Written by Shini Meyer Wang.
Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss.
Originally published as part of the Spring 2019 “Challenge” Issue.
threads of smoke from the ether
unravel down the sky
it is that tin-can shuttle rubble hurtling
across America’s TV boxes
the space voyager “Challenger”
a reverie turned fireball
our frontier is beyond the fishbowl
beyond the scorch of atmosphere
that hugs us tightly
our frontier is the stars that we sing for
dying and reborn in the distance
we remember evergreen bravery
backbones of stone crushed and cemented
a student obstructs a caterpillar of tanks
a woman stays seated on a forbidden bus seat
a man dons a loincloth and marches to sea
again and again straining against the stratosphere
bearing the heat with the thickness of their skin
until the rocket ship pierces into space
their breaths still lingering in our oxygen