ODE TO RACHEL SUMMERS, DAUGHTER OF JEAN & SCOTT

faked by Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

I shoulda dropped right out
when the teacher told me
you cannot write poetry about the X-Men.

First off, stupid rule.
Secondly, why not write
about what most interested me
and one million other screaming
Southern teenagers?

Sonnets about Jean’s suicide
on the Moon, haiku detailing
Ororo’s claustrophobia

(which could be traced to her parents’
death in a collapsed building)

pentameter about a world
where mutants are feared & hated
because they are different, where
it could one day get so bad that
we’d round them all up in camps,
collars and tags according to
genetic markers.*

*See ish #141, the legendary “Days of Future Past” storyline by Mssrs. Claremont & Byrne!—ed.

even
at eight I knew
that was crazy,

we’d never do that in America, but I’d
seen Red Dawn, and maybe if the right
wrong people got into charge it could happen here,
but not with us, not without
something terrible happening, maybe if
the Russians took over, maybe only
then, and Wolverines! is not just for
your stupid football team, it means
you got knocked down into the sewers but you
just made the wrong one mad, bub.

But that’s crazy we’d never.*

*See ish #1942, “The Struggle of Korematsu.”

That’s crazy we’d never.*

*See ish #2009, “Riot at Camp X-Ray!”

That’s crazy we’d never.*

*See Memorandum for Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President, Re: Standard of Conduct for Interrogation under 18 U.S.C. §§2340-2340A (“We further conclude that certain acts may be cruel, inhuman, or degrading, but still not produce pain and suffering of the requisite intensity to fall within Section 2340A’s proscription against torture . . . We conclude by examining possible defenses that would negate any claim that certain interrogation methods violate the statute”) (August 1, 2002).

I shoulda dropped right out when
the man scowled and said,
comics, what the hell
does that have to do with poetry.

2 Responses to “ODE TO RACHEL SUMMERS, DAUGHTER OF JEAN & SCOTT”

  1. This is pretty amazing.

  2. Jack Butler says:

    Yeah. Don’t you just love any asshole who declares what poetry can and cannot be about?