Metal Doors

Let me tell you a tale, both mysterious and bleak about a strange creature I met one week. And you may have doubts, oh yes you may, but I swear it’s valid — consult my grandfather’s grave. For it happened to him once, when he was a boy, but the creature he met was different, much different and coy.

I was in the fields and suddenly a ship came down from nowhere, I resisted to flip. I would have if not for what I saw, beyond the doors was something more left in store. A shadow descended from the metal doors, and some blind amazement trembled my awe. The creature smiled, “I come in peace” and I concurred his values, yet hesitated to greet.

Accepting suspension of disbelief, I returned his smile and let my mouth speak. He asked what creatures inhabit this world and I replied with “humans” — he looked so amazed. He asked if he could meet everyone, though I supported the idea, there really was none. I spoke of evil, money and tricks and how we dear people regret to forgive.

The creature he seemed so shocked to hear of a planet like ours had absence of care. Division and labour, countries, and war had been so naive to others behind metal doors. The creature asked demurely why we don’t care, and I defended my planet — said “some people share”. Next, the most obscure thing took place, he began to cry before he made his case.

“It seems so strange that a planet like yours prides itself on money and simply wants more. And the sick and the needy are left so insane whilst a tear has not been shed in its place. Where I come from, there is none of this, we are all family — not one is missed. I pray and I pray your race heals one day, for soon there will be no time, none at all to play.”

At first I was confused but he made sense, my brother from a planet knew what he meant. I was left so speechless with a stone in my throat, as every line of his speech I took good note. He planned to leave and I didn’t think as I yelled “take me with you, I’m afraid to sink beyond Earth’s big blue sea and its paper green currency that permeates all life indeed!”

My brother was happy, but politely declined, he said it was all too easy to leave this all behind. It was my grave duty to make things change, for there is still enough time to not disengage.

He smiled and said he’d return again, in five years or so, to see if I had any sense. As I waved goodbye, at last I saw the metal doors ascending and lights blinking for sure. When the ship had took off, I thought and I thought if he’d keep his promise and if there’d be more. But once it hit me, that he was not like us, with deceit and perjury — he was someone I’d trust. Even if he didn’t, that’s not the point for his message for humans was mine to appoint.

So I spread this message, to you but for all. Let’s be a beautiful planet and let’s not fall in the hands of treachery, we’re better than that. Soon we can all be family, and never be sad.

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