Sunday, November 03, 2013

Happy 59th birthday, Godzilla!

In honor of Godzilla's 59th birthday today, here is a poem from my forthcoming book DEMONSTRA, and a trailer to celebrate the occasion in style. DEMONSTRA also includes rarely seen selections from my chapbook The Kaiju and I, which appeared in G-Fan Magazine #75, the international magazine of Godzilla fans.

Destroy All Monsters!

"Monsters are tragic beings; they are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, they are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy"
—Ishiro Honda 

When the orders came, we were not
(could not)
(dared not be)

Humanity must be preserved
At all costs,
Despite a decidedly
Checkered record
Since the biased jottings of Herodotus.

That is the old line,
Safe to stand by
A leaf of litmus on which to write
Our strategies like old Sun Tzu.

Monstrosity and terror have no place
In our crumbling streets filled with
Graffiti and youth
Who are the heirs to our creations.

Whether you are a lizard with a
Skyscraper between your toes
Or some smaller fiend
In whom we fear to find
Too close a mirror,

There just isn’t enough space in this vast world
For both our dreams.

If only we could truly believe you’d be content
On some distant menagerie,
Instead of plotting where to bury you

                   beyond our sight. 

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