Poem: “Godzilla’s Parents”

Godzilla’s Parents

It was a lizard’s DNA
Invigorated by an A-
Bomb test and grown a size so huge
There could be from it no refuge

A beast emerging from the sea
Supercharged at Bikini,
An accident without designer,
No thanks to Teller, Oppenheimer

I saw it on a movie screen,
The biggest lizard ever seen
Whose breathing burned entire nations
With ionizing radiations

A precognition, now it seems,
The sort that comes in waking dreams,
For when you strip the lizard scales
Away and other rough details

You see another form, not great,
No lizard-fiend insatiate,
But something more like one of us
Plastered with a lizard crust

Underneath a commonplace
Entirely familiar face,
No warty monster breathing fire –
You and me, our dams and sires

Godzilla stumbles out from land,
The fraud is more than he can stand:
“Another place to bake my bread
But not among these muttonheads”

March 16, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."