by Jeff Parent, 3.24am July 10th 2021

Antique glyphs tell a story.

Diminutive, barefoot, almost featureless,
a bald hypothesis brought to Earth.

An idea not taken seriously by most academics
though von Däniken adherents
provide convincing artefacts:

Stonehenge, the Moai of Easter Island,
pillowcases, keychains,
an appearance in an American Greetings gift book.

He lives in a simple house with a garden
they say, or
he is often at work,
labouring in service of the strip mines.

The lower half of his torso is never seen.

Surreal affections he gives to and receives
from animals and human beings
bring darkness over the sun for three days and three nights.

A deity of extraterrestrial origin.

A loveable kind of loser.

1  According to Sagan, this proves “under certain circumstances...contact...will be recorded...”