James Francis Cahillane

 

 

 

 


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 THE KRYPTON KID

 

 

The act of reading occurred,

Like creation, in sage steps.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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