Light Enough To Fly

The sun sets on Gotham.
Superman repairs to his
Fortress of Solitude,
mixes a lime green cocktail,
lights the first kryptonite cigarette of the day
and broods.
He contemplates his dissociative disorder.
He has loved like a fountain
It has left him with nothing.

He throws up the bat-signal
and Batman rings.
He asks his friend
if he too
feels disconnected from everything,
which is to say,
not connected to anything.

“I live alone in a bat-cave,
everything I own is black
including my wardrobe
which
is rubber.
Do the arithmetic.”
They share a knowing chuckle.

Their women have left them and
moved in with each other
in order to seek other dangerous men,
yet one’s less complicated.
They are not breeders but
they are looking to settle.

As the two men
unwind the tale of their days
exploits, triumphs and praise,
a silent truth lay
between them.

They know that they could never fly
so incredibly high,
could never achieve that
Olympic-wide smile,
unless they emptied themselves,
and went
all-in.

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

One Response to Light Enough To Fly

  1. The Human Half of Brawn and Balls, weakened by the greatest power in the Universe … Love and Women !

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