This collection is dedicated to Ian McBryde, Craig Amos, Rhiannon Dionysius, Theo Dionysius and Sylvie Dionysius for giving this collection its voice. May some mysteries never be solved.
- Big Shigir Idol
- The Ark of the Covenant
- Nazca Lines
- Stone of the Pregnant Woman
- The Green Children
- Voynich Manuscript
- Easter Island
- The Shugborough Inscription
- Bermuda Triangle
- Guadeloupe Woman
- Min Min Light
- Emilie Sagee
- Dorchester Pot
- The Mary Celeste
- Nampa Figurine
- Overtoun Bridge
- Shroud of Turin
- Antikythera Mechanism
- The Phaistos Disc
- Tunguska Event
- Wisconsin Giants
- Ten Seconds of Light
- Our Lady of Fatima
- Cottingley Fairies
- The Ghost of Goddard’s Squadron
- The Hinterkaifeck Mystery
- The Curse of the Pharaohs
- Agatha Christie
- Charlie Chaplin Cell Phone
- Black Knight Satellite
- The Loch Ness Monster
- Baghdad Batteries
- Dr Carl Tanzler
- The London Hammer
- DuPont Cell Phone
- Ettore Majorana
- Time Travelling Hipster
- Battle of Los Angeles
- Blimp L-8
- The Philadelphia Experiment
- Foo Fighters
- Amber Room
- Flight Nineteen
- The Sodder Children
- SS Ourang Medan
- Kenneth Arnold UFO Sighting
- The Roswell Incident
- Dead Sea Scrolls
- Captain Thomas F. Mantell
- The Tamam Shud Case
- Rudolph Fentz
- McMinnville UFO Photographs
- Mary Reeser
- Taured Man
- The Pollock Twins
- Dyatlov Pass
- The Watcher
- Back Seat Ghost
- The Hill Abduction
- Babushka Lady
- Bouvet Island
- Lonnie Zamora Incident
- Solway Firth Spaceman
- The Hook Island Monster
- The Tully Saucer Nest
- The Westall UFO Encounter
- The Lead Masks Case
- The Mothman Prophecies
- Bigfoot – Patterson-Gimlin Film
- Our Lady of Zeitoun
- The Zodiac Killings
- Bimini Road
- Secret Moon Base
- UVB-76- ‘The Buzzer’
- Aluminium Wedge of Aiud
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Lawndale Illinois Thunderbird Attack
- Wow! Signal
- Beast of Bodmin Moor
- Granger Taylor
- Father Crespi
- The Coventry Spectre
- The Taos Hum
- Klerksdorp Spheres
- Boothill Cemetery Ghost
- Heaven’s Gate
- The Bloop
- Ricky McCormick
- Atacama Humanoid
- Salish Sea Severed Feet
- Lerina Garcia Gordo
- James Richards
- Baltic Sea Anomaly
- Cicada 3301
- Elisa Lam
- Flight MH370
Big Shigir Idol
Ural Mountains, Kirovograd, Russia, 11,000 BCE.
their cubs vanished
as tree bark grew
over claw marks
wounded skin healing
into a quartz coloured scar
cold territories melting
dressed an old tree carcass
cut stripes into its trunk
for those powerful gods
we added faces, zig zag
of mountains where caves
grieved under a millennia
of bones. we trembled
as lions growled their hunger
until they died.
Location Unknown, 9360 BCE.
it was the first false analogy
it is found everywhere and
everyone has dreamed
of finding it
queen mab lives there
plato had it destroyed by
volcano and earthquakes
to teach us a lesson
it is a symbol, a casino
something we all create
something we all tear down
the heart of the matter
it still inspires
its name graces spaceships
it is gut instinct
or last hope
it is also fear
sudden mass extinction
earth’s gigantic disregard
for everything, for us.
Wiltshire, England, 2300-2200 BCE.
the local workers were dumb
but cheap & strong to boot
happy to move the bluestones
into a circle. this seemed to
please them as did digging in
the dirt to extend the earthwork
avenue right up to the avon river
once the power had been connected
they turned the time-lakes on from
their side & gravity’s tide pulled
the two earths closer, like how their
moon was caught in earth-seven’s
own stream of gravitational wash.
tools down, there’d be a 400 yearlong
smoko until the bronze age shift.
The Ark of the Covenant
Last known location in Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem, 587-607 BCE.
a long long line of missionaries spread the word
from earth-three; moses encapsulated its values
into ten commandments etched into two tablets
manna from the golden poppies of taured was
added to the ark of your strength; aaron’s rod
that budded, a st martin’s land relic along with
the idea for decorating the solid gold lid; cherubs
the earth-seven faithful called them; the winged
elohim from the thul mountains are still delighted
by the angelic moniker. when the babylonians
besieged jerusalem, the high tauredian priestess
ordered the ark of the testimony to be retrieved
after all she had seen a time when a new covenant
was coming to earth-seven; it’d be another four
hundred years before the last mission was over.
Nazca, Peru, 200 BCE – 300 CE.
nothing can land here
loose gravel will spin their tyres
soft sand will bog them
art turns them into animals
geoglyphs, an emotional runway
dare not to draw gods small
head comes off; a cactus flower
scoop out the pulp, paint a tree
with eyes on a jug full of water
bury them sitting upright; a pilot
navigating the undead stars, spirits
see it all laid out as they rise.
Stone of the Pregnant Woman
Baalbeck, Lebanon, 37 CE- 68 CE.
is a man
or a child
stone of janeen
touch the limestone
jinn couldn’t move them
swell with children
not 40,000 men
needed to fondle
monoliths into place
house rules, they
ran out of time.
The Green Children
Woolpit, Suffolk, East Anglia, England, 1135–1154 CE.
sometimes there is leakage of one
earth into another. their cattle got
wind of an unregistered time-pool
high up in the mountains of st
martin’s land & the little shepherds
couldn’t turn them around in time
plunging into the charged water
after their aurochs, the children
phased into earth-seven, landing
somewhere rural in the equivalent
country of england. found near
a wolfpit, green skin betrayed
their earth-three heritage as they
hadn’t eaten the paste that changed
the colour of their skin to match
this earth’s tones & brighter light
their land cast in twilight aqua hues
from their giant green sun
they found some broad beans
that they could at least stomach
a side-effect being their skin assumed
the natives’ colour. the search parties
gave up too, after all no one knew
when they had landed & the rogue
pool was drained to prevent further
time-slips. centuries later, tauredian
scholars heard about their fate via
legends that came down from their
medieval period. the boy it seems
succumbed to disease, but the girl
survived to adulthood & even married
first proof that the different species
could co-mingle – perhaps funding
should be sought for a follow up
study on the fate of the hybrids
those who love everything green.
