From ships sent to study our planet,
they listen to waves vibrating our air,
the cacophony of drills, screams, desperate calls,
which they tune out with flicks of dials
to zero in on rhythmic stuttering
and swelling crescendos of low and high tones.
Notes are recorded, a slow dissection of the human heart,
something there which humans cannot fully articulate,
how resilient, yet how vulnerable, they have evolved.
These recordings, drained of humanity and all imperfection,
are then beamed back in the seething swirl of dissonance,
where few notice, except at odd moments
inside stores or elevators, when some dark chill
overtakes their hearts, glimmers of the unknown,
when just for an instant they detect the presence
of some cold intelligence devoid of empathy,
and sense menace, that we all may die.