Funky Alien

31 01 2010

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VERBOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE BLURRED MIND
(OR HOW A USED-CAR ALIEN
HIGH-PRESSURED ME INTO A UFOSMOBILE)

(A SCIENCE-FICTION ADVENTURE IN DISCO POETRY — FOR
THOSE OF US WHO PREFER GALLANT FANTASY OVER
THOUGHTS OF LONELY NEBULAE — THE AIR IS ALIVE AS A
SAVAGE, TRIBAL BAND SEARCHES DEEPEST SONIC SPACE —-)

HAVE YOU STARED NIGHTTIME INTO THE
CROWDS OF STARLIGHT
AS YOU WOULD UNKNOWN
INTO THE FACES OF PEOPLE THAT PASS
IN BUSSES, IN BARS?
TO SEARCH OUT A FRIEND FROM THOSE
FACES IN SPACE?
HAVE YOU LONGED FOR THE
COMPANIONSHIP OF STARS?

CALLING ALL SAUCERS! CALLING ALL SAUCERS!
INTREPID ALIENS
INTREPID ALIENS CALLING! CALLING!
CALLING ALL SAUCERS — CALLING
STARHIKERS AND COMET CHASERS
CALLING! CALLING!

WE KNOW YOU’RE THERE
(AND OF COURSE MUCH MORE INTELLIGENT THAN WE CAN IMAGINE)
DO YOU FEEL PAIN OR NEED SEX?
HOW’S THE WEATHER ON ANDROMEDA?

I WOULD HAVE SWORN
IT WAS A CACTUS DREAM
DRESSED UP TO LOOK LIKE MOONLIGHT
AN UNDERTAKER EMBALMS THE SOUTH TEXAS NIGHT
WHERE THE SPACECRAFT
HOVER & DART
LIKE DRAGONFLIES SOLID STATE
THREE BY THREE
IN BLIND PSYCHIC FORMATION
ONLY VISIBLE FROM THE CORNERS OF THE EYE

ALWAYS WATCHING; ALWAYS WISHING;
SOLITARY SENTRIES STARE
PERHAPS THE VERY KIND GET A GLIMPSE
OR THE VERY YOUNG
OR THE VERY DRUNK: PERHAPS THE VERY WISE
WHO KNOWS, THE VERY LUCKY?
ALL LONGING AND BECKONING SOULS
SOUTH TEXAS IS VERY CLOSE TO SPACE
ALL LONGING AND BECKONING SOULS….

CALLING ALL VISITORS! CALLING ALL SCOUTS!
CALLING THE EARS AND EYES OF LIGHT-YEAR SPIES
ALL EAVESDROP CELESTIALS AND
EXTRA-TERRESTRIALS
CALLING ALL DRIFTING MODULES,
MAROONS & CASTAWAYS
WE SHINE FOR YOU LIKE A BEACON FROM THE
MOTHERSHIP
CALLING! CALLING! CALLING!

THEN IT HAPPENS
ON REASON’S NIGHT OFF
THE POLAROID IS EMPTY
NO TAPE IN THE MACHINE; NO MOVIE CREW
THE SENSES MUST VERIFY THE SENSES

(SUDDENLY THE DISCO BEAT POPS THROUGH THE
NIGHT-CHILLED AIR IN SOUTH TEXAS
DEEP AND CLEAR AS THE SHAMAN’S
GAZE; PEYOTE)

I want to tell you ’bout
The Funky Alien
With his wiggy space jive
He’s so very, very interplanetary
Dig the saucer he drives

(Chorus)
Nobody will ever believe
my story
Nobody will ever believe
my song (But here it comes)

He can talk to you
and never say a word
He reads the thoughts in your mind
He says his saucer might
Do twice the speed of light
Leave the future behind
(chorus)

Then he said to me
In plain telepathy
Come be on my saucer crew
I’m no shuck and jiver
Just a backseat driver
Never pushed my Chevy warp two (chorus)

The part I most enjoyed
Was the silent void
Stars like diamonds darkness wore
It’s the fastest way
Blast off on Saturday
Get back the Friday before
(chorus)

CALLING ALL ROCKETS! CALLING ALL BALLOONS!
CALLING ALL RADAR BLIPS! CALLING! CALLING!
SHOW YOUR SLIPPERY SAUCERS, CALLING!
DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW BADLY WE NEED SPACEMEN?
BUT FAIRY TALES DON’T GIVE INTERVIEWS AND FACTS
ARE JUST NO MATCH
FOR THE SCIENCE OF PERSISTENT RUMOR.

WHAT COULD BE LONELY AS A PLANET?
AFLOAT IN COLD, DARK NOTHING
DISTANT STARS STARE LIKE ICE
LIKE SOLITUDE
WHAT KEEPS US FROM COLLAPSING IN DESPAIR?
WHY DON’T WE DIE FROM THE LONELINESS OF STARS
ORPHAN ACCIDENTS ABANDONED
WITH THE HANDS OF NO COMPANION
PISS IN THE ABYSS?
LITTLE MEN FROM OUTER SPACE KEEP US GOING
BECAUSE: FAITH IS THE GIFT OF BELIEVING
IN THAT FOR WHICH THERE IS
NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE.

CALLING ALL LIFE! CALLING ALL SPIRIT!
CALLING ALL HOPES AND DREAMS.
CALLING ALL WISE AND GENTLE BEINGS
WE KNOW YOU HOVER IN ORBS ABOUT THE PLANET
CALLING ALL SAGE & GUARDIAN SPIRITS
WE FEEL YOU ALWAYS WISHING FOR US —
WE WISH FOR YOU…
CALLING ALL FORMS OF LIFE AS WE KNOW IT
CALLING! CALLING! CALLING!

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