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So Do Our Heroes

To you, oh comicbooks, do I appoint the dedication of this poem to

All your intricacies and simplicities

All your realities and complexities

You reflect our hearts

of what they are and what they wish to be

Victory and vanity

Freedom and failings

Honor and hesitation

These are you

These are us

We created super-powered beings

with ink and paper and imagination

We created beings with powers due only to gods

We created false gods

knowing that we do the same with flesh and blood

not just ink and paper.

We imbued you with powers beyond comprehension

to change the world

and not just your’s

with evil masterminds

and cat burglars

and devilish henchmen,

but also to change our world.

To give hope

and dreams

and nobility

to little boys and girls

reading your pages.

So that when they grow up

to become big boys and big girls

they can change the world.

Yet,

in giving you powers beyond our comprehension

we also heightened your

failures and faults and flaws

We created Superman

and we created kryptonite

We created Spider-man

and we created Uncle Ben

We created Wolverine

and we created his savageness

We created heroes

and we created their weaknesses

to comfort us

to know that

we have failures and faults and flaws

and so do our heroes.

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The Chameleon: A Triolet

The Chameleon, a life spent to hide the man

A mask so thick he does not want to find who he was once

With his masks, clothes, and skills he could be anyone from your doctor to your fireman

The Chameleon, a life spent to hide the man

Hired as spy and impostor, even if there is not a personal identity, he is a wanted man

With seven billion people in the world, he can find an identity in abundance

The Chameleon, a life spent to hide the man

A mask so thick he does not want to find who he was once

Doctor Octopus: A Triolet

Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius, a man with eight appendages but can never reach what is his desire

Doc Ock is remembered for his arms, not his real power – his mind

His arrogance makes him constantly misfire

Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius, a man with eight appendages but can never reach what is his desire

He is cast as the villain so that in fighting him Spider-man can inspire

Doctor Octopus idea of superiority over man is always against Spider-man who is fighting for humankind

Doctor Otto Gunther Octavius, a man with eight appendages but can never reach what is his desire

Doc Ock is remembered for his arms, not his real power – his mind

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Edwin Jarvis: A Triolet

Edwin Jarvis, armed with a vacuum cleaner and a beautiful British voice

Keeper of the Avenger’s Mansion, there to dust the lamps and stitch up a cut

It is more than just a duty but a caring choice

Edwin Jarvis, armed with a vacuum cleaner and a beautiful British voice

Not just a butler but the voice of Tony’s AI, comic book readers and movie watchers rejoice

Always there with a snarky remark in Iron Man’s helmet

Edwin Jarvis, armed with a vacuum cleaner and a beautiful British voice

Keeper of the Avenger’s Mansion, there to dust the lamps and stitch up a cut

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Rick Jones: A Triolet

Rick Jones, a boy thrown into a superhero’s life

By saving his life, a monster was created

Might he wonder if saving him was worth all this strife?

Rick Jones, a boy thrown into a superhero’s life

In journeys fit for heroes he was traveled as far as the Kree Empire and the Arctic wildlife

Finally got his chance to be a hero himself, as A-Bomb, when atoms exploded

Rick Jones, a boy thrown into a superhero’s life

By saving his life, a monster was created

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Love to Hate

The people we love to hate

The Joker – a crazy chaos creator

testing our hero to show who he really is

and who we are

The people we love to hate

The bully in the children’s story

making us love the little nerd

showing that we root for the underdog

The people we love to hate

The evil mastermind in the spy movies

allowing us to recognize that we

are on the good side

The people we love to hate

The evil stepmother – especially if she has a villainous cackle

for us to discover anew that we are against the oppressor

and for the oppressed

The people we love to hate

What if the people we love to hate

are not just in stories?

 

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The Man Who Made Captain America: A Triolet

Abraham Erskine, the man who made Captain America

Chose him not for what was seen, but what was felt, his heart

Soon after the Super Soldier appeared, his life ended with quite a drama

Abraham Erskine, the man who made Captain America

But unfortunately – or fortunately – when he died so did his formula

With his candidate for superiority he was smart

Abraham Erskine, the man who made Captain America

Chose him not for what was seen, but what was felt, his heart

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