I wanted to leave early,
politely asking to get on the standby list.
“Do you have status” growled the agent,
“I am a person, does that count”, I replied hopefully.
Unamused, she denied me and asked for $75 instead.
Leaving the line, I returned again,
This time in hope of a more human response,
But again no was the answer. “You don’t have status, there is nothing I can do”
I enquired “What is status”
It means you are named, (in our database),
Like a precious stone or metal.
Are you Gold?
Are you Silver?
Are you Platinum?
Are you Ruby?
Are you Sapphire?
I replied, now dejected at my new found status,
“I am nothing”
So I paid up, and found my new found status.
In the eyes of American Airlines.
“Unworthy to even wait”