Visiting Neighbors

Stars implode into reality.
Ultraviolet flames through space.
Materialization into orbit, a loose circle.
Frictionless sides slide Earthward -- an
Elevator dropping so slowly to ground floor,
Settling bumplessly.

Small sun rises behind me.
Sailing over solid ground, I see initial contacts.
Wonder and fear succumb to revulsion, hostility.


"Go away; leave us alone!"


"It's a giant snake!"


"Shoot it!"

Pain seizes my outer self;
I sense death.
"I just wanted to
Borrow a cup of oil."

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