Rabat Stage of Kindnesses

two young men
one white one Arab
being kind to their young daughters,
a woman grins and wines absorbing
gentle smacks that cup her cheek bones, and pulls on her hijab from
the pigtailed two-year-old in her lap,
the man on phone across the terminal is scrambling to find a pen
and from five seats out a stranger comes in
outstretching ballpoint,
someone chases someone down, holding up a belt
rescued from the recent detection indignities
to find, if unimportantly, it belongs to some other waistline

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