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Show Me That

 

Late one warm midsummer night
Above the Vale of the White Horse,
Waiting for someone to write
Their message in the corn,
There were bright unearthly lights
Moving over me.
I felt shining alien eyes:
What do you want to see?

Don’t take me to your leader,
Just make these be revealed here:

The heart without guile,
The all-round fair trial,
The month old baby’s smile –
Show me that. Show me that
Kindly loving act
Performed with quiet tact
With no thought of the payback –
Show me that, show me that.

Me and my friends
Come here from the galaxy’s ends
And we’d like you to show us

The total stranger fed
A share of daily bread
Then led up to a bed –
Show me that. Show me that
Horn of plenty
Playing tunes for la gente,
Not just the top twenty –
Show me that.

Show me that
You love your brother,
You protect each other,
There’s no charge for labour
When you help your neighbour.

Show me that
Blanket of gold
That keeps from the cold
The weak and the old –
Show me that. Show me that
Food that the children
Have always to fill them
And why they cry so seldom –
Show me that.

Show me that
Your fears have vanished,
You love your planet;
Deep thought that’s given
To everything living.

Me and my friends
Come here from the galaxy’s ends
And although you don’t know us,
Across the Milky Way
The milk of human kindness spreads its fame
And we’d like you to show us,
Please.

 

© John Gibbens & Armorel Weston 2003

 

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