Is this an Islamic Struggle Poem?
I was walking warmly, happily on an orange-purple-sky evening,
With the low sun looking through clouds hauntingly like an incredible, reddish saucer.
Speaking of saucer, or rather thinking, for I was thinking at the time
That the sun was reddishly sinking, when another type of saucer landed
In the field on my right.
Somehow nobody else noticed, though it was all in plain sight.
And of course, you know, I did not remember any of this like it was real,
Though I know it was real because of the way that I see it.
It came back to me like it had been a dream,
After I was hypnotized and philosophized in Scream,
Long after I had reported it all to the police and the Air Force
And people who pay attention to these things.
I said that I had been invited in -- the saucer, that is --
By a very friendly purple-gray, pencil-thin person
Of both or neither sex.
I remember thinking he (she, it) looked as
Though he-she-it had not eaten for months.
But, gently patting me on the head,
It guided me into the ship.
And in a second we were over Africa, then Asia.
Over the moon, over Jupiter, over the galaxy.
Momentarily, he-she-it chatted to me in a
Cozy, gossipy, neighborly sort of way
-- As though it were just another day --
Pointing out cheerfully the successes
And failures of the universe.
"This species is good; that one, perverse.
This one goes forward; that one, reverse."
And on and on he (she, it) went checking off numerous numberless
Cumberless, wonderlust planets, as though I were a visiting a cousin
Being shown around town.
Every planet it tended to talk on evidently had water to walk on.
And suddenly I was let down.
Right back there (or here) on earth, right back where I had started
On that same road next to the same field,
Looking at the same sun so incredibly reddish.
(I thought I had had the radish.)
Of course, no one believed me.
Then when I was hypnotized a second time,
They told me (later) that I said I had spoken to that purple-gray
Pencil tour guide and asked him (her, it)
Why they (the failures) failed.
And he (she, it) answered ( I dream or hypno-recalled):
"Because they do not understand."
"But that is not their fault!" I said.
"Of course not," the purple pencil smiled,
"And it is not our fault either. Everyone gets a warning."
It was then that the ship suddenly slipped back to earth.
I got thorped out onto the ground like a cherry pit spat.
Then it rose in a sensuous hush, in a shimmery, wavery rush.
While I was torn between gladness and mourning,
It whispered again, "Everyone gets a warning."
John Manimas Medeiros, copyright 1990
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