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The astronauts had no rear-view, lying vertical,
eyes to instruments affixed, octopoid arms aflight,
moving eerily as one

practiced organism.
Like college-bound teens, they didn't look back,
the mother's faint tears smothered by

the thunder of flaming engines.
Old films and space museums first alerted their minor selves
to the intoxicating blue of the earth's

throbbing albedo.
In the simulator, they swigged digital earthshine,
complex watertanks faking weightlessness --

the sim just wasn't the same.
Belts unbuckled, floating on ballerina feet, a speechless face
in each porthole, no one noticed the captain's

syncopal silence.
His hypoxic brain unbetrayed by gravity, his limp spine
erect, his outstretched hands drifting clouds,

his eyes wide shut.
In his dream: father sat stiffly at breakfast,
the paper clumped in each fist, with

amnesiac headlines.
Long before Jupiter's great red beauty spot, the iron
hearts of stars, the moon's cephalic

sea of tranquility:
an unbuttered crust of bread, a name tag buried in a pocket of debris,
a sexless slave wage single father, snuffed out

at dream's end.
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spoems Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011   Writer
Outrageously bizarre. I like it.
RiseandBe Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love your vocabulary. This is excellently written.
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RiseandBe Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure!

So true. It's not an easy thing taking such over-used words and making them sound new and beautiful, but it's even harder to use all new words!
I'd need a good thesaurus for that one.
vespera Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Writer
Inspired images. I adore how you end each thought at the beginning of a stanza, like the thoughts are separate and yet tied very closely together.

That being said, I see why the ";" here was a good grammatical choice, but it broke up that rhythm for me a little:

"complex watertanks faking weightlessness;

the sim just wasn't the same."

Great work :)
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vespera Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Writer
You're more than welcome :)

I think you're right about an extended dash; I think it'd be the perfect solution!
RSZF Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Writer
this is the first poem i've read since i joined bleeding hearts that i liked. kudos, your rationale is awesome and the imagery is interesting... favorited
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RSZF Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Writer
you are also my first favorite... i hope i find more too... a good friend of mine ~keanuwantroomservice writes really well, you should check him out too
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