Neon – An ode to Japan

 

Flowing through the masses of Tokyo

The idle chatter a thunderous roar

As I glide along the ancient city streets

In the shadow of night

 

Faces & eyes everywhere

Perfume, and stench at every turn

Paranoia & charisma abundant

 

Skyscrapers scratching the sky

The moon eclipsed behind grey cloud

Stars on show – dancing in the black

The neon lights illuminating

Everything

 

Neon nights culminating

Neon lights showcasing

The rise and setting of

This capitalism

 

A nation once proud

Ex-warriors

Monks, soldiers

& demons for hire

 

Modern days

Flash forward

And the demon

Traded in his sword for a pen

The monks wear suits

The warriors carry lawsuits

And the soldiers became

Thugs, spreading anarchy

 

From Samurai to Yakuza

The last of the Ronin

Haunt the alleys

Wondering where

Their homeland’s

Honour went

 

In the bustle of neon nights

The shadows converge

On the wind chimes of past

Some say you can still hear them

Clinking in the night

In the alleys, and rural lands

 

Where demons still roam

And Yotsuya-Kaidan;

– Oiwa still dances

Across her bedroom chamber

Weeping in the twilight

 

Escape across the mountain roads in fear

To meet the gaze of Yama Uba

Crone, and ravenous witch

She will devour you whole

 

Run back to your sanctuary

Your neon-lit dreams

Tokyo & Osaka

Where temples run

And demons weep

 

Dying in the fire

Of Hiroshima

& Nagasaki

Where ashes scream

And demons fly

 

These are the lands

Of neon dreams

Nightmares

And horrors

To behold

 

Beautiful mountains, forests & cities

Lit in neon for all to see

The demons that still roam

 

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