Little Lamp

A really fun little story, very enjoyable!


This time when I turned on the lamp in the den it said “Hello”.

Imagine my surprise.

“Hello?” it said.

“Hello?” I called.

“Over here.” Said the lamp. I walked over and peaked under the white fringed shade.

“Do you mind removing this thing on my head?” asked the lamp.

I am losing my mind, I thought. Yet, obeyed.

“Ah, much better. What is your name?” the lamp asked in a lyrical little voice.

“John?” I said.

“You sound unsure.”

“I’m not sure what I’m sure about right this second.” I muttered. The lamp laughed and shined a little brighter.

“I understand. I am not being terribly fair. I know light cannot speak here. I came here from another place. I had to leave, you see.”

I looked around the room to see if anyone was watching before turning back to the lamp.

“Why did you have to leave?” I…

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An Alien


When the alien arrives
In his spacecraft
From beyond the stars
And sees us
Hears us
Smells us,
What will he think?
Will he immerse himself
In human ways
As though it is that easy,
Or step back
And choose to observe
Us from a distance?
How much
Will he deem peculiar,
Odd enough
To take back with him
As strange stories
To tell his people?
Will they be amused
By our silly ways,
Or will they find
Some conflict
In the way we speak
Or move
Or behave?
Perhaps he will find
Our attitudes
Not dissimilar
To his own
And find no reason
To question our
Human cultures.
It was I,
The alien:
I saw
I heard
I smelt;
I lived and laughed and loved
All the same.
I immersed myself
In what I could
And watched the rest
With interest, awe and amusement alike
To learn before I tried.
Some things I deemed peculiar;
Some others still were silly;
Some were not like my own ways,
Values or cultures;
And there were many,
Things that I
Witnessed, and saw not a stranger,
But myself
In front of my own eyes
Behaving in that way.
Alien or not,
All the same.

© Laura Marie Clark

Excerpt from the book “City Of The World”

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