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“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire...
 And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
    ~ 2 Kings 2:11 (NIV)

In my earliest memory
Four of us traveling a backroad
Came to a stop
From the reflective seat I saw
The stunning glow of the round object
Bigger than the car
Nearly blocking the way
For a few moments until it lifted
Itself overhead and was gone
Into the night sky
And of us four
None spoke of it
Until I asked many years later
One thought it was aliens
One thought it was lightning
One hasn’t shared an opinion
As for myself
I turned odd
Very different from everyone else
As have the few others I’ve met
Who admit to similar encounters
At similar age
So you’d understand why
I also haven’t spoken of it
Since one of several events I’ve attended
For the gentle effects on my mind
And the visions established
By crystal singing bowls
That left me singing inwardly
Until someone asked
If anyone had seen a UFO
Of all that crowd
Only I raised a tentative hand
Became the center of attention
Asked what I saw
What could I say
Well it was just a round glowing object
And I was just a little kid
I remember it vaguely
I guess that was a disappointment
Not very interesting
How could what I saw be interesting
In any way that offers much meaning
To someone who wasn’t there
Maybe the others
Were right to not speak of it
But my life sure isn’t boring
Could be
That’s the interesting thing
About having encountered that bright round vehicle
In which case I wonder
Why I was singled out so
That should all else be equal
I’d wish its occupants would bring it on back
Down and take me with them

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