The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, Fall 2021 (issue #1)

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Pg. 34 — ATMOSPHERIC JELLYFISH by Richard Stevenson


NASA calls them
Atmospheric Jellyfish –
space debris reflecting
off the northern lights is all.
Good creature F/X though!

I dunno
but I’ve been told NASA’s
told stories before.
Covered recovered saucers and such
down in Roswell, New Mexico.

Maybe aliens
are showing cosmic slides
to the neighbours, eh?
Ever think about that?
Could be a cosmic light show!

“Atmospheric Jellyfish!”
Better ‘n’ knockin’ noggins
on Zoom with Covid-weary friends.
Don’t need to tune in! Just look!
Look up! Look way up!

Captain Kangaroo would approve!
No strings! No puppeteer!
No Rusty or Jerome
hand cramps, crusty dialogue –
just jellyfish cruisin’ the cosmos.

Hey, maybe they eat space debris!
Wouldn’t that be cool?!
Space jellyfish janitors
cleanin’ up our mess! Who’da
guessed ‘er, Chester? Who’da guessed?