400 days

the official papers come
the signatures and stamps in wax
the clean set of clothes
wait folded on the sleeping mat
the phone is handed to him to ring his brother

the drive to the airport in a car with shielded windows
the infinity of minutes waiting for boarding
infinite heart beats until the lift off
the hot tears of relief and release
as weightlessness defeats gravity

on his way home he knows
the infinity of living
the infinite distance/time/space/hope/despair
between minus one and plus one
the end of four hundred days of infinite waiting

decompression —
the time it will take to re-assert
the lack of infinity

2 February 2015 Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Grester, was deported from Egypt to Australia after an unjust trial and 400 days in jail, for reporting in a way that spread false news and aided a terrorist group.

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