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Contact With the Jatites - The Coming of the Ark

Updated on February 17, 2017
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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 | Source
Drawing by John Schoenherr: Pairs of alien animals entering the Ark spacecraft
Drawing by John Schoenherr: Pairs of alien animals entering the Ark spacecraft | Source

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.

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      20 months ago from USA

      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.

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      20 months ago from Central Florida

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      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

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Nithya Venkat 

      20 months ago from Dubai

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

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      Audrey Howitt 

      20 months ago from California

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Nell Rose 

      20 months ago from England

      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!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      manatita44 

      21 months ago from london

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Chris Mills 

      21 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Dana Tate 

      21 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Wow! now say it backwards. Very creative.

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      Faith Reaper 

      21 months ago from southern USA

      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

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      anitabooks888@gmail.com 

      21 months ago

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

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Louise Powles 

      21 months ago from Norfolk, England

      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!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

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

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Larry Rankin 

      21 months ago from Oklahoma

      Cool idea for a challenge and great read.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I do that all the time, Ruby :)

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      21 months ago from Beautiful South

      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!

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      Genna East 

      21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      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. :-)

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      Clive Williams 

      21 months ago from Jamaica

      What are the Jatites? Some real messed up aliens.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      21 months ago from Texas

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Eric Dierker 

      21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

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