COSMONAUGHT

by Cardinal Cox

Orbit was a zero
Launched before Gagarin
Test pilot—name erased
No open-top Zil parade
Eye’s pupil infinite
Red star on the helmet
Skeleton in a spacesuit
Grammar school radio hams
Capture static messages
Graffiti in Stalingrad
Silhouette photographed in Prague
Watching tanks in Wenceslas Square
Rumor in Afghanistan
Whispered in Kabul bars
Shadow on Chemobyl floor
Swirl of dust as Berlin Wall fell
Facing off against Charlie Checkpoint
Mother Rumatryoshka doll
Nesting one within another
Orbit was a zero
Circling back to yesterday.

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