Sunday, April 17, 2016

journey to the west

Mixing science fiction and Chinese classical novels can result in strange ramblings...

photo by dsnake1

journey to the west

maybe they misread a few parsecs
and the craft landed at roswell
and the natives
were really not too friendly

maybe they have been here
too many times already.
may have taken things too lightly
accidents do happen

think of tunguska

he was wearing a gas mask
and held a gatling gun
and we in our
and fright
he was
the pig headed general
the stars
to the west
oh yes
he had a beer belly too.



The four great classical novels of Chinese literature : Water Margin, Romance of the Three kingdoms, Journey to the West, Dream of the Red Chamber.

Don’t forget that a king may well have the head of a pig.


from “Mythology, A Rough Guide” by Mike Ladd

I was inspired by the lines from the above poem (and a rather slow day). This is a prompt from the Bibliomancy Oracle. It can work in mythical ways.

Shared on Poetry Pantry #298 at Poets United.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2016

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Blogger Mary said...

Well...I wish I could express some kind of understanding of your words, but they are really a bit over my head and I can't think of anything intelligent to say. Sorry I am not familiar with this literature, which I am sure would help.

17 April, 2016 22:01  
Anonymous Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

I like the musings in your maybes!

17 April, 2016 23:15  
Blogger brudberg said...

Oh I love this.. how about mixing science fiction into those tales.. love the thought of a that beer bellied king (and the reason might not be the beer)

17 April, 2016 23:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


i am sure most of the readers will not understand what i am saying in this piece. :)
the gist of this is, extraterrestrials may be already amongst us. the pig-headed general is based on one of the characters of the Chinese classic Journey to the West.


oh yes, they are all "maybes". lots of conspiracy theories, even cover-ups. :D

17 April, 2016 23:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you! i think it's a weird mix, but we may never know! that "beer bellied king" is one of the characters of one of the classics, he is always depicted with a big tummy, and we used to love and hate him as well. :)

18 April, 2016 00:01  
Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Many years ago, in 1977 or 78 , I actually saw what could only have been a neighbours came to my door to show me some sort of oval craft hovering over some trees in the back fields....I lived in a desert like place then and the fields went on for some ways.........we stood on the porch watching for a good half hour as it hovered there. There was no sound, no motor, no machine, no sound of anything keeping it aloft. Finally, it slowly drifted away. I called the police, who said they had been receiving many calls and had no idea what it was.

18 April, 2016 00:41  
Blogger SuyashJ said...

makes me want to check out some eastern literature!

18 April, 2016 01:44  
Blogger Sumana Roy said...

ETs may be among us is an interesting thought...the last line made me smile....

18 April, 2016 01:45  
Blogger Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so intriguing :D

18 April, 2016 03:27  
Blogger C.C. said...

Although I am unfamiliar with your classical references, I love the idea of 'maybe's' that you explore and the way you mix science fiction with Chinese just goes to show that we can take our inspiration from such varied sources and the possibilities are endless!

18 April, 2016 05:56  
Blogger R.K. Garon said...

"A parsec is the distance from the Sun to an astronomical object that has a parallax angle of one arcsecond"
... Holy shit... Ok my friend... maybe the beer belly from the west was the sun setting before it burped.
So glad to see you again and spar :-)

18 April, 2016 07:18  
Blogger Luk Lei said...

This is a great mix, after I had finished, I wondered if it was about Zhu Bajie. We need more of these types of draws. I'm a bit familiar with Journey into the West, Romance of the three kingdoms and to a lesser extent the Condor Heroes, but not enough to fully understand the nuances and contexts. An education through subtle metaphor and context can sometime do the trick.

18 April, 2016 11:14  
Blogger Jae Rose said...

Strange but wonderful ramblings - i love both the wisdom and the humour - and i reckon most kings have a pig like head underneath those broad smiles ;)

18 April, 2016 20:11  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


wow, what an interesting and chilling UFO eye-witness encounter! many witnesses still find it hard to believe that they encountered one. there are many explanations for that : aircraft, balloons, reflections, weather.
Scientists estimated that there are 11 billion Earth-like planets orbiting sun-like stars in our galaxy alone. 11 billion is a staggering large number. Are there no other intelligent life forms in these 11 billion planets?
Personally, i don't think we are alone. i don't think it can be proven in my lifetime though. :)

anyway, you should have a camera with you that night!


i think your Indian mythologies do have some similarities with our eastern ones. :)


interesting, yes! maybe there are here already, haha! :D


yes, thank you!


i have a weird way with my thoughts sometimes
yes, we can draw our inspirations from varied and strange sources... :)


in absolute terms, a parsec is about 19 trillion miles, give or take a couple of million. that's a mighty big number, and it's better to drink that beer than to spill it thinking about the zeroes.

yeah, i am fighting fit again (writing-wise). how not in the month of April?

Luk Lei,

ah yes, it was about Zhu Bajie, how did you guessed? Condor Heroes is not considered one of the classics, but it certainly is well known in pop culture, and a very good wuxia story. :)


hahaha! and queens too? :D

seriously, it may need more than a mere poem to connect these 2 genres.

18 April, 2016 21:01  

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