Writing poems in the Chicago airport on 9/11/13

Kicking off my writing sabbatical, I wrote three poems that have been lingering in my mind. An airport layover is a great gift of time to write.

Waiting for a train

Busy, hot day
Stuck behind the tracks
waiting for a train to pass

Be okay with idle time
Time is passing
My car engine is running
Burning gasoline
The train stops on the tracks
I shift into neutral

Time is passing
Making no progress
Be okay with no progress
Just be

Time is passing
Train is not moving
Turn up the air conditioning
to be comfortable
while time is passing

This must be what it’s like
waiting to die
The panic of lost time
No control
except to keep comfortable
and wait
for the moment when
the lights stop flashing
and the gates open
and you drive across the tracks.

Marked sheep
by Dawn Anderson

A flock of neatly sheered sheep
casually munch the standing hay of late summer

Some are marked with pink spray paint.
Oblivious, they graze side by side
with the unmarked sheep.

Are we marked for butcher?
with liver cancer?
with waiting aneurism?
with approaching car crash?

Would the pink painted sheep
still be grazing
if they knew?

Switching radio stations

This is an okay song
Maybe there is a better song
Try the other radio station buttons
I find nothing better
and return to the first song.
Was it worth searching?
Sometimes it is.


About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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