Northern Taured, Euplar, Earth-Three, 1404–1438 AG.
a stolen account of taured’s
medieval herbal remedies
its rare botanical oddities
its pharmacological heritage
of dimensional travel
each traveller ingests
the poultice, that protects
them against drowning
in space-time’s poison
each wormhole leads to
an alternate earth, each
circle of nude women
power the time stream by
bathing in gravity’s darkness
opening a portal to one
of the twelve time-lakes
that wash the shores
of human existence
in 1954 an agent was ordered
to recover the book, but was
sent by mistake to earth-seven
like that time two hundred
years ago a kraken accidentally
washed into its ocean
imagine, if a horsepillar
escaped to their world
what a furore there’d be
so many men would
be burnt at the stake
for streaming heresy
lucky for all tauredians
the stupid natives cannot
decipher the holy book.
Southeastern Pacific Ocean, Chile, (Easter Sunday), 5th April 1722.
lucky too the interdimensional
convict resettlement program
was eventually stopped over
a millennia ago. another earth
-seven failure, colonial abuse
that led earth- three criminals
to revert to savagery & establish
rituals to try & return home
those 887 moai they carved
to stimulate the time-pools
& stir public sympathy for
their plight almost worked
it was right to cut off all contact
with the penal colony after the
europeans landed. let them
think that the bird cult was
some quaint rite of passage
& not the racial memory
of swimming as children
in taured’s time-lakes.
The Shugborough Inscription
Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, England 1748-1763.
O U O S V A V V
in middle-tauredian it says;
here travellers from the planet earth-three
first set foot upon earth-seven, 2299 BCE.
Miami, Florida peninsula, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Bermuda, 1800 – Present day.
place a triangle anywhere
over the vastness of the ocean
& you’ll find lost ships & planes.
Guadeloupe Island, French Caribbean, 1812.
nothing intelligent in the design
head and feet taken for piracy
noah’s flood didn’t drown her
tide shifted her bird hollow bones
sand solidified around her, wrapped
a calcareous shawl about her shoulders
a miocene misadventure; no god
intervened on her behalf, scientists
got the joke and filed her away
still causing havoc, she’s
a buccaneer boarding the
creationists’ sinking vessel.
Min Min Light
Between Boulia and Winton, 1838 – Present day.
the way it picked out
individual hairs in
the mare’s mane.
Wolmar in what is now Latvia, 1845.
the sewing class prick thumbs
suck their own blood, looking
out the window, see ms sagee
pale, wooden limbs struggling
with her lead trowel, then she
enters the classroom, bright
as dawn; children turn back to
the window where their teacher
still weeds outside, as her eclipse
casts its white, spiderweb shadow
over her desk. some braver girls rise
& weave fingers through its gossamer.
Meeting House Hill, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1852.
be wispy as ether
float to easy pickings
rich bostonians who
only exhale smoke
on rare weekends
take the antique
zinc & silver in storage
indian pipes not missed
until the next inventory
bury the bell-shaped base
near the quarry, in earth
that’s already desecrated
pray the mine’s expansion
is delayed before boston’s
churches cough up stone.
The Mary Celeste
Azores Islands, 4th December 1872.
her beautiful trim
a lady’s smooth thigh
rising from a bath
a sailor’s rolling gait
clothes askew after a fight
morehouse stopped her
a sleepwalker unaware
of going through trauma
shocked motions of living
two stones struck under water
heads held below the surface
small boys know what happens
to the ears, the nose
the sea is cagey
about its violence
wrenched the eggshell hull
believers took to the yawl
compasses spun backwards
smelt fumes as embers flared
an axe bit deep into black spruce
all rowed towards god.
Nampa, Idaho, USA, 1889.
fragile as truth
they said it came
up from a great well
baked clay doll proof
of two million years
of human activity
history they fired
from the 19th century
at those tenderfeet
as an indian child cried
over her lost toy.
West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, 1895 – Present day.
we are a temporary
structure for atoms
we whine our loyalty
as we fall, the stones
minks emerge from
the water, ghosts of
dead dogs sit
oh the joy
of being one with
the thin place.
Shroud of Turin
Holy See, Vatican City, Rome, 28th May 1898.
produce a counter-narrative
for centuries the face of jesus
assumes the cloth’s wounded
fibre. their belief in fiction
keeps them ignorant, taured safe
beware their new technology
yes, the shroud is a negative
but not of the son of their god
but earth three’s most famous
author who fled into exile
with his opus magnum;
the voynich manuscript.
Antikythera wreck off the Greek Island of Antikythera, 17th May, 1901.
earth-seven advocates gave the instructions
to hipparchus illegally, fifteen-hundred years
before their future scientists & clockmakers
would crack this astrological technology
as punishment, they sent an earthquake
& destroyed the colossus of rhodes
later these terrorists tried to pass
the tech onto the romans, but the ship
was intercepted & sunk with all
hands lost. mission accomplished
the natives found its oxidised remains
over a century ago. near miss that one.
The Phaistos Disc
Minoan palace of Phaistos, Crete, 3rd July 1901.
stolen by those cosmic creeps
the disc is one of earth-three’s
earliest attempts of writing down
instructions on how to use the time
-pools properly. it was brazenly taken
from the taured national museum
their aim was to give the other earths
knowledge of how to time-slip between
the twelve dimensions. they did it in
the name of time equality they claim.
thankfully the earth-seven natives lack
the botanical context to this day to
decipher its directions. based on their
history of violence & resource exploitation
this is ironically the disc’s safest destiny.
Siberia, near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River, 30th June 1908.
the sky’s grey canopy split in two
eighty million charred tree angels
cooked venison still smoking
send agents in twenty years later
to airburst other theories – meteor
comet, exploding spaceship to get
a giggle. this is why we must recover
the v manuscript. interdimensional
spells miscast by amateurs have one
hundred & fifty times the tnt power
of hiroshima. in the wrong hands
earth seven would be levelled
like flat-pack furniture
one can never reconstruct.
