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Welcoming the Alien

Wrapped in our own arrivals we have conjured a stranger

An ordinary alien grows towards us in a starless gulf

I imagine him beyond telescopes a formless smudge a point between the stars

Falling towards us he grows limbs gonads His skin resolves into the seven apertures Currents stir the brain

How to receive him lacking strength clarity

We have conjured him out of our twin enchantment called him from the two-backed spell of breath

Welcome to this bag of waters all we share of blood of tears of toil

© 2003-2020 Stephen Taylor
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