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If ever a UFO landed on your head—

“She thinks that is a weird question.

No UFO has!”

I wasn’t talking to you.

But you . . .

 

Pretend one has.

 

What do you think it would feel like?

Imagine it.

Go on.

I will wait.

 

. . .

 

I am not asking you how heavy it is or

Cold or

Bumpy or

Smooth:

You could not really know such things

At all.

I am asking what you would feel like inside—

“She would feel like an idiot!”

 

But if it was really there . . . on your head—

On her head? What is this ridiculous riddle?”

 

Okay not on your head, but over . . .

 

If you ran out of your home

With no where to go

Your hair was torn and

Bruises and

The smell of whiskey

And cigars

On your face—

 

If your shoes were untied

And you saw your mother cry

And you didn’t want to stay

One more second

In that place.

 

If the air was so cold

You could see your breath

Shooting into the night

Like a jet engine beginning a race

So you slowed your pace

And panted and heaved

And your knees buckle under you

With disgrace.

 

Let us pretend the aloneness

You feel—

“It’s just a feeling, she isn’t alone!”

 

But still . . .

 

Your aloneness is real

With no one to call

And if you turned back now

You would be thrown against a wall.

So despite your

Aloneness

You crawl

To safety and the blackest woods

You embrace.

 

If in that space

You held on tight to a

Branch you could reach

Or the neck of a deer

Or the paw of a bear

Until

At last

You saw glowing near

A rounded

Machine with light bulbs you could see

And a sound you could hear

Like a robot giving chase.

 

What would you think—

“She would think she was nuts!”

 

Okay, maybe. But . . .

 

Would you believe your eyes

Or think your sanity was disguised

In the brain of a woman

Otherwise apt?

If you could touch and

Feel

Would you believe it was real?

And what about smell?

If you could smell the exhaust

Coming from the pipe

And taste the metal on the

Wind of the night

And hear a voice shrieking,

“We come from someplace” . . .

 

If it landed and

A hand

Came out from within

Would you look at your fingers

And kiss them goodbye

In case after touching they never returned

But still reach them out

And touch the warmth

Of an unknown hand

Unrecognizable

And trust

Even before you could see his face?

 

You can answer now—

“She doesn’t want to answer,

She thinks you’ve gone mad!”

 

But there is no madness in the question. It is only a question . . .

 

“Yes,” she said.

And continued on,

“If I knew I was alone

Even in a crowd

And the sky delivered a mystery

I would.

Reach out.

And be brought in.”

 

Thank you for your honesty—

“Thanks for nothing, you mean!”

 

But thank you for telling the truth.

 

With a pair of eyes

Belonging only to her

She looked at the man

With the question,

“I would.”

 

copyright Jill Szoo Wilson

(Photo credit: This analogy was inspired by German painter Heiko Müller‘s piece, Glowing Eyes Of The Mushroom Hat.  http://heikomüller.de)

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