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,
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.