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July 13, 2015

Satellite Song: Kurow no Monogatari

Here is a fanfiction poem I wrote after playing Okamiden. It's sort of spoilery, so go ahead and skip this one if you ever want to play that game.



Satellite Song: Kurow no Monogatari 


I
 
From the moon comes madness
or destiny, or sadness, depending on who you’re asking.
No use waxing or waning poetic.
You were quite prophetic in a half baked way,
trusting me to choose to stay your satellite.
It’s the reason I was born,
torn from your side,
to be a celestial guide in the night,
and black to white, the scared surface of my face
just a yin-yang reminder
of an ancient race and a morose reflection
of the sun and her story. I’m just a footnote
to your legend's glory. 
I’m just your satellite.


II

If I could be a wolf-white mirror,
or a crow-black magatama jewel,
then maybe I could sing
but I fear I’m just a flute-like sword
cutting out half-circle harmonies,
monochromatic melodies,
and moonbeam music in the clouds.


III

Have you ever even praised me
or given me a hand?
Do you know what I lost to
to protect this land?
Voulez-vous to understand?
I can’t speak French,
the way you do.
Oyasumi. Adieu.
There’s nothing left to say…
but I wish you knew
that I’ve been deflecting meteorites,
reflecting solar lights. 
Deathly dark
and moonbeam white,
I’m still just your satellite.


4 comments:

  1. Wow! The use of internal rhyme and imagery is amazing in this rhyme!

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  2. Thank you! Obsessing over fictional characters gives me increased poetic ability :)

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  3. I think it's awesome, even if I'm not that familiar with your silly video game. I think it stands alone as a moon poem (especially the first two stanzas).

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    1. Thank you :) I tried to combine the character's story with the idea of the moon being formed when Theia hit earth, and the idea that the moon used to be a part of earth. The moon does a lot for us, such a giving us regular tides, protecting us from some meteors, and keeping our nice 23 degree tilt (or so it all said on some science program I saw one time!). So really, the earth has a lot to thank the moon for, yet it's just our satellite.

      So I guess this poem is what happens when one over-analyzes scientific theories and personifies planetary bodies... and then becomes overly attached to characters in a video game :)

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