The Gwardrek of Zalvara
a poetry series by student DP
Screeching light emanated from their hands
whilst waiting for their evil kind to land.
A dot in the sky, appeared like a star,
growing bigger, closer – looking bizarre.
The forest canopy was passed right through;
the callers from below knew what to do –
welcome their masters who conceived their birth
for they returned to their project on Earth.
The craft settled on to the ground beneath
where their minions nervously grit their teeth.
Doors open. Outside, one of seven stepped:
“I am glad that to the plan, we have kept,
for this planet will be ours very soon”
it bellowed in silver light, of the moon.
The very same crew Fred and Bess had seen
were present in the ship; still pale, still lean.
“The reaction when infecting Sol-3
appears to be purple as we can all see,
the plan may advance – success we have had!
Like us, our superiors should be glad.”
The loud leader proclaimed with an arm raised
of the purple trio, to which, they praised;
“The people of this place you have well toyed,
Though now, you are to be destroyed!”
Three bolts blazed brightly from its hands with flare,
and they, of their minions, seemed not to care.
When the bolts met them, they swelled and ballooned
and grew and exploded and the air festooned
with so many mulberry smithereens
of the purple ones; where they had just been.
The copycats of Julie, Bess and Fred,
like their originals, were defined: dead.
As with their bloods, those tall, pale creatures,
had on their head quite distinguished features
of great, large eyes shaded obsidian
and looking somewhat arachnidian.
The tall, slender aliens boarded their ship
looking forward to their very next trip.
The name of the creatures was the Gwardrek,
and to their home world, Zalvara, they trekked.
Zalvara was larger than Earth fourfold
and had an old prophecy that foretold
of the Gwardrek’s prowess for invasion;
how easily they convert a nation
into their own through only violent means.
In the ship looking at their control screens:
“If glory be ours when taking their globe, we must initiate the planetary mind probe”