they fell from the sky
voyagers of discovery
starships of cold gold
entered our atmosphere

they explored the depths
for half a century
when they came out
people welcomed them
as gods from the sea

for another hundred years
they explored all the countries
in their shimmering machines
that no man can see

one day they sent their report
to Galactic Archives
then calmly they left
after saying goodbye
and wishing us well

great ships lifted into the sky
never to come again

every once in a while
in some old text
someone may visualize
from the writing
the presence of these beings
who came to observe
and who let us be

Written April 7, 2018 for Katsyarina.

© 2018 Christopher Mahan