Lake Delavan, Wisconsin, 4th May 1912.
there were giants in the earth in those days
they called them the nephilim
who bred with human women
their offspring; a huge literature
of tall men not surprisingly; polyphemus
goliath & his brothers, the bfg
giant women still of a smaller stature.
six fingers, six toes, double rows of teeth
sloping foreheads, elongated jaws
bones can be trained to stretch, vines
attached to a lattice snake up not down
beans grow long attached to their stem
gigantism lost its newspaper flavour
by the nineteen fifties; besides new fears
were serialised, as ufos buzzed cities
people looked to the skies, not at
the ground for sensation, though
they kept the enlarged heads
the race of giants was forgotten
a second time, their large bones
aching from the sudden chill
it’s only the imagination
that remains oversized.
Ten Seconds of Light
Calgary, Alberta, 24th May 1913.
what ‘yer so happy about,
your ol’ man’s about to go out there
and get ‘is ‘ead beat in
light said you are always a second
away from your death
light said that in a minute
clouds will part; curtains opening
light said you are decades away
from being dust motes
light said your name is already
written in the great ledger
light said the metal was always
in the church bell
light said at the bout’s end there
is only one referee who counts.
Our Lady of Fatima
Fatima, Portugal, 13th May -13th October 1917.
she makes the sheep glow
as if they’re clouds grounded
it hurts to look at her
she whispers things
hell, russia, war, peace
stories pass the time
they want to believe
mothers, villagers, local
priests, the holy see
she tells us, look at the sun
retinal cells dance for
seventy thousand pilgrims
afterimages glow as radiant
as vision, as faith, as devotion
temporary blindness is healed
spanish flu kills the portuguese
cousins, at nine and ten but
they knew this already
she has work to do
lives until ninety-seven
they live on as saints
a pope pockets a bullet
the virgin wears a round
there is nothing miraculous
Cottingley, West Yorkshire, England, July 1917.
what are young girls to do
but mooch around the beck
& make some organic fun
we ticed the camera from
our father, we ticed the
illustrations from a book
we ticed on wings to turn
them into fairies with our
industrial light & magic
we created new life
the fifth photo we just
aimed & snapped.
The Ghost of Goddard’s Squadron
Edinburgh, Shanghai, Japan coastline, 1919, 1935 & 1946.
air force hat ejected
a spent artillery shell
body half dissolved
somme corpses that
the earth processed
a brown-yellow cloud
a bruise after three days
he saw the future in
an instant; an enemy
in his mirror
a third prophecy
a witch’s revenge
a sailor saw him die
in his dream; a heady
fate is the stick in your
hand, your thumb
on your gun button.
The Hinterkaifeck Murders
Bavaria, Germany, 31st March 1922.
take them to the barn
for a family meeting
axe handle does for kindling
cleanse the house too
of damned incest, enseamed
beds, filthy sties, luxury couches
leave no witnesses
hide in the grim attic
intercept the alimony letter
footprints blend with neighbours’
they don’t know it was your smoke
don’t forget to feed the animals.
The Curse of the Pharaohs
Tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings, Egypt, November 1922.
a king cobra swallows the canary whole
lord carnarvon is the first to fall, cutting
that raised mosquito bite while shaving
blood poisoning being the oldest curse
known to humans. the italian dictator
returns his own mummy out of fear
carter sees jackals for the first time in
thirty-five years as anubis watches with
interest the fate of those st martin’s land
refugees who escaped to earth-seven, six
thousand years ago & established new lives
for themselves as god-kings to the locals
their power to harness dark gravity shifting
one hundred tonne boulders for the pyramids
as easily as a child seizes the neck of a bird.
Sunningdale, Berkshire, England 3rd December, 1926.
she left her morris & phased back using
the silent pool gateway near her house
for eleven days the tamam shud director
debriefed her on her progress with finding
the voynich manuscript, what assets she’d
accumulated, what leads she’d found. her
earth-seven bona fides were pristine, her
legend as a crime writer was growing. she
was told to change her pattern & divorce
the human she had married for her cover.
her handler said she was to remarry another
birdwatcher. she had a distinguished career
her pocket litter included sixty-six novels
& fourteen short story collections published
on earth-seven. there was only one blip on
her stellar record. after phasing back she’d
had some mild gravity poisoning & entered
a short-term fugue. signed her real name
in the hotel’s register, as mrs teresa neele.
Charlie Chaplin Cell Phone
Mann’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California, 1928.
pull the cosmic strings
to get back there for
the world premiere
who rides zebras?
a place full of tramps
the reception was lousy
as a film critic’s review
with all the street noise
she couldn’t hear anything
she was made for the silent era.
Black Knight Satellite
Earth-seven orbit, 1932 – Present day.
it offers paradise
to come visit
a better life
a complete escape
a romantic getaway
a home away from home
an all expense tour
a breakout session
a galaxy package tour
first class facilities
a flag of convenience
a frequent flyer program
in house catering
a long stay
a night clerk’s report
a teachable moment
a walk in refrigerator.
13,000 year old billboard
tauredian orbital blight.
Loch Ness Monster
Loch Ness, 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness, Scotland, 1934.
there is always something in the lake’s eye
do not touch the man said the saint & it lost
the tug of war with god. mouthful of lamb
scare the new motorists, put the brakes on
natural selection. but for its isolation it should
not exist this brother to the blue coelacanth
stung pride, revenge is a backstreet abortion
of wood putty mounted on a toy submarine
a head & a neck, an engorged whale penis
in grey the gynaecologist snaps twice. sink
the beast as the water bailiff approaches
one grainy picture makes it into the daily
watch the ripple effect.
Khujut Rabu just outside Baghdad, 1938.
again, those earth-three terrorists struck
inculcating the natives of parthia with ideas
on generating an electrical current millennia
before they dangled keys off kites in storms
thankfully the indigenous’ greed got the better
of them & all they were interested in was plating
gold onto silver with their primitive alchemy
they buried as many jars as they could find &
waited ages before the past gave up its treasure.
Dr Carl Tanzler
Key West, Florida, October 25, 1931 – 1940.
raid the mausoleum built for her
piano wire her bones together, coat
hangers for the pelvis, glass eyes
taken from the blind wing of the
hospital. chemicals they will never miss
rags for the inner organs, silk cloth
replaces her cuban-american skin
soak it in wax, plaster of paris her
like repairing a crack in the wall
wait for her to dry before you can
touch her again. insert the plastic tube
spray her favourite perfume around
he couldn’t save her in life so he
turns her into his private wax museum
for seven years he stops up the
leaking fluid of his one-sided love.
