these strange liminal spaces
giving closure to one phase of life
and opening the gate to the next
holding equally
our partings and reunions
the promise of adventure and the fear of the unknown

after check-in, conveyor belts, screening, stamping, screen-consulting

long walkways
streams of people
high ceilings
for the calm
of a house of worship or a grand museum

until the announcement is yours and the frenzy of boarding