The King is Dead

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kaiju Haiku


Tor.com recently ran an article about a Godzilla haiku Tumblr. 

Haiku in Japanese consist of two juxtaposed ideas and a seasonal reference that frames the poem in the context of the natural world.  It is not mopey free verse sliced into a 5-7-5 stanza.  Those poems are not Godzilla haiku.

These are kaiju haiku:


The roaring typhoon
Carries destruction west
From Odo Island.


Red leaves falls into
The bonfire of Mount Aso.
Rodans mate for life.


On Monster Island,
Unwelcome snow blankets all.
Father and son sleep.


Diamond and ruby
Explode.  Fireworks light the sky,
Ghidorah, and Gigan.


Cherry blossoms fall,
Burning through the soot and dust
Above San Francisco

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