Aphelion Issue 279, Volume 26
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Mary's Little Alien

Stuart Sharp

Mary went to school one day
And left the Earth quite far away
Her route took Mary straight past Mars
She travelled on towards the stars.

Her school was on an asteroid
Perched in space above the void
Of a rift in space and time
But no one there much seemed to mind.

While she was there she got a pet
A green Thing from the planet Bet
She taught it tricks, to fetch and stay
And soon it wouldn’t go away

At weekends Mary went back home
And left her pet there all alone
But it got bored and followed her
Its landing caused a dreadful stir

The Army, Air force and some vets
Caught the green Thing in a net
And while it tried to wriggle free
Someone put it on TV

Mary saw and Mary came
Because she knew she was to blame
She screamed and screamed until they let
Mary take back her strange pet

She left it in the school again
And soon she managed to retrain
The Thing to stay and not disturb
The peaceful running of the Earth

The moral of this story then
If you should have an alien
As your pet, when you go home
Never leave the Thing alone.

© 2008 Stuart Sharp

Stuart Sharp is a writer and postgraduate history student currently living in East Yorkshire.

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