steep descent into Santiago
wakes me up
from ten hours plane-dead
drop like a concrete elevator

but it’s fine out, thirty degrees
and we file blinking
through the limbo zone

Blackberry and Starbucks
a 7-Up for 1350 pesos
unreal L’Oreal and even Evian
beside guidebooks to Easter Island

(take home a genuine Rapa Nui coffee mug!)

and in the departure lounge
familiar chemical tang
dry cleaning fluid?
what do they do to the carpets?

guard thou my life
in the left front jeans pocket
now and in the hour of my
(Simple Fresh American Dining!)

I think I’ve been here
I think I’m here now
I can’t be sure


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