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spacebird music

lae astra

crackles from a passing

ship wakes the pilot

from dreams of bird-

watching on Earth.

later, their child listens

to a recording and asks,

what are birds?

they were artists,

the pilot says, winged

ones who shared

my old home.

lae astra is an artist who calls Tokyo home. Their work appears or is forthcoming in fifth wheel press, Bullshit Lit, Strange Horizons, manywor(l)ds, and elsewhere. Find them at

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