The London Hammer
London, Texas, June 1936.
some god lost their hammer
after a sixteen hour double shift
their pay was docked the price.
DuPont Cell Phone
Outside DuPont factory, Massachusetts, USA, 1938.
polymers so small that they
strain the eyes of imagination
in churns we mix the future
leaving the factory, tired, dizzy
after a twelve hour shift; nylon
strung out nerves, teflon tendonitis
the insecticide smell never leaves them
hard to keep a fella when you remind
him of bugs. she is thinking of a bath
the afternoon sun irritates like fly spray
rubs her red jaw with her glasses case.
Between Palermo and Naples, 25th March 1938.
he wasn’t sad that
he’d missed the war
lost friends to the future
einstein had just died
his matter colliding with
in a flicker he was gone
like hiroshima, nagasaki
he’d missed the split atom
little man. fat boy, united
states teeth bared at russia
but what a leap he’d made
off the boat, the sea hadn’t
rejected him a second time
sadness is a universal force
but at least his mind had not
been weaponised by any state
he still had the dark hair
body and face of a young man
in nineteen fifty-five earth seven
middle-age bypassed like
a highway skirting around
a small village in argentina
but time travel can’t cure
shyness, women still were
a reactive particle, his yellow
studebaker the only solid object
in his liminality, cigarette packets
did for genius notes; neutrinos flared
by the end of his journey
he had ceased to be any one thing,
but instead became several different things,
both alive and dead, simultaneously.
Time Travelling Hipster
South Fork Bridge, British Columbia, 1941.
there are no bridges
where he comes from
water does not exist
for there to be spans
of steel or stone
gather at each new opening
tightrope walkers itch
the light is too yellow
sluices into his eyes
his helmet hair sticks up
he generates his own field
to jump home to taured
without that damn manuscript
the past is a bridge too far.
Battle of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA, 24th February 1942.
loose nerves, the lost weather balloon
unleashes a paranoid frenzy over the
blacked-out city. air wardens will not
be caught sleeping a second time. they
are ready; the fifty cals & anti-aircraft guns
pepper the night’s hide with hunters’ shot
fourteen hundred rounds hit nothing
over the hour long barrage, nothing
japanese, nothing alien. in the chaos
three cars & two hearts give out.
Treasure Island, San Francisco, 16th August 1942.
faulty radar heats
up the love gondola
first microwave oven
metal sparks, clothes
smolder, if you can’t
stand the heat, get out
they sizzle in salt water
oil slick covers burnt limbs
both flotsam & jetsam.
The Philadelphia Experiment
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1943.
prometheus is what they call themselves
these insurgents from earth-three who
try to pass on state secrets to the other
earths. bending light with electrical
generators, the natives thought they
had stumbled onto an invisibility cloak
for their warships. instead they mangled
gravity’s unified spell & produced a time-
field that transported the uss eldridge for
ten minutes into earth-three, into malabar
bay to be precise, seawater acting as a conduit
for the time transfer. without ingesting the
poultice to prevent dark gravity poisoning
those poor earth-seven sailors were doomed;
lucky ones fused to the ship’s bulkheads or
decks like iron centaurs, the unlucky bastards
were just turned inside out like vacuum cleaner
bags. all hands lost. taured naval intelligence
heard that the earth-seven country, the usa,
even went to the trouble of building a replica
destroyer escort, scuttling the original &
doctoring all reports. they even hired death
row criminals to replace ship’s crew, sworn
to secrecy to act until their deaths as the lost
men. imagine trying to convince wives
& girlfriends; though advanced taured
facial reconstruction surgery helped too.
The Ruhr Zone, Germany, 1944.
their bodies vibrate to the bomber’s tune
as the four wright radials sing their greasy
symphony over germany. the losses are
great. night is not much better. everything
is foo. keep the nose in a straight line, safe
inside their combat box. the 109s raking
them from a distance is foo. bombs that
fall on friendlies is foo. flak is foo. mech
failure is foo. even those lights trailing after
them, perhaps the souls of airmen, are foo.
Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg, East Prussia), Russia, 9th– 11th April 1945.
a gift for peter the great, six tonnes
of carboniferous amber, gold, gems
& mirrors reflected those cutpurses
of the empire. later another thousand
year reign stripped the room bare like
removing old wallpaper for a reno
malabar the third of taured coveted
the amber room; the yellow earth
-seven gemstone absent from the
mineral deposits of earth-three that
missed the geological conditions for tree
sap to be compressed into coal seams.
seed ferns, cycads & conifers still power
on in the fifteen percent more oxygen
of earth-three’s present rich atmosphere
so, the emperor time-slipped a team of
experts into königsberg to retrieve the amber
room for its own protection, before the
british lancasters & red army reservists
pulverized the old castle to its foundations
reports say he was tickled over the tiny
insects taured scientists found inside it.
Bermuda Triangle, 5th December, 1945.
he knew numbers
but not why
in the pacific
he just flew
the damn thing
dogged his leader
so he could find
his way back
he didn’t want
to instruct, to go
they would find out
made his compass
broken, his school
excuses came back
no sea monsters took them
the behemoth was in his head
dyscalculia, more fearsome
than zeros, atlantis or ufos
his number sense bailed
the sea divided them up.
The Sodder Children
Fayetteville, West Virginia, USA, 24th December 1945.
in the intense heat everything froze
water in the pumps, car engines, ladders
& firemen who had to be woken
who called her? doors unlocked
lights left on she heard a thump
on the roof as though santa
had fallen. smoke tickles your
throat awake. shake your snoring
husband grab as many kids as you
can feel. the house burns down
a cigarette smoked by a nervous
soldier. five are missing like pieces
from a checkers set. authorities
sentence them to fiery death but
there are no bones/charred skeletons
plough the house in. who can start
over? belief resurrects them as kid-
napped complicit police, mafia boss
teaching lessons. wait for the story
to die down, parents to die naturally
to sever last links with earth seven
besides, they work for taured now.
