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I was tethered

But floating for months.

Work can do that to you.

 

I had a weak radio

Signal – thank God – but

I couldn’t bring me home

 

Just yet. Check ignition

and may God’s love

be with you.  I’d hoped

 

To make Sunday’s service,

But floating with no

Sunday best, it was impossible.

 

Somedays the tether

Was so taut

It would not let

 

Me float away and Doctor

Said drugs would

Bring me home

 

From this malfunction.

 

Can Earth fix me –

NASA help – when

 

I left my tools

On the kitchen counter

Next to a tall glass

 

Of water, waiting

To be sipped and instructions

So difficult for me

 

To follow?

 

Poem #5 of the Poem (almost) Everyday Project. These are second drafts of  pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state. Feel free to give useful critique.

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