Alienist

Alienist

I treat aliens
Few psychiatrists can make this claim and
Keep their life and job

My first case declared “he” was depressed
Never get home in time to die
When I asked where
Tentacles and silver claws shot from his head
One pair of seven

What’s next?
Death, Parasitized, Mindmeld or lunch?
(It was late morning and I was famished)
He resumed human form, explained
“I just want to fit in.
Like everybody else.”

“You’re not everybody,” I said¬†
Good thing we agreed that was a problem
As were the bizarre actions of humans
“They baffle me every day,” he chimed
“Me too.”

Knew nothing of ETs beyond Sci-Fi
Would my Hippocratic oath remain in force?
“Be flexible” he suggested,
“And don’t think we’re here to take over.
Nor can we influence what you do.”
“What if we never knew?” All his claws came out;
A gesture of polite resignation
“Aren’t you mostly without a clue?”
I conceded his point

I learned Earth was a wildlife refuge
“We’re the wildlife?” I asked
“Well, you’re not protecting anything.”
His job description next flew under my ceiling
A spinning and scintillating platinum orb
“Species liaison. Which species?”

His main job to keep peace with ETs
“They’re tourists, sex addicts
Researchers and riff-raff.
Some study the beginnings of intelligence.”
“Meaning ours?”
A green tentacle slid out. A shrug, I think.
“I’ve headaches all round. And I’ve got six heads.”
“You said seven.”
He tapped his temple. “Plus this fake one.”
Six insect skulls appeared
Each laughing like a marimba

Soon more clients arrived
I now study food, celebrities, and fashion
With sincere single minded desperation

This gig has more quirks than perks
My health problems fixed immediately
Ditto tax audits and parking tickets;
Sometimes I travel long to see my charges
Yet money is never an issue
Their counterfeits are perfect

ETs almost human in their constant demands
But I admit I enjoy their pathologies
After all my lifespan is short
They promise extensions if
I take one single orbital trip

And no, I don’t fear them
Anyone with technology to zip through the galaxy
Can hack my brain before I’d know;
You think they already have?

Or perhaps suspect I’m fibbing
Bulshitting to get pointless sympathy
I suggest you open your eyes
Impossible stuff is happening every day

Don’t just see
Look