Oh sutsumeshon genius of whale gorilla fame,
Your 46 directorial features are celluloid fantastic,
Your sci-fi, Ghidorah-strength hurricanes.
Though at first, a Kurosawa assistant,
Your gijutsu magic hatched fully formed,
Like Rodan from the giant egg.
You got a man in a rubber suit to be King of the Monsters,
And didn’t need Raymond Burr to be Steve Martin,
Your takusatsu is sublime.
So be this week, Members. In honor of Ishiro Honda’s birthday, may your camera eye be keen, your Planet X liberated, and may all your monsters have heart.