What Did Godzilla Ever Do to Deserve His Fate?

by Brad Nelson9/16/16

Born of radiation
He’s the nuclear Zeitgeist
Of a postwar Japan
With aggression in twilight

Sometimes a hero
Usually a villain
He stomps on small things
And they just can kill ‘em

So what did he do
To deserve all those rockets
And bombs and artillery
And voltage to shock it?

“Don’t walk on the Grass”
And “Don’t stomp on Tokyo”
Are signs non-existent
To explain where to not go

So what did he do
To deserve Mothra’s vengeance
And King Kong’s brawling
Or Rodan’s hostility endless?

In a multi-culti world
Where mideast monsters are “peaceful”
Have we no room for Gojira
Must our fear of him be equal?


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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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11 Responses to What Did Godzilla Ever Do to Deserve His Fate?

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    When Larry Bond was a Guest of Honor at InConJunction some years back, he did a military game of Godzilla vs. the Japanese Defense Forces at Tokyo. (One of the people running the con was a Godzilla fan.)

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I knew that Timothy would appreciate, or at least respond to, this little missive.

      I’m sitting around last night channel surface on the “free” channels over the air and ran into a Godzilla flick on the Comet channel. The Japanese really should try material more structurally robust than Balsa wood. Everything seems to be made of that and Godzilla has no problem stomping on it.

      The Godzilla ethic apparently is that he hates human only because they hate him. But he seems to just enjoy stomping on stuff. He reminds me of Trump during the debates.

      • Gibblet says:

        I don’t know these monsters or their movies. So I can only say that I’m happy you were inspired to write. Keep on.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        The Japanese build a lot of very light structures, heavy on the wood and even paper. This was very convenient for American incendiary bombing in 1945. You may recall that in the movie You Only Live Twice, a British agent is stabbed through the paper wall just as he’s about to impart crucial information to Bond (who then chases the killer, without success).

  2. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    There once was a gigantic reptile,
    Whose actions were a bit less than docile,
    He stomped on a city,
    Crushed even a kitty,
    Next time we won’t fool with a fossil.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    The once was a terrible lizard,
    Whose actions were one big fire blizzard,
    With one single bash,
    Greater Tokyo was trash,
    I guess someone upset his gizzard.

  4. David says:

    Brad…I don’t even know what to say about this…I can’t stop laughing.

    (Dr. Smith says) Oh the pain…the pain.

    I guess we all have a little bit of sci-fi nerd in us.

    I can’t stop laughing…thanks…I needed that.

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