Dogs 2012

HANGOVERNAUT
(2/9/12)


I revolve
almost silently
about the rotating
rigmarole
below

far above
the billions
of that aggravatingly
populated
planet

my heartbeat
an occasional
electromechanical click
or a disembodied
voice
from the comms
unit
the only
reminders
that I am not
in a total
vacuum

I focus
upon my mission
of pain
and detachment
with unprecedented
single mindedness

wondering
if my oxygen
supply
will hold out
until
reentry

cramped
in a capsule
of discomfort
I circle
circle
circle

as close
to death
as I'll come
in this barely
breathing
orbit
of despair

adrift
piloting
a couch
through this
darkened room
alone

no hope
of rescue