from these superheroes in real life; they see comics and superheroes as a false reality. These same children tend to grow up in abused homes like what Clifton speaks on, in many of her poems. they had it wrong, the old comics. you are only clark kent after all. oh, mild mannered mister, why did i think you could fix it? how you must have wondered to see me taking chances, dancing on the edge of words, pointing out the bad guys, dreaming your x-ray vision could see the beauty in me. what did i expect? what did i hope for? we are who we are, two faithful readers, not wonder woman and not superman. - "you are only clark kent" - "why did i think you could fix it?" - "we are who we are, two faithful readers, not wonder woman and not superman." she liked him for the quality she imagined but in contrast of who he actually was she didn't like him - she liked the super man better than the Clark Kent
his is a third and companion piece to the preceding two poems. In it, the poet acknowledges the misplaced hope that abused children often place in fairy tales and comic book heroes. The poem says that the comic books were mistaken about Clark Kent who was only himself and not really Superman after all. The poem apostrophizes Clark Kent, asking how she could have thought that he could have helped her. All the time that she was taking risks, finding her truth in poems, even "pointing out the bad guys," she believed that Clark Kent would turn into Superman, whose enhanced vision could see her beauty. She berates herself a little because she wonders what she could have been thinking, hoping these things...
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