Truncate

By Aaron Menzel

You can watch plenty of movies

On a fourteen-hour flight.

Knock back a few Jack’n’cokes

(You’re sure these are free?)

As you drift off against your seatmate.

Or

You could think.

And fourteen hours is a

Stupendous amount of time

For thoughts to ferment

to stagnate.

(What if there’s snow in Chicago?

The rental agency is closed?

Our bags are lost–

My suit is wrinkled.

They don’t blame me,

There’s no way I coulda known