The truth about sci-fi aliens (A poem)

A pantoum I wrote while watching Farscape and contemplating depictions of alien lifeforms in sci-fi…

The alien characters are often the most intriguing
but are never all that different from humanity
to their basic forms, down to their way of speaking
add color, an appendage, and a wide streak of insanity

They’re never all that different from humanity
two eyes, two ears, one nose, one mouth—even with a shell
add color, an appendage, and a wide streak of insanity
and they’re basically just humans with a backstory straight out of hell

Two eyes, two ears, one nose, one mouth—even with a shell
as Captain Kirk began to learn, they’re even capable of sex
basically just humans with a backstory straight out of hell
as likely as any of us to be tormented, tortured wrecks

As Captain Kirk began to learn, they’re even capable of sex
but not quite sure what to do with that urge
and as likely as any of us to be tormented, tortured wrecks
waiting for their chance at one true love to emerge

Never quite sure what to do with that urge
the alien creatures are often the most intriguing
from their basic forms down to their way of speaking
waiting for their chance at one true love to emerge

(17 March 2016)