Alien objects are defined, by most modern persons, as things that are unfamiliar and often disturbing. Amongst Hollywood cinema there are classic tropes for alien creatures including their presence as creepy little green men, UFOs and anal probes. When it comes to earthly politics, and the movement of people over our tiny planet, aliens are displaced foreign nationals. Finally, in science, alien elements are those found in places in which they do not belong. Recently at an aquarium, I spent some time acquainting myself with the resident jellyfish. Watching them graciously, ghoulishly, glide as they manouvered through the darkness I couldn’t help but think how intrinsically alien-like they looked. I wrote this haiku to summarise my thoughts.
You don’t belong here,
And I’m scared of what you’ll change
Human status quo
(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Canada, 2016)