When You Fly – by Diane Frank
Things that might be a bomb . . .
Yogurt, avocados, lemonade, iced tea
the endpin of a cello
A banjo, a violin
electronic equipment wrapped carefully
in cotton fabric and bubble wrap
so it won’t be damaged after landing
The Empire State Building
The Golden Gate Bridge
The packing cases of the San Francisco Symphony
The Eiffel Tower
The Pyramids at Giza
The unwritten pages of a novel
in the genre of magical realism
An architectural drawing
An algorithm, a vector
An illuminated medieval book of hours
My grandmother’s wedding ring
And to the TSA agent
who groped me during the pat down
and then asked me out to lunch . . .
It’s not a hand grenade;
it’s an avocado.