The Solway Firth Spaceman

from by Pink Moon



Perhaps my favorite testament to the power of the human imagination is the story of a simple family photograph that became living proof of a wild variety of paranormal, ufological and conspiratorial theories.



I squint my eyes at the Cumbrian radiance
as it bursts pass the shutter.
Silver halide collided with phenadone
and dissolved into colors.

And behold the great surprise
to find that I was not alone.
A human form, dressed in white,
was watching over me, its aim unknown.
And it seemed to move as I stared in close.

The photographer was a solider and fireman,
but to me was a father.
Brought our image to the Cumberland newspaper
and they took what he offered.

They printed: “Here feast your eyes!
An unexplainable sign of a visitant!”
And all the world materialized
their every fantasy through that apparition.
All their hopes and fears and suspicions.

They say, “Oh, there are ghosts,
the roaming revanant.”
They say, “Secret agents cloaked
walk among us hidden.”

Oh and life, life beyond the scope
of human instruments.
They see a sky full of UFOs,
and remote intelligence,

And all the things we learned
when the Spaceman came to Earth!
That day, at Solway Firth,
when the Spaceman came to Earth!

All my life I’ve searched through memory
to find our enigmatic guest.
But all I’ve found is my dear mother
in an overexposed dress,
all but forgotten as she stared out
into the west.


from Fantastic Fact, track released May 20, 2017



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