Teeth Guards

Excerpt from “Teeth Guards at Night,” from the book “Proof of Flight”:
“…All I saw and almost saw I thought
would be mine, destined for me
because I’m the kind to die trying
in a backyard spaceshot, but now
I’m scared I spent the fuel on take-off
and risk pulling up lame…shatter
in the void like so much windshield.
You shoulda seen me in Super 8!
Heard me when I was young! Heart
of a gorilla, body of a fence post, face
stolen off a Dublin choirboy, eyes lit wild
with fireflies. “C’mon, peace! C’mon love
and sharing! Strap back in, we’re leaving
on my throw of the boosters switch…”