The Flying Saucer Poetry Review, Winter 2023 (issue #2)

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38 | Poetry by Alison Jennings, Pushcart Prize Nominee

Messages from UFOs

Warnings come too late: Marley’s ghost’s a no-show;
soothsayers sink beneath their wisdom like a stone.

We blunder on blindfolded,

worshipping clock-bound household deities
at altars of daily progress, ignoring what is
doggedly chasing us, answers in its open hand.

In the wounded spaces where we cower, undiscovered
voices, like Dickensian orphans, clamor for attention.

Traverse this lonely territory, locate desperate places
where borders are crossed, and there’s no going back.

Just look to the heavens:

striated azure bands, pockmarking the dark
like pinpricks, suspended in an elliptical collage.

Multiple revelations are dropping down
from on high, condensed into a few signs.

Write everything down.

There’s no mention of a blood-dimmed tide,
or the moon running out of time; no name
for this impossible occurrence. It doesn’t matter—

the moment’s tiny and cheerful. Ink it all in.

The Truth Is Out There (Alien Abduction)

What you’ve done
is disappear,

lit out for the territory—

moments of liftoff
without boarding a plane,

locked in metaphor,
unbelievable as a UFO,
but not a lie.

Through a telescope,

you let us see
a minor miracle
of dreams
and premonitions,


a soundtrack we can’t mute;

a watchful presence
of a strange
benevolent power,

moonwalking gently
into the limitless deep.

(thanks to William Todd Schultz)

UFO Chiaroscuro

Hovering hypersonically through layers of wind-driven clouds,
a spheroidal shape paints a chiaroscuro of light and shadow,

evoking either alarm or excitation. Rain floats atop a darkened
sky, as the flashing object obscures daylight, reminding us

of unreal aspects of ordinary lives. Can we believe our eyes?
Across the horizon, the moving mass accelerates and expands,

‘til the dimming of the day shrouds it from sight, as an emerging
night of sparkling stardust silences fear with unearthly wonder.

Alison Jennings

Alison Jennings is a Seattle-based poet who taught in public schools before returning to poetry. Over 70 of her poems have been published internationally in numerous journals, including Cathexis Northwest Press, Meat for Tea, Mslexia, Poetic Sun, Red Door, Society of Classical Poets, and The Raw Art Review. She has also won 3rd Place/Honorable Mention or been a semi-finalist in several contests. For details, please visit her website.

Editor’s Note: Recently, Alison and the other twelve members of the Poets Thirteen were nominated for the Pushcart Prize by this publishing house for their renku, “Quantum Entanglement,” which appeared in the debut issue of The Lotus Tree Literary Review.