If Aliens Come

and discover human beings
will they think we are so hard

to see, so full of water that our edges
move? Will they watch the tides

in us as we watch the ocean?
Perhaps we can frighten them

with our leaking, there are
so many ways water leaves the body

that, conceivably, a person could
do them all at once and not die.

Perhaps we’ll show them the babies, our
greatest magic trick, who are

80% water and still solid, who learn
to breath air suddenly and during

separation, who after that first breath
out of liquid can never go back.

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