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Contact With the Jatites - The Coming of the Ark

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

Jate22C

Jate22C

The Challenge

Genna East, in her wonderful hub "The Encounter - A Writing Challenge" issued the following challenge:

"How would you perceive an encounter with extraterrestrials coming to earth? Would their intent be peace, discovery and enlightenment, or conquest and annihilation? How would we receive them and attempt to communicate? Do you agree with physicist, Stephen Hawking, in that the METI project (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) involved in sending signals into space so that extra-terrestrials can pick them up will put us in grave danger? The challenge -- should you decide to accept it -- is to write a story about such an alien-encounter."

You can check out the rules and guidelines by reading Genna's hub. This is my response to that challenge, an Acrostic Free Verse Poem..

UFO - UFO & Aliens Wallpaper (29109517) - Fanpop

UFO - UFO & Aliens Wallpaper (29109517) - Fanpop

Drawing by John Schoenherr: Pairs of alien animals entering the Ark spacecraft

Drawing by John Schoenherr: Pairs of alien animals entering the Ark spacecraft

The Coming of the Ark - Reason to Be Worried

From Genesis Chapter 6 (New Revised Standard Version) :

5) The Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually. 6) And the Lord was sorry that he had made humankind on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7) So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out from the earth the human beings I have created — people together with animals and creeping things and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ 8) But Noah found favour in the sight of the Lord.

Contact With the Jatites

Communication with the Ark

Orbiting the Planet Earth

Now has finally been achieved.

The occupants are called Jatites.

Astronomers confirm these extraterrestrials

Come from the exo-planet Jate 22C,

Terrestrial atmosphere similar to Earth,


Within three light years from our solar system.

It is apparent from initial contact

That CO2 emissions on Jate 22C

Had exceeded critical mass.


The planet was becoming unlivable forcing the Jatites to seek

Habitable planets with similar atmospheric conditions.

Exotic matter use enabled alteration of the speed of light surrounding the craft.


Jatite commanders ensure us they come in peace,

Although NASA has reservations and remains cautious,

Treating the Arks presence as a potential threat to mankind.

Invasion is an imminent possibility in an attempt to take over the Earth.

Taking all necessary precautions and preparing the military and airforce.

Evacuation procedures will soon be put in place in all major cities

Should an actual threat be issued or eventuate.

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 17, 2017:

Hi Flourish. I appreciate your comment. I find acrostics either work or they don't. This one flowed reasonably easily thankfully.

Yes, Ruby's was funny.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 17, 2017:

This acrostic was a very creative answer to the challenge. It must take quite some work to get things so succinct to fit the way they do. I'm laughing at Ruby's comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 17, 2017:

Once again I thank you for a humbling comment, Shauna. Glad you enjoyed.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 17, 2017:

John, you never cease to amaze me. You're incredibly talented and consistent. Great response to Genna's challenge my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 11, 2017:

Lawrence, it did take a bit of thought but I enjoyed the challenge. Glad you liked the acrostic.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on March 10, 2017:

John

This was a great way to interpret the challenge, I really enjoyed the 'Acrostic'. That must have taken some working out.

Loved it.

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 28, 2017:

Hi Audrey. I appreciate your comment. I wasn't sure if a poem would work either, but the idea for an acrostic came to me and I was happy with the result.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 28, 2017:

Thank you, Vellur. I am glad the acrostic worked out ok.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 28, 2017:

Great acrostic poem and a wonderful response to the challenge. Loved the acrostic form.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 28, 2017:

Ah good to read this John--I was wondering if a poem would work for this challenge--and yours does beautifully!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 27, 2017:

Hi Nell, thanks for reading and I am pleased that you enjoyed my take on Genna's story. Cheers.