SS Ourang Medan
Straits of Malacca, Dutch East Indies, June 1947.
shiro ishii’s ghostly curse struck them
salt water’s torture flensed the barrels’
flesh releasing invisible wraiths that
attacked their insides. crew collapsed
choking on the past, even the dog fell
snarling at unseen forces lips curled
“S.O.S. from Ourang Medan * * * we float.
All officers including the Captain, dead in chartroom
and on the bridge. Probably whole of crew dead * * *.”
the war, reaching out from the grave still
weapons taught to go in for the kill.
Kenneth Arnold UFO Sighting
North of Mount Rainier, Washington, USA, 24th June 1947.
a string of bright tadpole eggs connected
by cosmic tissue. rule out a flock of high
altitude geese, or some new kind of army
jet without a tail. open the pilot’s window
rule out condensation on the windshield
snow dusting at speed down mt rainier
move as river-washed stones skipping
across water & twist like trout in the sky’s
turbulent stream, flying faster than anything
they had up there; the speed of sound
still virginal & chaste to earth-seven aircraft
they looped as the tail of a kite in a stiff
breeze, their flat, crescent-shapes a ribbon
of light that cut into his eyes as they fled
southward. he banked & flew a parallel
course; each set on a unique destination.
The Roswell Incident
Roswell, New Mexico, USA, 4th July, 1947.
that was the end of the supply drops
for the tauredian agents. they were
just thankful for the two cover stories
first a crashed alien spacecraft, then
a downed government weather balloon
still, heads rolled back home over
the earth-seven natives getting their
first hands on taured time travel tech
luckily, even after seventy years of
analysis, the stupid hominids of this
reality are no closer to the truth than
they were in 1947. these hopeless
children still learning to stand.
Dead Sea Scrolls
Qumran caves, Judean Desert, West Bank, November 1946 – February 1947.
base the way whole civilisations for
two thousand years work, on fragments
of stories stored in clay jars, preserved in
the cool darkness like outcasts or lepers
thank god for no bored children with sticks
or earthquakes, war tremors that wash away
entire libraries, rare collections, god statues
that are detonated by ideological short fuses.
thank goodness for the dry preserving heat
of the desert air & slow temper of the dark.
Captain Thomas F. Mantell
Franklin, Kentucky, on the Kentucky–Tennessee state line, USA, 7th January, 1948.
they say that he was just chasing a luminous venus
a pinpoint of light warped through his canopy glass
that he could never tail, but this object was metallic
& huge through the haze. or a secret navy skyhooks
balloon, sniffing out the russian nukes, that he could
never match for its altitude; his brain a no contest
from oxygen’s surrender, his mind an empty fuel tank
jettisoned of its reason. as mantell climbed & climbed
his mustang’s packard engine screamed its defiance
of the jet age which had hobbled it. some beam shot
out & hit his fighter; whether it was the sun breaking
through the afternoon’s bloody gauze or some other
bandit was unknown, but a field stopped
his circular argument, his wristwatch &
the finely-tuned mechanism of his life.
The Tamam Shud Case
Somerton, South Australia, 1st December, 1948.
the suitcase is farce
drop it, take the book
hop the bus, act normal
head full of micro writing
nurse’s door is clamped shut
as a hand over a mouth
this is not the end
only a joyous breakup
the manuscript is long gone
there is no coming back
lick the page’s corner
venom jumps his bloodstream
tide goes out from the beach
a shell is left by the rocks.
Times Square, New York City, USA, 1950.
no time to change
out of his victorian get up
he jumped seventy-four years
on a hunch from the agents
the v manuscript had been
seen in an estate jewelers
the taxi cab barrelled him over
an acorn blown by the winter wind
the coroner dug into his pockets
all his tokens were for saloons
& stables that no longer existed
his old banknotes crumbled.
McMinnville UFO photographs
Trent farm approximately nine miles (15 km) from McMinnville, Oregon 11th May, 1950.
kids’ boots suspended from power line
laces garroting the wire gave the trents the
idea in the first place. plus all that hoo-ha
surrounding roswell was good for breaking
the monotony of breeding rabbits & scratching
a living out of the farm. experts never looked
at the evidence right in front of them. in
the unpublished life magazine photos their
son’s old wagon stands on just three wheels,
the fourth one’s whereabouts – unidentified.
St Petersburg, Florida, USA (1948-12-01), 2nd July, 1951.
a favourite weapon of the tamam shud
is the vorpal blade, which once it cuts
its victim ignites fat – lighting the body’s
fuse. mary’s skull shrank to the size of a
tea cup, reverting to the natural mass of
her st martin’s land origins. her shape-
shifting tissue burnt quickly like candle
wax; hot liquid pooled in her fake body’s
holder until she guttered out completely
she had broken the sacred ban & tried to
make a new life for herself as a human on
earth-seven. ‘this was not called execution’
it was called confinement.
Tokyo Airport, Tokyo, July 1954.
time was out of joint
his am radio overlapped
with a tokyo station
his papers were not
legit in this dimension
as he looked at a map
that never existed
he’d never heard
cursing those taured
travel agents who sent him
on this mystery flight
looking for that damned book.
The Pollock Twins
Hexham, Northumberland, England, July 7th May 1957- 4th October 1958.
sometimes the time-stream just
corrects itself. the agitated waters
finding a calm equilibrium after
a rock is thrown into its centre.
this is not reincarnation, this is
learning to breathe underwater
Ural Mtns Russia, 2nd February 1959.
a body clock
for time of death
two trees grew
below, a gutted fire
two naked statues
two more with hands
frozen pompeii faces
spring thaw found five
more, ravine wedged,
two crushed chests,
a broken skull,
a tongue pulled out by its roots
car crash force required
a malformed werewolf
with human feet
terror’s half life
a compelling unknown force
russian military experiment
a scrawled note:
now we know
there are snowmen.
Corroboree Rock, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, 1959.
yes, bird-watching is interdimensional too
tauredian & even st martin’s land twitchers
& ornithologists go crazy for earth-seven’s
over nine thousand species; earth-three’s
own endemics still caught in evolution’s
oven; half-baked between dinosaur & bird
coorobooree rocks’ spring long dried out.
Back Seat Ghost
Ipswich, England, 22nd March, 1959.
graveyard for images
mother in her fav chair
wind the film backward
use the last shot up
hubbie in his hillman
depress the button
sun is a ghost hunter
exposing a doppelganger.
