In Praise of Airports

Liminal space
Site of passage
Flows of capital, flows of culture
Points interconnected by Descartes, drawing arcs over time
Machines conspiring to clear a way for us

Flight boards publish codes in discrete rows
AMERICAN 142 LHR B4 8:35 AM ON TIME
Announcements reach just beyond the gates they are intended for
Languages overlap as nomads are born
Sunshine through glass curtains

Strangers, everyone, with stories of business or adventure
She’s attending meetings
They’re on their honeymoon
He’s visiting home
A funeral, a reunion, an opportunity, a whim

The politics of this economically perilous situation
To which cathedrals of movement are erected
Structuring invitations to passage through vaulted hallways
And metal detectors
Often awkward, occasionally inspiring

Each with its own shape
Corresponding to a landscape
Arrived at by car
Or train
Or bicycle?

Arrival
Departure
Delay
Some want to go home, escape the interstitial space
Of this complex system