Treasure Island

David Lewis Paget

(22.11.1944 / Nottingham, England/live in Australia)

The Man from a Distant Star


He was standing out on the balcony
While the party raged inside,
I’d had enough of the trivial talk,
Boosting each other’s pride,
I went and I stood some feet away
As he stared up at the stars,
‘Your sky is rather ordinary,
Not in the least like ours! ’

I managed a double take at that
I’d noticed him once before,
He seemed to be on his own, and lonely
Sad, and a bit unsure,
He watched the girls in their party clothes
As they laughed, and talked and sighed,
‘Our Evrons never would dress like that
The colours would hurt their eyes.’

I laughed, thought he was having me on
But he didn’t even smile,
‘I shouldn’t have jumped the Interspace
But stuck with the Stellar Mile,
They said to avoid the Milky Way
But me, I jumped the gun,
The only reason they’d come this way
Is to dump, on the Garbage Run.’

‘I think you’re a little eccentric, and
You’re maybe a little drunk,
You don’t look much like an alien,
And aliens, well, they’re bunk!
But now you’re going to tell me you’re
A little green man from Mars! ’
‘Oh, much, much further than that, ’ he said
‘I come from a distant star.’

‘Oh yes, ’ I said, just to humour him
But a chill crept up my spine,
He seemed so positive, standing there
A man from another time.
‘So tell me, what is so different to
The place that you call your home.’
He offered the piece de resistance then,
‘We live in an Astrodome.’

‘The air surrounding planet Vair
Has become too thin to breathe,
Since ever the trees and lipids died
And we found that we couldn’t leave.
The planet was raped and plundered
For a million years or so,
And now it’s a dying shell we need
To find some planet to go.’

‘I think that I may have found it, though
Your culture’s such a bore,
You worship all material things
And your planet’s still at war,
We’ll have to thin out your people and
Improve your planet’s race,
You’re going to have to move over when
We come from outer space.’

‘How many of you are here right now? ’
I tried to sound surprised,
He said, ‘I’m travelling on my own, ’
And I looked into his eyes,
‘So none of your people know we’re here
Until you decide to tell! ’
He turned to me, and he shook his head,
I said, ‘That’s just as well.’

I walked him around the garden and
I picked his brains for hours,
He told me about their laser rays
And their telepathic powers,
Then finally when he asked my leave
And buttoned up his coat,
I stabbed him with some garden shears
Leant down, and cut his throat!

7 April 2013

Submitted: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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  • Aftab Alam Khursheed (4/6/2013 11:40:00 PM)

    Sir after going through, I caught the dualism of our nature, Artificial and natural one in which we hanged and swayed but the title is from distant star...so in 1st stanza inside there were celebration and out side he on the skies and said 'Your sky is rather ordinary, Not in the least like ours! ’decoration of party house and the natural decoration on the sky, I presumed u know better, nice thank u (Report) Reply

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