Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dream of a Superman

my power waned

I was the problem

things got better
when I decided to surrender
myself to the light
of that beautiful yellow sun

I took flight
too seriously
it was supposed to be a joy
not a burden

I had forgotten that

I floated for a moment
saw myself reflected
in a window
thirty stories up

the people beneath me
gathered on the sidewalks
to look up
utter trust on their faces

if there are angels
it is they

for all my power
it is not absolute

but when they work together
they can solve
almost any problem

the only risk
is that the lull
lasts too long
that we fail to act
when we should

that thought started
me awake

I turned over
rearranged my bedsheets
into a cape on my back
and returned to sleep
and to joyful flight

/ / /

This poem was written in response to the Wordle 5 prompt at a wordling whirl of Sundays.

I'm a full week late on this one. I'm getting back into the swing of things now that my school year is over. As I respond to certain prompts, I'll be catching up with others' poems.


  1. If only there WERE Superman, Richard!

    I like the concept of when people work together they can solve any problem.

  2. Mary, thanks. superheroes are a powerful dream and they have such appeal.

    I like that concept too. Each of us has to do what we can, but cooperation is so much more effective.


  3. wow. i really enjoyed this.

  4. Templeton's fury, glad you liked it.

  5. This is wonderful, Richard. It's interesting because I wrote about superheroes for the One Stop Poetry prompts this week.

    I love that you created this from the wordle words. This wordling madness is filling me up. Yay!

  6. Thanks, Brenda. I've have to check out your superhero poem.

    Keep those wordles coming. I'll be taking on Wallace Stevens over the next couple of days. "Yay!" indeed.


  7. I like how you turned this around, so Superman is dreaming of us. People around the world are slowly awaking to the collective power they can yield. Let's hope it continues.

  8. Francis, thank you. Yes, let's hope it continues.