Alien, a poem written by Löst Viking at


written by: John Anthony Fingleton (Löst Viking)


I was never afraid of dying,
Still very soon after, I found I was dead.
Yet, they still wrapped me up in bandages –
And sent me to somewhere-
With all that shrapnel still in my head.
I didn’t recognize the people there,
Or even one thing they had to say;
But I heard them talk, in a telepathic way-
‘One day he might be ok.’

Endless discussions every day –
I believe they were trying to say, I’d be alright,
Even one kissed my forehead-
Before departing every night.
Operations, sonic scans,
Doodles they made me draw,
Flashing cards I can’t remember-
The same questions going to and fro.

I always thought that when I die,
I would turn into a star,
But I’ve turned into an Alien-
Is my journey thus so far?
Will these strangers help me on the way?
Through some mind-thought that they’ve read?
Or will they just realise one day,
That I am stone cold bloody dead!


À la mémoire du légionnaire de première classe Kévin Clément, 1er régiment de cavalerie étrangère (1er REC). Où que tu sois.

John Anthony Fingleton (Löst Viking)

John Anthony Fingleton (Löst Viking)

DECEMBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
John Anthony Fingleton was born in Cork City, in the Republic of Ireland. Now living in Paraguay, South America. Poems published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, UK, USA, India and France as well as three produced plays. Poems read on Irish and American radio as well in Spanish on South American broadcasts. Contributed to four books of poetry for children. Has poems published in Spillwords, Alien Bhudda, The Red Door, Piker Press, Super Poetry Highway, The Writers Magazine, Ariel Chart, and numerous national and international journals, blogs, reviews, and anthologies. Poet of the Year (2016) Destiny Poets International Community. Poet of the Month (March 2019) Our Poetry Archive. Poet of the Month (April 2019) The League of Poets. Author of the Month (December 2020) Spillwords. First solo collection 'Poems from the Shadowlands' was published in November 2017, 'Words That Found Me' December 2019, 'Poems From The Banks' January 2020, 'Poems from a Restricted Place' April 2020, 'Secret Fjords' May 2020, 'A Gathering Of Words' June 2020, and ‘Lost Places And Other Poems’ January 9th 2021. All which are available on Amazon.
John Anthony Fingleton (Löst Viking)

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