Only the Name of the Airport Changes

Steven D. Schroeder

For your safety the maximum magazine size is now
Lifesaver or however many metric ounces in a dozen

Inches of vigilance, no questions please, you must
Opt out of your “accidental” bathroom-camera mugshot
Via fax or Pony Express of a safety-word waiver request

Maze unsolvable except with a feather pen whose chicken
Doesn’t fly but plucks toothpicks and suspicious facial
Moisturizers from some orifice, our stun-gun safety is on

The honor system that officers respond within six weeks
If you dismember your unclearance number Q-Safe-T,
Here’s a hoop through which you have the right to jump

The line when you pay a patriot convenience fee, but once
We play the safety card you’d better pray for cancellation.

Steven D. Schroeder
Steven D. Schroeder

Steven D. Schroeder’s first book of poetry is Torched Verse Ends (BlazeVOX [books]). His poems are available or forthcoming from Pleiades, The Journal, Copper Nickel, Sou’wester, and The Collagist. He edits the online poetry journal Anti-, serves as a contributing editor for River Styx, and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.