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To Those Who Consider Themselves Toa

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#1 Offline Noise #0579

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Posted Oct 30 2013 - 07:21 PM

Are they really so different?  Need they really be destroyed?

 

Brothers and sisters, common heritage unknown or overlooked

 

You lashed out in spite, attacking one, waking all

 

And here you are, acting like the victim

 

Did you think they would not defend?  Wouldn’t you?

 

Ah, but these are “Bohrok”, and you are “Toa”

 

Those names are unalike, so why think these beings the same?

 

It is the Toa we celebrate, the Toa who have control

 

There is no place for Bohrok, nor the change they seek to bring

 

Rigidity!  Be strict!  Defend your narrow ways!

 

Or else those bizarre Bohrok will assimilate you all!

 

Please

 

 

Is this how Toa act?  Are you as noble as you claim?

 

Surely the world is big enough for the Bohrok to exist

 

They aren’t alien, they were here all along

 

You never saw any?  Of course you did

 

They were hiding, and for good reason

 

I’d hide too if all these Toa sought me out!

 

It’s prejudice, plain and simple, don’t think you can deny

 

Maybe you should take one of those Krana they offer you

 

“Ugh, those disgusting things?  They make my skin crawl!”

 

So you’re not comfortable?  Oh dear, how unfortunate

 

I’m sure the Bohrok have no idea what that feels like

 

An ugly truth, no matter how repulsive, is never any less true

 

You are wrong.  You don’t want to face that.  No one ever does

 

But would you believe that Bohrok and Toa can co-exist?

 

GASP!

 

How strange—but I assure you it’s true!

 

As it turns out, you may not be so different after all

 

So scratch that gold paint off your mask and take a step back

 

Try holding a civil conversation with the Bahrag, if you can manage

 

I wonder how soon it will be before you realize…

 

All the reasons for your actions?  They’re nothing more than hate

 

“Matoran become Toa, the way Mata Nui intended!”

 

Guess what?  Bohrok were Matoran too

 

“It’s not natural!”

 

How strange, that Mata Nui would intend the “unnatural”…

 

Then again, if it were “natural” after all…

 

Oh, there I go—I should let you figure it out

 

If I tell you, you’ll just run and tattle to the Turaga

 

“Help!  We’re being asked to see logic

 

To confront it, and be kind!

 

Since when was kindness one of our Three Virtues?”

 

Virtues?  What about Unity, then?

 

Have you applied that doctrine lately?

 

Seems someone’s been slacking on their Duty

 

But fine, don’t listen to me, there’s still another Virtue

 

And without a doubt, things are Destined to change

 

Good luck fighting that!

 

Maybe you won’t see it, but others surely will

 

Bohrok will be allowed to exist with Toa in peace

 

Extremists like you may have sealed the Bahrag, but it’s not over

 

The Kal fought.  They succeeded in at least waking the Bahrag

 

Now they are active, and everybody knows it

 

One day, after a long overdue revelation,

 

You “Toa” will realize your mistake

 

You’ll finally stop hating, and the Bohrok will be free

 

Argue all you’d like, but stranger things have happened

 

Well, I guess it’s time to wrap it up

 

So tell me, “Toa”: what am I really talking about?


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#2 Offline X-Ray

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Posted Jan 14 2014 - 02:46 PM

A fine enough poem, but there's one problem with it: whoever wrote this poem (Ahkmou, maybe?) evidently doesn't understand that the Bohrok wanted to annihilate Mata Nui and the Matoran at any cost, and what's more, they're the ones who started the fight, not the Toa. The Toa are merely defending their people against forced annihilation and assimilation. Frankly, I believe that the thesis of this poem is quite silly in that context.

 

Stop me if I'm reading too much into this, but I have a feeling that there was meant, within this poem, to be a sort of allegory to certain real life issues. I won't name them, but if what I feel about this poem means anything, then I probably disagree with the allegory you may be present, Mr. #0579. A pretty poem, but I'm afraid that I don't think much of the message.

 

Sincerely, :akaku: X-Ray :akaku:


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