Nell Rose from England on February 27, 2017:

Ooh another great take on this story! yes it could be pretty scary, friend or foe? get those rockets ready just in case! lol! loved it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 22, 2017:

Yes, Ruby did a great job, manatita. Glad you liked this acrostic. Take care.

manatita44 from london on February 22, 2017:

Refreshing poetical take. I just read a nice piece from Ruby with great wit and satire. Cool acrostic poem!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 21, 2017:

Hey, thanks for reading this, Chris. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll have to go read your first contribution.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on February 21, 2017:

Finally I get to read the other participant's stories. I got part one of three up. Wow, after reading yours and Writing mine, I'm beginning to think we might want to unplug SETI and METI. Just let everyone go on their happy way wherever in the universe they are. Great job, John. I enjoyed it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 18, 2017:

Haha Dana, I don't think I could say it backwards. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 18, 2017:

Hello Theresa, great to see a comment from you. I found this an interesting and fun challenge. Yes, Genna did offer a wonderful background to base the responses on. Glad you enjoyed this.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on February 18, 2017:

Wow! now say it backwards. Very creative.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on February 18, 2017:

Hi John, you have come up with such a creative response to Genna's interesting challenge. I love it! This challenge is so unique and Genna certainly has written a fantastic background story from which all to jump off.

Wonderful

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 17, 2017:

Thank you, Anita. Yes it would be good if we could work and live together in peace and as you say help take us forward with their advanced technologies.

anitabooks888@gmail.com on February 17, 2017:

Such a lovely poem John. Would be nice if they did come and could take us forward with all their advanced technologies.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 16, 2017:

Thank you Cofeequeeen. I look forward to reading your entry.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 16, 2017:

I like the way you made a poem from Contact With The Jatites. Very cleverly done! This is an interesting writing challenge. I'll try and pen something for this!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 16, 2017:

Thank you MsDora. I always like to think any alien visitors would come in peace, but you have to be cautious..just in case.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 16, 2017:

Great imagination! I like the attitude of caution. Language barriers may cause us to misunderstand them when they say they come in peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

I thank you Larry. This was a good challenge and a lot of fun.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on February 15, 2017:

Cool idea for a challenge and great read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Glad you enjoyed this Shyron. Good luck with the clean up because I am sure the Jatites will be coming to talk to Chipper soon.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Thank you, Ruby. Yes acrostic does take a bit more thought than a normal poem as you are restricted by the first letter of each line but I enjoy the challenge. I can't wait for the responses of others as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

I do that all the time, Ruby :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Clive, you need to read Genna's hub to find out the background story of the Jatites. Thanks for reading this though.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Thanks Genna. If I had more spare time I may have tried to develop the story around the Ark more etc but I think I managed to get my idea across. So glad you loved it and the video. It was a fun challenge and I can't wait for o read the other contributions.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Hey MizB, thanks for visiting. Yes, hopefully they came in peace and just want to share our planet and introduce some new species amongst our present ones.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 15, 2017:

Really super duper, John. I love sci-fi, and you "outdone yoreself" on this one. I hope they come in friendship. Really now, some dyslexic aliens who connect with our Dogs. I love it!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 15, 2017:

John, I just love this! It is so clever and creative, with a unique perspective. And the sci-fi short video was perfect. What fun. :-)

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 15, 2017:

What are the Jatites? Some real messed up aliens.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 15, 2017:

Oh my goodness, I left out the o in hello. I am laughing instead of crying at my typo. Hee..

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 15, 2017:

Hell John, this is sooo well done. I am amazed at your ability to do this type of poetry. It must be difficult, yet fun to write. This was so much fun. I hope others will join in. I hope Mike and Bill will write their version, and of course, I hope Mike will go political. lol.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 15, 2017:

John, I am glad you chose to do poetry, that is my favorite from you because you are so good at it.

I want to join the fun with this one, but I need to go outside with the pooper scooper so the aliens will have a clean landing incase it is Chipper they want to communicate with. I have to clean without Chipper he wants to chase the pooper scooper and the rake and everything else that I use to clean up.

Blessings to you my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Thanks Bill, though this wasn't exactly the response I wanted to do. I was hoping to do some flash fiction but can't get out of the poetry mode at the moment :) Genna wanted me to draw some illustrations but at present I haven't been able to come up with any. Maybe I'll add some later on.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

It wouldn't surprise me, Eric. They could have read our METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence) signals and interpreted the word "God" incorrectly as "Dog." Thanks for your comment as always. Have a great day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 15, 2017:

You are so talented, my friend. Great read, great response to the challenge, no surprise at all for those of us who follow you.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 15, 2017:

That was really fun. It made me wonder, if they do come, perhaps they would communicate with dogs rather than humans.