Charles de Gaulle Airport & Children

If you take away the ticker-tape barriers
and the scattered signs for luggage,
vending machines and airport
senior leadership teams,
all you’ll have is a hall of

Some seats remain
for the elderly to reside in,
they’re checking holiday books
and pamphlet guides.

Floor space has curdled
into a mess of white-deodorant-
stained teens who want a 
good night’s sleep like
the marines across the way.

They, the marines, joke about
the weather, the women, the
watered down beverages from broken
vending machines and shit-cafe-
expensive-coffee down the strip.

De Gaulle is but a roof now:
drains and curving stretches of 
eyebrow iron,
not the general France
once relied upon.