Unlike Me


The gnashing of fresh flesh

The clattering bones against gritted teeth

The creatures consumed my crewmates

Spilling blood and tendons from underneath


Stuck on a foreign planet

With no plans on how to return home

My crew and fellow compatriots

Were conquered, like in the days of Rome


Screams and cries were silenced by murder

The devouring of bodies forced them to a murmur

Hiding away in my disheveled travel cell

I winced as the noises made me grasp my blade firmer


To devise an escape under such circumstances

With the creatures furthering their advances

My odds of living through an escape enhances

My will to make a run and take my chances


The fumes of the ship forced others to suffocate

Bodies fresh for the creatures to excavate

The ship had just enough power left to automate

An escape pod, through which I could vacate


As I left the ship and made my escape

I could now see the assaulters in full form

Thousands of them darkened the skies

And were swarming the ship like a storm


Understanding how such a life form

Could undo decades of survival plans

Came as I stared at the creatures and realized

That they shared my hands


Their faces and features were so foreign

So horrifying, terrifying, and strange

Yet they shared similarities with me

But somehow were left disfigured by change


Only during my escape did I learn

What the others had discovered

Life came from the same place

And was a truth they wish remained covered


For the creatures that were devouring

The last of my crew with screeches of glee

These were once people, changed by time

To resemble something that was unlike me


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