The long blonde hair of Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg
flows upward in microgravity, swaying, seaweed-like
onboard the International Space Station.
And maybe I overthink these things, but why
of all questions, does the woman astronaut answer
the one about washing her hair?
She pulls water meticulously through her tresses, stresses
how precious is each bauble pearled, captured by the system
to be used, again and again.
Edie Meade is a writer, artist, and mother of four in Huntington, West Virginia. She is passionate about literacy and collects books like they’re going out of style. Say hi on Twitter @ediemeade or https://ediemeade.com/