Passport Control

Jean L. Kreiling

             Charles de Gaulle Airport



“Control”? No, it was anarchy

as four lines funneled into three,

then two, all ending up inside

a maze of rope lines that defied

our hopes for just a modicum

of dignity, and then as some-

one poked me in the back, we heard,

from yards away, the latest word:

a uniformed official yelled,

so loudly that she’d have excelled

at drawing distant livestock near,

“All U.S. passports over here!”

Yes, in that crowded and chaotic

room—some of us near psychotic

with exhaustion and frustration—

we found new cause for irritation:

although we’d heeded every sign,

we’d waited on the wrong damned line.

About the Author

Jean L. Kreiling’s first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books)was published in 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals, including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. Kreiling is a past winner of the Able Muse Write Prize, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, two New England Poetry Club prizes, and the String Poet Prize.