model rocket

the astronaut shows photographs
of her mother mildred, and her sister barbara
and the desk in her childhood bedroom

“if they’d had rockets back then with 
then i would’ve had them”

the world’s first neurologist in space
went on to study autonomic nervous system function
breathing, heartbeat, and digestion are supposed to be 
unconsciously directed
but i am always forgetting breath

in space

with a room full of people
i hear canada’s first woman in space do her best 
“there is no try”

in her large format 

it is possible to zoom in
on the black spots in the salt flats
until they are buffalo

© Elisha May Rubacha