Charlie’s Ride

© Matthew Word Bain

one person had not been afraid
Charlie pulled up in his silver Charger
in the light of that late afternoon
prepared to make contact

he made contact alright –
he was welcomed aboard
and soon found out all about
what lay behind those dark windows
and that cheerful orange exterior

when two worlds meet
they can be hard to reconcile
Charlie never did feel quite so at home
in his old home town after that day

even if he had found a way
to explain all that he saw
he knew it strained credulity
and no one could both believe it
and be sane – let alone stay that way

and so Charlie spent his days
waxing that earthbound Dodge
trying not to make sense of two worlds
for the sake of living in just one

he never let himself believe
it had only been a dream
he could tell what was real
besides, if one world is a dream
what does that say about the other?