She’s Staying Home

(to the tune of “She’s Leaving Home”)

Copyright © 2010 Kevin Ahern

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Friday evening at eight o’clock

when the shuttle stops

Grabbing her luggage inside the van

Giving a tip to the driver man

She goes in, gets on the escalator

riding upstairs

Carefully lifting her carry on case

She puts it in the right place


She (stays in control of her bags)

is standing (plasters them all with name tags)

there (and shows them her brand new photo ID)

She’s standing there full of angst and despair at

the ticket gate (in line)


Lines are growing as she hands over her check-in bags

Clutching the belt of a carry-on

Staring at lines that go on and on

There’s excess goo in her bag because she has got some shampoo.

More than three ounces illegally

What will they do if they see?


She (watches her bag being scanned)

is waiting (gets pulled aside by a man)

there (goes to a room down the hall with a guy)

She’s left the line for some one-on-one time with

the man in black (bye bye)


Friday evening at midnight she is still out of sight

Missing the boarding hubbub for the plane

Meeting a man from the TSA


She’s (thinking of fun she’d have had)

not having (it makes her feel really bad)

fun (promises never to get on a flight)

She’s changed her mood ‘cause her travel is screwed by security (tonight)


She’s joined the no fly list


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