HUMAN: Native of Earth in the Sol System
Identification: Adults average 5-6 feet. Live birth.
Color varies. Form: Head, trunk, protrusions
at shoulders and hips called arms and legs.
Similar Species: Nothing on Homeworld.
Voice: Wide range of inflection, limited hissing.
Range: Entire planet although not naturally aquatic.
Comments: Apex sentient. Exterior covered in skin
with patches of hair; no protective scales.
Legs restricted to locomotion;
useless for sitting, unlike coils.
Arms used for carrying and eating, although
our mouth tentacles function better for both.
Note: Planet also supports a beautiful
creature of sleek and elegant design
that can swim, crawl and fly effortlessly.
They call it snake.
— Lauren McBride
Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, family, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for the Best of the Net, Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Asimov’s, Dreams & Nightmares and The Grievous Angel. She enjoys swimming, gardening, baking, reading, writing and knitting scarves for troops.
Editor’s Note: This catalog poem—a field guide of sorts—is symbolized by a Hominoidea lineage tree (Dbachmann) and silhouettes of the evolution of man (clipart max) and a snake (kisspng).