#escapril Day 27: the astronaut @letsescapril #escapril2022 #poetry



the astronaut / Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com
growing up,
I wanted to be
an astronaut:
I looked up to see

by high school
eyes eliminated the chances
of the dream
due to circumstances.

college-bound
not knowing
what I wanted
a new dream growing

astrophysics
was where it was
I enjoyed my first class
I was abuzz

the bachelors degree
I obtained
but work in computers
bills had to be sustained

I never forgot my love
of astronomy and space
and now I volunteer
Labor Day Dragon Con apace

my annual trip
a week of respite where
you can meet an astronaut
who's been there

all year long
I watch the happenings
so that when the space track is back
we're at the gatherings

so while I will likely
not ever see space personally
I continue down here
striving up there for harmony

©Kim Whaley
4/27/2022
Instagram: @k.whaley
Photo by Tara Winstead on Pexels.com
screen capture of live broadcast on NASA.com by Kim Whaley 5/31/2020 / NASA’s return to space

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