I saw Superman

I saw Superman walk down my hallway today and he didn’t and doesn’t care what you think about him.  He was a white-boy with dread-locked hair that’s long enough to tuck behind his ears and he smelled like the stink and rot of unwashed bodies in tight and closed places.  I’ve smelled his kith and kin in hovels bare and small.  I’ve sat and listened to their stories of life and things passed-by and wondered at their truth and then found that it didn’t matter, those things and they, well…they became true in the telling.  And today, as he shuffled past me in his coke-bottle glasses with scratches and old and yellowed tint from age and sun and wear, the arms hooked over ears with huge and fearsome gauges stuck in the lobes causing holes that would be large as a ring on my thumb, he shuffled past in that mess and whatnot with torn jeans and ravaged converses as he huddled his face into the small baby of two months or less and whispered his whiskered and loving words into his tiny self.  He whispered kind nothings and stink and I didn’t smell his breath, but neither did the baby as he lay there cuddled and warm against that chest in the torn and fake-leather jacket and was loved by him in all that it meant to him.  That baby there was cherished in those moments where he existed in my life and Superman had him and rocked his world…and I hope he remembers that love when life comes on him hard and rough as it sometimes will…I hope he remembers that his Daddy loved him, then.

10 responses

  1. Kaleeb

    wow….that was absulutely beautiful. absolutely freakin beautiful. 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    • Well, thank you, Kaleeb…. 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 6:10 am

  2. teary-eyed and i side with callum – freakin beautiful!

    October 19, 2010 at 7:34 am

    • Thank you, JoshMan…tears, huh? That’s beautiful, too. 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

  3. Kelly

    I needed some tissues, it was just so beautiful…a little unexpected after the first few sentences, I think that’s what makes it so great. 😀

    October 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

    • Thank you, Miss Kelly…kinda comes out of nowhere…. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

  4. Nut Balls

    Precious, tender, and incredibly beautiful. I really do love it 🙂

    October 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

    • Nice words, Nathan…thank you. 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 11:49 am

  5. Becky

    You are such a gifted writer…this was beautiful!

    October 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

    • Thank you, Becky. I’m glad you like it. 🙂

      October 25, 2010 at 4:34 am

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