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Jimmy Burns, MA
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Editor’s Note: “Space Walk” is an account of vivid dreams that come with use of CPAP. Jimmy Burns is a retired teacher who writes his poetry from his wheelchair with his one good hand and is a nightly user of CPAP.

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© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 2011;140(5):1382. doi:10.1378/chest.10-2484
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The astronaut ambled through the galaxy
drifting in his flying machine,
exploring other planets, large and small,
evading giant clouds of cosmic dust,
visits with aliens in their native tongue
before touching down back on Earth
from a journey of dreams.
Astronaut sheds his mask,
gingerly disengages his CPAP,
wipes slumber from eyes,
sits tentatively on edge of bed,
the abyss of ceramic tile below him,
he stands, pivots, and transfers
to his electric wheelchair:
he resumes natural breath.




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