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An Open Letter from the Supervillain the Red Skull

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Captain America , Heroes & Myth , Poetry

An Open Letter from the Supervillain the Red Skull

And what if I went away? Gave up my vintage SS wardrobe?
What if I disassembled the repulsor rays, the secret submarines
I keep beneath arctic waters for rainy days and spontaneous
governmental coups? What if I set free my standing army?
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Upon Visiting the Veterans Hospital

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Captain America , Heroes & Myth , Poetry

Upon Visiting the Veterans Hospital
(Steve Rogers)

Even if a man has been chopped down
to leglessness and lingering, worshiping
at the altar of what used to be, he is not without
his will to be so incomplete and gnawed—
so human—that he cannot unwrap the bandages
on his dangling hand and, with groaning
effort and malice, offer up his middle finger— Dive deeper…