Thursday, May 03, 2007

boarding pass

boarding pass
Originally uploaded by suttonhoo.
It's not hard to spot the homeless at O'Hare, once you know they're there.

They live in the shallow margin just outside security -- along the benches in baggage claim, the thin strip that fronts check-in, or as eternal passengers on the tram that shuttles travelers back and forth from long term parking to the terminals.

Their luggage would look like every other bag if it weren't a little too lived in, a little too long used.

They wear the traveler's practised weary look, and nap along window panes just like that guy with the delayed connection -- the one who will be home soon, where he'll unpack at last, after this last little minor inconvenience.

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