Dear Astronaut
by David C. Kopaska-Merkel



Pomegranate tea

I drink to you

dusk gathering

in your garden


Lambs borrow diamonds

and ride the sky

ancient poems you

painted on scrolls

bowls full of asters

your flower

incense burning

smoke remaking

lines on paper

transient potentials

tracing signatures on time


The roof pole you raised

is transited by your

wandering star

forever out of reach

never long

out of sight

or mind



About the Author:

David Kopaska-Merkel publishes Dreams and Nightmares magazine in Tuscaloosa Alabama, where you can spread the air on toast. A house full of artists doesn't help. Recent flash fiction at


Poem 2007 David C. Kopaska-Merkel