A tribute to us, Homo faber... Note the pro-forma volta (turning point) at line 9, which I confess pleases me.


Superhero Sonnet

The beast from Krypton puts on quite an act;
That oh so ordinary guy they call
Clark Kent can almost blind us to the fact:
He isn't really one of us at all.
Less alien is Peter Parker, whose
Genetic makeup mingled, so to speak,
With an arachnid's. Though he did not choose
This fate, the fact remains that he's a freak.

I'd have my heroes be of human kind,
And darker, so I sing now of Bruce Wayne,
Who, haunted, haunts the wicked well, we find,
With fully human body, human brain.
Though not exactly just one of the boys,
He's but a man, made great by super toys.

Sonnet by Rob Graber
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Written on 2011-03-08 at 17:01

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Nancy Sikora
I like the freaks. They're interesting. When you think of it, they're a bit like modern demigods.

It's true, the modern human heros have less of an physical advantage, so their hero-ness is to their credit. However, toys are tools, and tools function as an extension of the self, and how much different is using tools from having bionic parts or spider DNA?

F.i.in.e Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
Ah funny, I always liked Spiderman for some reason. Though I didn't mind Batman - just didn't get Robin too well. As for Superman, I had trouble with the glasses disguise fooling everyone around him?

Wonderful sonnet - still impresses me how people can write in this form. You do it so very well. My attempt I told you I'd work on a few months ago (where does the time go?) didn't yield anything very interesting so far. I got the form, but the content is just... well... not interesting. I'll keep trying.

Really enjoyed this sonnet, of course :)

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
I really enjoyed this one, Rob. When I was young, I was fond of the Flash and the Green Lantern because they weren't top-tier superheroes. Superman was just too...super.

The "Dark Knight", certainly the most complex and intriguing of our superheroes because, as Captain Kirk said of Mr. Spock: of all the souls I have known, his was the most human.

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John Ashleigh
An interesting topic to write about. It was pleasing, and flowed from the tongue so eloquently. Thankyou for sharing.