Alien Life

Sharing Stories


Kinks and cracks, aches and pains,

pills and salves and walking canes,

old brown teeth from coffee stains—

they lie and say I’m what remains.

Aliens have stolen me and stuffed me

down inside this thing

which breaks and leaks and stiffens up.

I look as though I’m bitten up.

My ears plug up, they ring and buzz.

My eyes are tired, they sting because

no matter what, I still can’t see

where the hell they’ve hidden me.

This wretched sack and strange old face

has spots and knots from outer space.

I lost myself in this old bag

which puffs, drips, swells, and sags.

I doubt my brain has stayed the same.

Though no one tells me, it is lame,

it lags and drags, does not compute.

It stalls and sometimes it is mute.

I wonder if I’ll ever see

the person who I knew as me.

Aliens destroyed the key

and all familiar trace of me.

Penny Rice

Penny Rice is a retired hairdresser living in West Seattle.

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