My fingers itch as I
watch clouds racing
across a bracing sky.
Wind wrestles everything into flux,
bowls waves against an unforgiving
Sea booms and boasts,
spits salty spray,
whips hair, seaweed and marram into a melee.
My hands tingle with a defiant energy,
gather crumbs of cliff and tumbled
rocks, melt them into putty,
fill the cracks nature has rent,
a super Michelangelo matching powers with the elements.
Kim M. Russell, 2018
Lill, our host for this Tuesday’s Poetics, says that the superhero, Black Panther, is getting rave movie reviews and that, when she was young, she idolized the Lone Ranger. Marvel characters such as The Hulk, Spider Man, and Thor have great mass appeal, as does Wonder Woman. Mythology’s Hercules, canonized saints like Joan of Arc and Mother Teresa, and people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Malia may also be considered superheroes. The term is also applied generically to people within groups such as first responders, fire fighters, and those who put others in front of themselves in emergency situations. She also says that if we change the words a bit, we can talk about having a super power: an extraordinary ability, capacity, or strength ~ or about being a super power.
She challenges us to think about the words superhero and super power(s), and then write a poem, any form and any length, about something or someone or some characteristic related to these words ~ perhaps imaginative, perhaps real.