Alien Attack

Alien Attack

A Poem by Chantal-lise Mirman

Everyone, be very careful... or not...


Alien Attack

          The Russians are coming!

              The Russians are coming!




I am pretending

        to be myself.

No-one seems

to have quite caught on.


Watch me closely.

I know

how and when

               to smile,

although not necessarily why.


Of course,

I have had years

            of practice.

I have done my homework.

I really am “Da Bomb.”


The trick

is not to overdo

the subtle sidelong glance

               (never force the issue).

Shhh... I make no sudden moves.


Rhetorical questions,

emotional outbursts,

unbridled pulse-pounding passion,

all figments of a former imagination

sadly not in my present repertoire.


Were I a terrorist

           or Spy-vs.-Spy

you would all be dead by now

But not to worry

            I am merely...  not myself




© 2009 Chantal-lise Mirman

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'da bomb' 80)

sometimes we don't understand ourselves, let alone anyone else

Posted 6 Years Ago

What a class act, this is a brilliantly ironic take on the mask we sometimes must wear but feel alien to ourselves on the inside for whatever personal or external reasons. This has been a highlight of my reading evening.

Posted 6 Years Ago

when i read ' the russians are coming' ... i thought of sarah palin lol
i like this poem and poems like it .. i relate !

love the picture~

Posted 10 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

The picture looks like me the morning after drinking too much Slivovice!

Posted 10 Years Ago

0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Chantal-lise Mirman
Chantal-lise Mirman

Mesa, AZ

Chantal-Lise Mirman is an empty-nest single mother of four who recently retired after over 18 years as a Civil Servant, serving primarily as a Parole Agent, after previous/overlapping careers as a .. more..


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