The Hill UFO Abduction
White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA, 19th September – 20th September, 1961.
electro-magnetic clamps hold down the car
like a cattle-crush pinning the chevy bel-air’s
carcass to the road. stun guns thrum with an
electric fence’s taught buzzing, as senses reel
against their bodies’ aftershock. resistance is
futile; ear-tag memories with a mental block
in her dreams the little blue cadets patrol
the forest, offer her a manicure on-board their
ship & try to give her a facsimile of the v book
an argument breaks out; some of the landsmen
don’t want trouble with taured, so the book is
returned. they push their eyes into their eyes.
keep shifting shapes so they can’t focus on their
real form. their language is mumble. take samples
as per the brief. yawn & cup the male’s genitals
plant suggestions of aliens eviscerating cows.
Dallas, Texas, USA. 23rd November 1963.
in a wardrobe
in the mid-west
a box of unprocessed
black & curled
as a snake’s tongue
waits in its viper nest
to strike at history
it will process
a second shooter
on the grassy knoll
sunglasses, a bonnet
a colourful dress coat
she was caught on camera
despite all the resources
of the free world, fbi, cia
she vanished, a negative
exposed by the texan sun.
South Atlantic, April 1964.
one thousand miles from land
scattered oars, the whaling boat
bleached white as a skull.
Lonnie Zamora Incident
Socorro, New Mexico, USA, 24th April 1964.
his brain tried to rationalise what he saw
the white oval object was obviously a car
that had crashed & stood upright on its
fender or rear end in the arroyo; a vee-dub?
such a strange way for a vehicle to come to rest.
two kids in white coveralls were beside it.
lucky not to be killed he thought. then not
quite a jet engine’s whine, but rising in hurricane
pitch, an ominous roar that told him to leg it.
the kids had gone. a bunsen burner’s blue flame
ignited under its chassis & like some gigantic
inverted ivory zippo, all noise cut out leaving
a silent flame, departing at supersonic speed.
how could his policeman’s mind register those
st martin’s landsmen’s failed first expedition?
Solway Firth Spaceman
Cumbria, England, 23rd May 1964.
his eye on daddy’s
he centred the flowers
his wife transformed
into an alien astronaut
digging the elastic hem
out of her arse.
The Hook Island Monster
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia, 12th December 1964.
to ever swim in fluid
black tadpole on steroids
kelp gathered into a hair bun
behind the sea’s trendy head
hair follicle on giant’s sweaty arm.
The Tully Saucer Nest
Tully, Queensland, Australia, 19th January, 1966.
rebellious teenage tauredians on dares
will sometimes illegally time-slip to the
other earths; flattened swamp reeds or
corn crops are a by-product of the dark
gravitational forces that accompany the
transfer. some will even steal their parents’
g-ships & joyride throughout the alternate
worlds, the advanced technology carving
circles around the local machinery. time-
pools are almost always linked to the wettest
areas on the other earths, tully a favourite of
the kids. gravity has no smell, no combustion
flattened plants form sacred glyphs from the
voynich manuscript; ‘crop circles’ the superstitious
natives call them; as if adolescents would waste
their time on healthy food when the rains come.
The Westall UFO Encounter
Westall State School, Clayton South, Melbourne, Australia, 6th April, 1966.
through the science class’s louvres she saw
a silver-white oval object moving across the
corrugated melbourne sky. cell division was
forgotten as her class scattered to inspect the
‘flying saucer’ that bobbed silently over their
school with no visible propulsion ejecting gas
her teacher went too; television was flush with
aliens; ‘star trek’, ‘doctor who’, the kids were
easily distracted & they all needed a good laugh
it landed in the grange bushland where it held
a short tryst with the long grass, crushing it in
its eager love, before it fled the humiliating scene
the first students to jump the fence & chase it
fainted on seeing the bulbous thing take off,
dragging its long translucent trunk into the air.
The Lead Masks Case
Vintem Hill, Rio de Janeiro, 20th August, 1966.
16:30 be at agreed place
suit up, slick back hair
look your best forever
18:30 swallow capsules
of potassium iodine
a sip of water, lie down
after effect protect metals
remove watches, chains
rings as conductors
wait for mask signal
apply cold lead masks
heavy as a migraine
contact taured a second time
homemade goggles protect
against intense luminosity
so they are promised
spirits rise like boys floating
kites as the poison crows
take the rest of the cash,
car, leave towels behind
souls hitchhike into space.
The Mothman Prophecies
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA, 16th November, 1966.
the sun was his right eye & the moon
was his left. mothman! of course the
earth-seven idiots would trivialize
horus’ significance & relegate him to
some supervillain status; give him red
eyes, dust for a body, perhaps feelers
they always mistake a warning for a
threat, landing in front of a car as an
act of aggression, not communication
for months the tauredian deity fixated
on the bridge over the ohio river, could
see the cracks in point pleasant’s future
marveling in the abundance of water on
earth-seven, so taken for granted by locals
rare as diamonds back on earth-three.
Bigfoot – Patterson-Gimlin Film
Bluff Creek, California, USA, 20th October 1967.
a girl can’t go
needed to pee bad
behind a big uprooted
stump, but cowboys turned
up with horses, a camera
looked back twice
no privacy anymore
across the sandbar
up rattly bluff creek
bolted, once out of sight
pov video they’ll
upload on the internet
that mates will share
a million times.
Our Lady of Zeitoun
Coptic Church Zeitoun, Cairo, Egypt, April 1968.
papier-mâché a blessed virgin &
paint her an immaculate white. fix
struts to her back as though a kite
take her to the churches’ rooftop.
set her up in position like a sniper.
borrow a spotlight & run the leads.
shine it only at night. keep the gates
locked. distance is the camera’s disciple.
analogue flares will crown her with halos.
make the sightings random. hire an actress
who will take a vow of silence. think of the
coffers & pray that this illusion will stick.
The Zodiac Killings
California, USA, 20th December, 1968 – 11th October, 1969.
he was taured’s most heinous time-slip
criminal, wanted for the murders of up
to two hundred people on at least
eight different earths. his mother had
dipped him too soon as a baby into
the time-pools & his mind never
recovered from gravity’s poison
he said he wanted slaves to serve
him in the afterlife. he even used
one of taured’s most sacred symbols
as his murderous calling card. he
finally slipped up when he became
addicted to earth-seven’s disease
of seeking media fame, his encoded
letters led agents of tamam shud
to the right time in their 1974
the trial was brief. he went to
the dissolution pools without fuss
all trace of his existence winked
out of the twelve time-streams
as black gravity pulled him under.
