Poems Left in Airports #4

Chicago O’Hare is where I left my fourth poem, as I was changing planes when traveling from San Francisco to Baltimore on the first day of National Poetry Month. The poem, “Thoughts While Sitting on the Beach, #2” had nothing to do with Chicago, other than that I wrote it in Michiana, MI, where we were vacationing in July 2014, and on a really clear day we could see the skyscrapers of Chicago off in the distance across Lake Michigan. The remaining two poems were a better fit for leaving in Baltimore, so this was the one for Chicago.  And, here it is:


Is it desire to swim again
in uterine seas?
Or, vestigial memories
of when we were fish

We sit on the beach,
face toward the waves
and dream.

As much as we seek its warmth,
the sun is not our friend.
Only the waters embrace and soothe.

Amongst the waves,
I hear mothers cry.



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