Mantle, by Richard Walker

by Richard Walker

I’d be strong,
I’d save people,

But there would be times
when I’d fly just to be alone

My cape flapping gently
in the stratosphere

Above the clouds
above the noise

Quiet and stillness
just for me

So I could go back
and continue to be strong

Process notes: This poem was inspired by a prompt from Poetic Bloomings: “and sometimes I wear a cape.” This is my take on what introversion might look like in a super hero.

Richard Walker is a teacher in a public elementary school in the San Francisco Bay Area; this is his calling and vocation. He writes poems and novels; that also is a calling, his avocation. He blogs at Sadly Waiting for Recess.

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