Seat 16B

Never left the state 
But she’s flying to Oregon
Rekindled her Arkansas 
High school boyfriend
It’s been 15 years 
Since they’ve even held hands 
And she’s telling this all to her seatmates 

She’s nervous on planes 
And maybe in general
She’s chomping on chewing gum 
Got thoughts on millennial 
Sons 16 and 20 
She left them at home 
And she’s sitting in seat 16B

The fasten seatbelt signal is bright 
And these people are traveling all day and night
We land at three
Hopefully
There’s a first time for everything

My ex husband’s fine
He’s a natural father
He works in IT
And he’s got a stepdaughter
I think I could be at least one half as happy
Does my makeup still look ok

She undoes her seatbelt
She walks to the bathroom
We look at each other 
And breathe in her perfume 
And think 
And we think 
And we think

The fasten seatbelt signal is bright
And some people act busy even up in the sky
Look at me
I believe 
There’s a first time for everything

And we’re all on her side as she gets up to leave
And we tell her good luck but it’s not guaranteed 
And we look at each other and we want to believe
The fasten seatbelt signal is bright 
And these people seem earnest but might not be right
And then she leaves
Hopefully
There’s a first time for everything

There’s a first time for everything