Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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The Dying Astronaut

by Thomas D Reynolds

When the room turns cold,
I’ll feed dreams into the flames
Like sticks of wood.

When the stove darkens,
I’ll stir the coals of my desire.
Fanning the flames
Of all I wanted to be and do.

That distant star,
The one I’m moving toward,
Will keep me warm.

© 2007 Thomas D Reynolds

Thomas Reynolds teaches at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and has published poems in various print and online journals, including Combat, American Western Magazine, Flint Hills Review, Alabama Literary Review, Aethlon-The Journal of Sport Literature, New Delta Review, The Green Tricycle, Ariga, 3rd Muse Poetry Journal, Sidereality, and Prairie Poetry. My poem "How to Survive on a Distant Planet," published in Strange Horizons, was nominated for a Rhysling award for best short poem.

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