POEM: superheroes

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superheroes

well into my teenage years
I had Batman posters on my walls
and a painting of the Dark Knight
done by a friend (now departed)

after every heroic action movie
I emerged into daylight
imagining myself stronger, faster
ready to take on all comers
to defend what I thought was right

in later years I saw immigrant women
stand up against powerful rich men
on behalf of themselves
and their coworkers

I realized superheroes do exist
but we spend so much time looking
up into the sky for them
that we miss them all around us
down here on the ground

11 August 2012
Auburn AL

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