Saturday, December 3, 2011

Master of the Mystic Arts


Master of the Mystic Arts


Let love fall
wind-broken runner
X-man in Darwinia
if love has made you too human.
The sea will burn, 
a fire on the deep
blackening Aquaman
to a french fry, snakes devour you,
mountains fly
before you see another
mutant like me.

Save your bolts
hydrophobic tail-chaser
Dr. Strange in a stranger's land.
When the green lantern burns out,
reason won’t save you
just madden the hulk given
a brain despising its pelt
begging to be skinned.
I wore that shell in my cell
for ten years and a day
waiting for a hero

till I learned just how
to play with
the isotopes, and
kicked down
the door myself.
Now my hands 
shoot the lightning
I have my own costume
and wings 
you’ll only see
disappearing.





December 2011 

Posted for   Poetics   at dVerse Poets Pub
 Claudia hosts today, and she's asked us to relive our comic-reading days for inspiration. Dr Strange was always my favorite, though in this tale I'm not very kind to him. Come join us. Link is live till Sunday midnight.



22 comments:

  1. Wonderful, musical, reads like a sonata-- a cornucopia of great lines:

    Now my hands
    shoot the lightning.. !

    xj

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  2. Oh yeah, tell it girl! Amen and all right.

    This is like Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves meets Arsenal Girl. Ten years and a day is long enough to make any gal cranky. I love the ferocity and the turns of phrase here. Step aside, lady coming through!

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  3. Now my hands
    shoot the lightning
    I have my own costume
    and wings
    you’ll only see
    disappearing.

    I love the sentiments expressed in this poem.
    I also love the quotes because it's better than whiskey and the peace one too

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  4. so this is how it sounds if you drug an old verse out, bathe it in toxic waste, inject it with strontium 90 and give it a few jolts of lightning..? smiles.. think i have to try this as well.. esp. love the ending...and you surely have your own costume and wings.. (just in case, if you don't need your broomstick any more... could i borrow it...?) great write hedge

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  5. amazing what you change once you got the power you know...smiles...

    When the green lantern burns out,
    reason won’t save you
    just madden the hulk given
    a brain despising its pelt
    begging to be skinned.

    break it off girl! tight flow through there...an on message...smiles.

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  6. Woo-hoo, go you! You are now my super-hero of choice. :)

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  7. I like the strong heroic voice.. kicking the doors and shooting lightning...these I like to do ~

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  8. Great build of tension. Loved that last stanza best, especially the wings only seen disappearing.

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  9. Wow, this is a terrific super-hero write. I love the ending. I will look for your wings and for your disappearing....in my dreams.

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  10. Hands shooting lightning could come in real handy (no pun intended).

    I loved the ending...super heroes don't need to stick around, do they?

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  11. i bet the inside of your cape is all sparkly! especially love

    "and wings
    you’ll only see
    disappearing."

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  12. What fun to pick out all the familiar characters. This poem brings back lots of memories. And I think you're right in suggesting that our comic books taught us to be our own heroes.

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  13. Terrifying - and terrifyingly good.

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  14. And she is super charged with power after all the heroes are said and done.

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  15. If it ain't fit, break with it baby and find the sky!

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  16. Yes, we all should quit waiting, and make ourselves into our own heroes. I like the inclusion of all the others in the body, and your closing lines are...super!

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  17. Love the twist on stranger in a strange land where these heros dwell. And I love that you're not waiting for a hero- not you- you make your own costume and lightening! In more ways than one.

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  18. "hydrophobic tail-chaser." Am I just weird, or is that freaking hilarious?

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  19. Thanks all.
    @MZ: Well, you are just weird, but it's supposed to be funny, so not about that. ;-)

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  20. I love the last stanza, I want to learn to play with the isotopes too..

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  21. for ten years and a day
    waiting for a hero

    ... and kicked down the door myself.

    Hey, you just might enjoy the adult comic I hi-light. I missed posting in time, but here is my link...

    A Fable Twist

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