Shit, showered, and shaved by 8;
I reach Havana airport by 10.
A coffee, two aspirin, and a body search later,
I await for the exodus.
1pm flight delayed,
take off now at 6,
exactly one hour after my connecting flight from Miami to Vancouver is scheduled to depart.
“Come back tomorrow, you can’t book onto another flight tonight.”
I unloaded only one,
on the woman,
and all of a sudden
I had a seat to The States,
on another plane.
Loaded onto a bus like a fleeing refugee,
I’m transported across busted tarmac to a small rundown building,
to wait in an unventilated room with a broken air conditioner hanging lifeless in a window.
An hour passes,
I’m told to go outside,
into the damp Cuban heat,
to wait in line,
to get onto another bus,
to go back to the building where I originally came from,
so I could stand in another fucking line,
to sit in another waiting room,
to board a plane that is now an hour late.
Finally I’m on board a plane,
and looking every year its age,
Got to make my way across The Gulf of Mexico in this thing.
After landing in Florida,
I rush off the plane to avoid the usual long lines that precede yet another inquisition.
I am told to go to an area where they will be checking for plant life,
and other shit you’re not supposed bring into America.
I guess this is where they will locate the Cuban cigars I am trying to smuggle.
Maybe God is looking after me.
After booking another flight to Vancouver,
I fall into a taxi to take me to a hotel.
the stench of marijuana,
and the smell of Old Spice fill the car.
The dimly lit dashboard accentuates a yellow haze,
which will not dissipate despite the rush of air from my open window.
Grime fills my pores,
my teeth feel gritty,
I’m in desperate need of a shower and sleep.
next hotel same thing,
repeat four more times.
Finally, a bed at the Holiday Inn.
Fresh sheets in the “land of the free”
for the truly fucked.