North Bimini Island, Bahamas, 2nd September 1968.
project desire onto rock
and you create; roads, walls
quays, temples, columns
corrupt the archaeology
build the ideal tourist trap
divers chip away at legends
beach rock broken up
the planet takes its time
to set up a good joke
we are the butte of it.
Secret Moon Base
Sea of Tranquillity, Luna, 21st July 1969.
it was what?
it was hell
others are there
far side lined up
UVB-76- ‘The Buzzer’
Near the village of Lozhki, Povarovo, Russia, late 1970s – Present Day.
twenty-four/seven it buzzes an
agitated hive hidden in the russian
wastes to fuel cold war stories
they think someone left a microphone
on from ww2, or secret base speech
encoded with khrushchev’s sleeper orders
“? — 143. ?? ??????? ?????????.” “???? ????? ?????? ?? ??????????.”
“I am 143. Not receiving the generator.”
“That stuff comes from hardware room.”
play dance of the little swans, count to ten
in russian to confuse the eavesdroppers;
“brigade operative officer on duty’”
spout meaningless earth-seven words
“debut” “nadezhda” “sudak” “vulkan”
don’t give up on finding the v book.
Aluminium Wedge of Aiud
Mures River, Aiud, Romania, 1974.
a mastodon’s bridle bit?
landing gear from a small
alien craft? the aluminium
wedge shifted down through
the river’s sand over decades
easily, as a piece of neutron
star washed through the planet
don’t look at the past, or the future
look for a rusted coal excavator
seized up by its oxide stroke
missing a tooth from its mining
bucket; buried in a romanian scrapyard.
Bloomfield Township, Detroit, USA, 30th July, 1975.
it wasn’t the mafia who set up the meeting
in the restaurant’s carpark, but st martin’s
land secret service agents, ordered to
extradite him back to earth-three for
a new opportunity to organise their
independence from taured’s reign
he hated it at first; the dull green light
from earth-three’s sun, the ‘little green
men’ as he called st martin’s citizens.
he hated the horsepillars, giant insects
dinosaur plants, even the vegan food
he missed his earth-seven family dearly
the union of free st martin’s land fed
him scraps of information over the years
how his son rose to lead the teamsters
like his old man. he lived to be a hundred
a veteran of organising rights on two worlds
given a state funeral by a free st martin’s land.
Lawndale Illinois Thunderbird Attack
Lawndale, Illinois, USA, 25th July, 1977.
it clawed her son in the shoulder
picked him up & carried him ten
yards before her screams made it
drop marlon, as if he’d fallen from
a roof. four foot wingspan, six inch
beak with a hook, black body, she’d
only seen them in her son’s dinosaur
books. hired hunters found a giant
nest & smashed it. she would do
anything to protect her little boy
witnesses fell into line as her fingers
clawed at her son with love.
Big Ear radio telescope, Ohio State University, USA, 15th August, 1977.
seventy-two seconds it took for the taured
parents to control their children, to stop
them mucking about & take the remote.
Beast of Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, 1978.
they avoid the black panthers, who will
kill their cubs & eat them if they get the
chance. after all those big cats are crazier
than the pumas who operate as lone
gunmen, snipers who don’t roar out
their hunting success, but signal with
coded whistles & clicks when they take
down their target. they are hugely adaptable
there has always been plenty of game
in england & space to roam for hundreds
of kilometres. besides, one sees the puma
either alive or dead, not both alive & dead.
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, 29th November, 1980.
lying on his couch
inside his playground saucer
they contacted him
at last he would know
magnetic drives the key
he said his goodbyes
scratched out deceased
penciled in departed
on his way to waterloo
gave his winter coat to lady
wouldn’t be needing it
where he was going
nurses saw them
a decade ago, Saturn
shaped vehicle buzzed
by their ward, looking
blasting powder; tnt
for pounds of thrust
blue pick-up truck
for the ship
no one heard his
explosive take off over
the cyclonic winds
forty-two months later
his parents left the back door
unlocked for their (inter)stellar son.
Cuenca, Ecuador, 16th May 1982.
armstrong found the moon
but not the secret caves
after father crespi
ascended, two cargo jets
german speaking men
loaded them up
routine art heist
pure gold the old man
shouted, pure gold
message from the gods
hidden as war criminals
naïve art to please the padre
indigenous tribes paid tribute
to shut the old nazi up.
The Coventry Spectre
St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry, Warwickshire, England, 22nd January 1985.
one flaw with the system of time-pools
is that over the centuries, the different earths
build new structures over their ancient water;
brick over cisterns, fill in wells, dam rivers, divert
streams & drain swamps. taured cannot keep up
with rapid progress, so the frequency of an agent
phasing inside a building not on the map or into
a crowd of people & being caught increases with
every mission. one can understand the anti-travel
party’s position. that is why time-pool mapping
ops are so critical to keeping the secrecy of the
twelve dimensions & the key to d-travel from
those less responsible & more violent earths
like those crazy bastards on earth-seven.
The Taos Hum
Taos, north-central New Mexico, USA, 1990s – Present day.
they are a paranoid species prone
to egotism, anxiety, bi-polar type
auditory hallucinations & tinnitus.
Ottosdal, South Africa, 1992.
ooh they’d love to be part
of something out of place
ancient astronaut marbles
harder than steel
from zero gravity
we all rotate when
the earth’s tuning fork
bangs on the table
a precision not even
nasa can contemplate
grooves like a record
they are kidney stones
the land passed in pain
three billion years ago.
Boothill Cemetery Ghost
Boothill Cemetery, Tombstone, Arizona, USA, 1996.
in extremely rare circumstances tamam shud
operatives will be captured on earth-seven’s
primitive technology, rising up from the time-
stream, helpless like standing with two legs
over a barbed-wire fence. fedora, vorpal knife
all of the accruements of their dark trade will
be rationalised through their supernatural belief
systems; this is the work of ghosts they will say
not earth-three assassins shooting out the truth
San Diego, California, USA, 26th March, 1997.
take it to the next level
take out alien abduction insurance
hale-bopp is coming
self-slaughter takes three days
an away team of coordination
thirty-nine bright stars fall
bodies slow, suns collapsing
plastic bags do for helmets
slip on nikes, check baggage
their vehicles are ready
walk-in to their spacecraft
aliens taught them purple
when it is being offered
just do it, a final countdown
small change in their pockets
the ultimate demonstration.
