Lay for the Day 21st
A story of two brothers, to mark the cusp of the sign of Gemini, the celestial
poem can be found as an Inkjet Book
Theres a place
where the sun shines hard
and the days are as long as our weeks.
Its very, very hot hot enough to melt metal.
On this planet there were
Adam and Eve,
and they had two sons, Cain and Abel.
Adam and Eve were quite old and the sons young.
Abel was bright and strong.
He shone in the sun.
Radiance fell all about him.
Cain was pretty much like us, like me or you.
But Abel was boastful. He
boasted about his powers.
He could fly and he could kill.
When he flew he appeared like a shining red flame.
When he flew down low he set fire to the ground.
Cain made himself some wings
and tried to learn to fly.
On the first day he couldnt fly at all,
nor on the second day,
but on the third day he managed a short distance
and on the fourth day he could
fly as far and as fast as a bird.
He flew round and round about his brothers head,
laughing and making fun, till his brother got so angry
he shot him, destroying his wings.
Cain fell into the sun, and
when he came out
the sun had burned all his old limbs
and stripped away everything
so he came out a new and superb monster.
The two brothers parted
and wandered over the universe,
joining up sometimes
to fight a strong enemy.
from the booklet Aliens
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