How You Kept Saving my Life

Lauren McBride

How You Kept Saving my Life


Before the sickness
claimed most of my crew

and you; and later when
micrometeors breached the hull,

when the FTL fuel system failed,
when pirates stole the cargo,

and more—you told me
to take a breath,

and work the problem.
Each time I did. And now,

decades later with death
by my bedside, I will release

that breath and once again
be with you.


Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Asimov’s, Dreams & Nightmares, and Silver Blade. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing and knitting scarves for troops.

Editor’s Notes: Image is more symbolic than complementary: an astronaut drifting in space [Pixel Dailies]

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