Aphelion Issue 256, Volume 24
November 2020
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by ayaz daryl nielsen

surviving decades aboard ‘our’ starship,
my presence and tasks now a necessity
among this community of devout
space explorers… yes, there can be
boredom as we travel between far-
flung star systems, yet, it all blends into
virile, ever-astonishing adventures…
the galactic warriors I’m with may not be
‘human’, yet she, my beloved mate, is
first among my many blessings
(we’ve our first, second, third,
fourth-and-fifth born twins with us)
and! foremost, from within mutual
respect and our mutual devotion,
we all continue to embrace this
insatiable seeking, seeking
ever further, ever deeper into
understanding this far-flung,
ever-majestic, and always
beckoning great unknown…

2020 ayaz daryl nielsen

ayaz daryl nielsen, veteran and former hospice nurse, lives in Longmont, Colorado, USA. Editor of bear creek haiku (30+ years/160+ issues) with poetry published worldwide, he is online at: bear creek haiku poetry, poems and info.

Among other deeply appreciated honors, he is especially delighted by the depth and heart of poets worldwide whose poems have a home in bear creek haiku’s print and online presence.

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