Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "Kaiju no Tatakai"

This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "greedy / desperate" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.


"Kaiju no Tatakai"
怪獣 の 戦い



It was a Greenpeace ship full of protesters
that got the best pictures, instantly trending
on Twitter and all over YouTube,

waves foaming white off the coast of
Fukushima as Gojira and Moby Dick fought.

The sharp maple-leaf scales fanned out
as radioactive breath streaked the air.

The great white whale fought back
with body-slams and sharp teeth.

"They're not real, they're not real,"
a scientist whimpered in the stern,
hugging himself in desperation.

Waves from the titanic battle
rocked the boat in contradiction as
the two monsters wrestled in the water.

"Well what do you know,"
said the literature major,
"radioactivity can bring
egregores to life."

* * *

Notes:

怪獣 Kaijū are giant monsters popularized in movies, books, and other media.

戦い Tatakai means battle. You can see it in titles like 魔竜院光牙最後の闘い (Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai).

ゴジラ Gojira is a 1954 Japanese science fiction film and one of the greatest kaijū movies of all time. Note that the original Japanese version is a very different movie than the Anglicized Godzilla version. If you like monster movies but have not yet seen the original, I highly recommend it.

Moby Dick is a historic novel about whaling.

Fukushima is the site of a major nuclear incident. This ties into the traditional references to nuclear horror in the Gojira mythos.

Egregores are thoughtforms given power by a group of people. They can become a lot more potent than most people realize, and can influence the material plane, although they rarely manifest in flesh. Which is good, because the feral ones are scary enough in spirit. Hence this bit of wisdom.
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