Gate 58, Orlando International Airport

Nina Bennett

Cinderella and Snow White race through Terminal C,

stumble over carry-on bags. Mickey Mouse ears

dance above seats as toddlers fidget and squirm.

Harry Potter points his wand, flings Cheerios

at his sister. Her sobs erupt like a fastball,

thirty minutes of toddler screams hurled

at their parents. A pre-school

Captain America covers his ears and drops

the f-bomb. Chatter halts as his father’s slap

reverberates through the gate area.