strange visitors came
friendly silence greeted me
darn! none spoke English
senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere
Movies always have alien visitors being able to speak English (or whatever the home country language is of the movie/theater). However, I’ve traveled and I’ve noticed travelers sometimes expect people to speak their language rather than learning the country that they are visiting.
So I can’t help but wonder — when aliens show up, are they going to expect us to know their language? And if we can’t, will that mark us obviously uneducated? What if they decide we are not intelligent lifeforms? Or will we all make do with friendly silences and smiles? Just wondering.
second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner