An Address To Potential Aliens

By John Hegley

Is there any body out there?
Have you got ears for this?
Have you got osmosis?
Do you ever say ‘to be honest’
Do you ever say ‘for my sins’?
Or are sinfulness and honesty
where another world begins?
Do you wear a pair of glasses
for maybe you have eyes.
Do you start off small and increase in size
but lose your sense of wonderment in the process?
Do you have those things on tube trains,
I don’t know what they’re called
do you have things in your world that you haven’t got a name for
is it the stars you aim for?
Do you ever get appalled
if your brand new central heating
has been shoddily installed
by a bunch of cowboys?

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