Superman is an insomniac

or at least a guy with an aching back

it was Clark of Kent who could sleep to dream

in his mind in the moonlight he is Atlas or Alcides

or any other ace on any other team

playing and winning with rowdy men who dig in deep

Kent works curves into corners, watches every batter weep

happily married to the mitt, he delivers love and stinging kisses

sent rent over home plate, the only thing angular between him and his missus

he develops a taste for extra innings, each one clear in X-Ray vision

drunk with devotion, an every-priest on a mission

his dream-heart dyed warm oxblood brown leather

seasoned to perfection by wind, by will, by weather

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Comment by M. C. Sears on April 13, 2015 at 8:37am

Superman is a hero it’s not that he has all this power but that he has this deep wisdom and knows how to use that power wisely. However it always made me sad that he is essentially a guy who has spent his whole life alone.

Comment by catch-22 on April 13, 2015 at 9:11am

it can be lonely there on the mound ~

Comment by Stephen Brassawe on April 13, 2015 at 9:40am

What can I say? You pretty much captured him there.

Interesting that you chose to use the name Alcides rather than Hercules. I am not inferring that you were being willfully obscure, mind you. Just found it interesting.

Those last two lines are dynamite.

Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on April 13, 2015 at 10:21am

Clever, this, describing Superman in terms of a pitcher.  He may be the man of steel, but I'd bet no one steals on him.  Steve is right about the last two lines: in terms of pace and sound, they dazzle.  I like how "oxblood brown leather" slows the meter, as if gathering strength for the rhythmic cascade of the last line.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on April 13, 2015 at 10:33am

clark kent an every priest on a mission? I see him as that sometimes , I admit, since Superman died,

and future Supermen were strangled in the crib by incoherent illogical non-poetic technotalk

and when they finally start to walk, instead of walking being a warm up phase to flying

it becomes the whole raison d'etre of itself for fucksakes!

Comment by catch-22 on April 13, 2015 at 11:02am
hola Brass! I was thinking of Alcides Escobar...even though he's a shortstop.
say, do you have any idea what the wind has been trying to say lately?

Jerry, hello ~ it is fun to think about the guys would try to steal on our superhero.
thanks for your always expansive observations ~

that's just it, james, warming up is essential to longevity.
Comment by JMac1949 Memories on April 13, 2015 at 12:08pm

R&L... but of all comic book heroes I liked Aquaman the best, he could communicate with whales how cool is that?  ;-)

Comment by Charlie Thornton on April 13, 2015 at 3:04pm
Lovely language.

And baseball.

Well played.
Comment by catch-22 on April 14, 2015 at 4:53am
props to Aquaman, for sure, jmac ~

thanks, Charlie!
Comment by catch-22 on April 20, 2015 at 7:04pm
mama yo quiero saber
de donde son los cantantes...

flecha flechada
smiling around the flower between your teeth ~


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