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Awaiting a SuperHero

by Bradd Howard

I am just a sidekick
waiting for a SuperHero

a cute and quirky butternut
(with a Puck-ish quality)
waiting for the Man of Steel or a man with a steely gaze

a man who could leap tall buildings in a single bound
or leap into my arms with a single sigh.

You see I'm the boy that holds the door to the phone booth open for you
the one who catches your glasses when they drop to the floor

I "Ka-Bow!" when you "Blam!"
and "Zing!" when you "Zowie!"
gaze at you with Robin blue eyes
and wonder where all the villians are

Wandering the streets of Gotham or Metropolis
searching for that man to complete my crime fighting team
a man who makes my secret identity not so dirty
maybe even a little acceptable.

A man who could teach me the real meaning of the word "duo"


Author's Note: the 2nd in my SuperHeroes series... affectionately dedicated to Cristy M and Michelle Fuller-whatsit.

Posted on 07/14/2005
Copyright © 2020 Bradd Howard

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Sarah Graves on 07/16/05 at 08:52 PM

I really enjoyed reading this, it kept my attention all the way through. Great read. :) I look forward to reading more of your work.

Posted by Rula Shin on 07/18/05 at 08:46 PM

What fun! I like this Bradd, especially the fifth stanza, "I "Ka-Bow!" when you "Blam!" and "Zing!" when you "Zowie!" gaze at you with Robin blue eyes" - It seems most human beings lie in wait for their 'superhero' to fly in and to desire them for a 'sidekick'. We all want to feel that we belong somewhere meaningful, and to know we are needed and that we make a difference in someone else's life and that we are not just wandering aimlessly until the day we die. Some try to fulfill this need by placing importance and finding what they believe is meaning in empty attainments which are hollow (ie trying to attain first and foremost power and/or pleasure, believing this will fill the gap). This piece so nicely conveys this human side which looks for more than just to gain pleasure or power, but rather seeks something more than what nature wants of us, which has little to do with the individual. We do wait for beautiful impressions to come along and breathe life into us, though it's alway better to not wait since this is nature pulling the wool over our eyes by not allowing one to experience true living since we are always daydreaming in anticipation and never DOING (or rather, undoing). It's always good just to keep one's ears and eyes open, living in the moment, and hearing the call the moment it approaches. Kapow!! You've hit on a winner dear :-)

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 07/19/05 at 02:46 AM

Well, the entire human race it seems is waiting for a super man to arrive and lead them to some meaning. May be you are waiting for a personal superman but the purpose is the same. To derive meaning and by deriving meaning derive pleasure and power.

Posted by Ava Blu on 07/19/05 at 03:02 PM

I'd say you were cute, but everyone else already told you. for me, you are my hott boy and I love when you post.

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 07/18/06 at 07:56 AM

Nice work, Bradd. I believe when you meet your superman he will be the one to jump in your arms with a single sight...you're that good. Congrats on POTD, Desert Dude.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 07/18/06 at 04:27 PM

This is the first time I've read your work Bradd, and must say I found it very well crafted, entertaining. This particular poem reminds me of a certain cartoon crime fighting duo on Saturday Night Live. ;o) Congrats on POTD!

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 07/18/06 at 05:57 PM

Totally delightful! It is light, yet conveys the basic desire of all humans - to have someone by their side as a companion or more. CONGRATULATIONS on POTD!

Posted by Delilah Coyne on 08/30/06 at 10:50 PM

What an amazing piece. I love the way the deeper meaning flows so seamlessly with the surface. Very well written!!

Posted by Deborah Breuer on 08/30/06 at 10:51 PM

Nice play on words...quite the creativity boost! This is my first experience with your work and as a person who looks for the super-hero in everyone, I really enjoyed this piece. i can't wait to read more...thanks

Posted by Elizabeth Seago on 12/26/06 at 04:48 PM

Such simplistic ideas glorified here. Often times, people can't see anyone outside of themselves as more than 2-dimensional characters in a comic book. They take one look at someone (such as Robin) and write him off as "shy"/"polite"/"clumsy" - adjectives that don't usually hold much wieght. When in actuality, as you've conveyed in this piece, he might really just be someone desperately searching for answers; for love. All too often we are too crippled by the wieght of our own plight to turn around and see the pain in someone else's eyes. To consider, too, their circumstances. Great write. Great read. Favorites, much? =]

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 03/10/08 at 08:26 AM

I just re-read this and why was I surprised it clobbered me once again. Thanks.

Posted by Kris Mara on 04/16/09 at 05:08 PM

incredible, what else is there to say really? I love how you carried the theme throughout and the meaning behind it.

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