The Krypton Kid

The act of reading occurred,
Like creation, in sage steps..

First awareness of selfhood
Was there. Idolatry, beyond 

Teacher’s axioms and action
Words became rationality. 

Take comics for instance:
Captain Marvel’s, “Shazam!” 

Superman’s, “Faster than…”
In them I invested my youth. 

In them I found me: grown up.
Doing deeds I could not do, 

Never would do. Before girls
Intruded, icons fought for me. 

Together we were something.
All alone, I was nothing. 

Just a foam-flecked
Blue daddy’s boy. 

Comically literate.

Ilya’s Honey, Dallas Poets Community, Dallas, Texas.    

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