Indigo Child

Was the child genius born in Russia in 1996
really born on Mars and sent to Earth
in a triangular ship he piloted
to save us from nuclear war that ruined
his former world and caused the few
survivors of his race to live below
the red planet’s surface where they breathe
carbon dioxide, grow very tall and stop
aging at 35? At two weeks he held his
head up by himself and a few months
later began to speak. At one year and a half
he could read, draw and paint, his doctor-
mother said. He knew all about planetary
systems in finest detail and language
astounding scientists and mentions
behind the Egyptian Sphinx’s left ear
hides a mechanism that opens
to an important secret. Boris is not
alone but claims there are other
Indigo Children on a mission
to prevent humans from destroying
ourselves. I’m glad he’s here,
that someone suffering believed
we were worth rescuing and time does
pass and Martians for a while grow older
to become blue adults to guide us.

Nels Hanson


Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. His poems received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.

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