh, I know this feeling. (Though I haven’t flown since Feb. 2020.) I only have status with one airline, which gives me boarding group two. But if I don’t take that airline, I get stuck in the fourth or fifth groups, which is always the pits.

  2. Ha! You must be flying SWA? Been there many times! It’s always tempting to grab an A spot in the cattle herding area where some A-lister is late or a no show. Then again, I’m sure the sly fox would be spotted amongst the cattle proudly displaying their ‘A’s to those that are the lowly ‘B’s and dreadful ‘C’s.

    • dgSciGuy says:

      Yep, SWA. I was B11 this time. Early enough in the boarding line to get a window seat somewhere behind the wings (my preferred location).

      • cvarsalona says:

        David, it is good to meet you. Being a first-time slicer is a big step forward but here you do not have to worry or wait. The best part of writing is meeting like-minded educators with different passions. I see that you used a poetic format and that in itself sings loudly to me. I hope we meet several times again during this March daily challenge. I did not post my slice yet but I am considering writing a poetic slice today.

      • dgSciGuy says:

        Good to meet you again. I think we’ve been friends on Facebook for years. Slicing has been one of the best things I’ve done this year. See you on another slice soon.

  3. I feel like everything to do with flying causes anxiety! On swa, group b is pretty good though! I hope you had a relaxing flight.

  4. aggiekesler says:

    I totally know this feeling. Why is it that people feel the desperate need to board the plane early? Like you said, we all know we have a seat. Well done on capturing the emotions!

  5. There is always that feeling of “what if.” I love how you captured this in a poem. Please watch your email this morning. I have sent you something!


  7. Saba T. says:

    That last line really got to me. Whenever I fly, I try really hard to not give in to the panic and rush to the boarding gate. But the collective anxiety always gets me in the end.

  8. mbhmaine says:

    This is a slice every one who’s ever flown can relate to! I especially love the line about “eyeing boarding Group A suspiciously.” It would be interesting if the airlines made this a cooperative rather than a competitive activity! I’m thinking about some altered classroom team-building challenges right now…

  9. Such precision in language to capture that sinking feeling at the gate. I’m getting flashbacks. Great slice!

  10. I can totally relate to this. The last time this happened we were the last to board the plane as they were about to shut the door. Your slice is my inspiration today to write about trying to find a parking space the other night when I went to see Margaret Atwood.

  11. britt says:

    Love this so much! I haven’t flown in quite awhile, and it’s partly because of alllll the anxiety that comes with it. Excellent poem.

  12. karelizirwin says:

    Oh I know this feeling, especially today as our flight was cancelled!

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