West coast of South America, Antarctic Ocean, June, 1997.
it signals an even greater monster
not one that entrances submarines
into whirlpools, or ‘dead cthulhu
dreaming’. besides, tauredian
scientists managed to track down
& remove the escaped kraken
on earth-seven centuries before
the bloop was recorded. although
a few seamen in their rigging had
the fright of their lives & birthed
the legend. no, this was something
more massive than that behemoth
something so old & so large that
the cry of its wounding was heard
underwater for three thousand miles
in every climatic direction.
St. Charles County, Missouri, USA, 30th June, 1999.
tamam shud agents write in a code
that uses earth-three & earth-seven
numerals & letters. he was a sleeper
activated after twenty years of
deep cover as a delinquent nobody
to recover the manuscript & stop
prometheus from releasing its secrets
the rubaiyat of omar khayyam is their code
book. no one on earth-seven will ever
crack those burned orders from ‘54 & ‘99
those prometheans won’t either; so ignorant
of twelfth century earth-seven sufi poetry.
Time Travel Institute forum, 2nd November, 2000.
john described his timeline in posts
not ours. they weren’t predictions
but the history he grew up with
all of it did happen, will happen
has happened already. he needed
a 1975 5100 IBM to recode nukes
before internal clocks stopped
the 32 bit integers struck dumb, or
else all the birds would fly in 2038
burning what was left of europe,
russia, asia, the middle east &
america quartered by civil war
this parallel earth was so naïve
yes, they built a time machine
to retrieve a retro computer
the one thing common
amongst the alternate futures
our penchant for overkill.
Hollywood, Florida, USA, 27th December, 2002.
clones are the shadows of cells that are bought
into the light. a flash of zinc & it all begins. eve
she was called after the elohim’s transmission
of the cellular plan for earth-seven from their
garden of eden lab. sometimes touching, or even
being near the v manuscript will spark sensual
memories of earth-three. they want to grow up
fast, transport their beings into the new shell &
live forever. it’s safer to let them go along with
their theories of extraterrestrials & establish tent
embassies for them. tauredians often wonder if
they know how really close to creation they are.
La Noria, Atacama Desert, Chile, 2003.
a pilot in a womb ship, sure
had to abort the mission early
the planners had not planned
atacama is hell incarnate, but
humans are more than hellish
disposed along with coke bottles
plastic bags, desert freeze-dried
goods, not even a burial, but
found a voodoo doll among
the iron-nickel meteorites.
dna will prove a human mother
if one can believe that guise still
ufologist’s action figure, bought
for fifty dollars, a life imagined
far beyond its limited span
ata – a name where none
existed. at times we forget,
how small we really are.
Salish Sea Severed Feet
Salish Sea, British Columbia, Canada, 20th August, 2007.
the nikes prove their worth
as heaven’s gaters return home
one athletic boot at a time.
Lerina Garcia Gordo
Madrid, Spain – Europe & Euplar, 16th July, 2008.
on earth-three there are five continents not
seven – sakria, aflar, aslar, auslar & euplar.
taured is a powerful country in euplar, as
is st martin’s land; their rivalry is legendary
other nations also experiment with time-pool
travel; most have signed up to the non-proliferation
treaty, other rogue states have not. laxaria in sakria
is one such axis of evil. in 1851 tamam shud monitored
an illegal test flight to earth-seven. pilot jophar vorin
did not have the right herbal mixture & was poisoned
by the time-stream, losing much of his ability to reason
in that dimension they just thought that he was mad
as he kept babbling on about his shipwrecked brother
other transgressions are more innocent, a quantum
superimposition happened to a spanish woman –
lerina garcia gordo woke up one morning caught
in the liminal space between earth-five & earth-seven
the two closest realities to each other. so close
that on earth-five the beatles neve broke up &
are still recording, john lennon was never
assassinated in 1980 & jfk had two terms.
Del Puerto Canyon, Turlock, California. USA, 9th September 2009.
earth-five have the arp-d time machine for
sale that has a wet-field generator inside it
& makes it feel like you have been saturated
by the time-pools. but this is only a mild side-
effect of the crushed black gravity that is the energy
for interdimensional jumping. the danger though
of this system, unlike the tauredian method of using
real mirrored water networks, is that the operator has
no control of where the portal opens. too many earth-
five dimensional broker accidental deaths on the job
by mainly falling to their deaths, persuaded the taured
emperor not to manufacture this technology & make it
publicly available on earth-three. so for the time being,
only restricted access to the time-pools by tamam shud
& the occasional taured scientist is the law. no public
access allowed. besides, the only alternate worlds without
an indigenous intelligent hominid species are earths one,
nine & eleven, where taured have begun to research
trying to get the jump on earths five, two, four, six, eight
ten & twelve, before the settlers & prospectors ruin these
realities with as the beatles sing their, ‘everyday chemistry’.
Baltic Sea Anomaly
Between Sweden and Finland, 19th June, 2011.
a stolen vehicle
from the pleiades
in a swamp
the mar’s face’s
lost compact mirror.
The internet, 4th January, 2012.
taured likes to keep ahead of the pack
all twelve earths receive puzzles contextual
to their literature & technology trees
the final forum offers membership to
taured’s secret service – tamam shud
the pan-dimensional mean machine.
Cecil Hotel, Los Angeles, 31st January 2013.
the invisible light company
peeled the water tank’s lid
off, easily as orange rind
jesus said give me a drink
& he gave her living water
soles curled on the metal steps
climbing, energy’s sacrifice
the elevator ritual; 4-2-6-10-5
she would never thirst again
ghost staff cloaked as klingons
as one incapable of her own distress
it would do well for a well
the lid closed, an eye
patch on the tank’s face
indued in her darkness
her lack of armour
pulled her down
heavy with liquid glass
murder, a primordial game
guests cupped muddy water
she became their fountain
springing up nineteen days later.
The island of Pulau Perak at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca, 8th March, 2014.
no one is fluent in smoke
it gives a quick lesson in its
language to the aircrew
the phones continue
to ring hours afterwards
pining for their masters
close relatives pick up
nobody speaks static