Memo from Another Planet

We monitored every thought     examined every move

teleported to your planet undetectable replicas of our being


They pinpointed the weapons stockpiled on orbiting satellites

     and atomized them


It may concern you to know that the precision-guided

munitions and torpedoes aboard every submarine

     and battleship in your oceans

have also been neutralized     like the Swiss Navy


You weren’t able to experience the phenomenon     

     No one on Earth did

It might also enlighten your life forms to learn that we

disintegrated every nuclear warhead you tried to conceal


in subterranean silos     every armed forces tank     surface-

to-air missile     the stealthiest seek-and-destroy vehicles

your leaders and scientists could devise

     were obliterated simultaneously


We accomplished these objectives in less than a femtosecond


Your quantum physicists have yet to discover

     the imperceptible laser employed


Don’t bother to search for the weapons     they have been

reduced to the nothingness of their source

along with all the factories that produced toxic material


We hope you aren’t mortally offended     

     It was failsafe


We regret any inconvenience

and apologize if any boundaries were violated


Please don’t be alarmed if we find it necessary

to transmit you to our planet with telepathy

     It would be painless