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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "privacy" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"The Crickets' Song"


Not everyone who
develops superpowers
wants to be a superhero.

There are the crickets
who hate or fear what they
can do and therefore never use it.

There are the ones
who appreciate their power
but prefer to keep it private,
using it only on occasion or
when nobody's watching.

There are even a few
who use it freely at work
if it's a discreet kind of power,
instead of doing it openly like
the blue-plate specials do.

The crickets sing their song
only for themselves, and they
go silent if anyone approaches.

Then there are the Kauais,
whose silent song is a secret
even from themselves --

the people with Super-Immunity
or Super-Constitution or the like,

the men with Male Pregnancy
who have never made love with
anyone who could fertilize them,

the folks who don't notice that
what they see or hear is far beyond
the ordinary scope of colors or sounds.

The crickets' song is a thing of quiet beauty,
enriching the world all around them
more than they ever realize.

* * *

Notes:

Cricket -- a person with superpowers who rarely if ever uses them, instead preferring to live a commonplace life. They are almost always "in the fuse box" or hiding their power from most or all people. The term comes from "you can hear the crickets chirping," a reference to safe and usual situations, or to a group of people who don't speak up.  

Kauai -- a person who does not recognize their own superpowers. Some abilities can be quite subtle, especially at low levels, such as Super-Intellect or Luck. The term comes from the silent crickets of Kauai.

Subtle

Date: 2016-06-13 11:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I enjoyed this poem very much; more than an introduction to the slang terms, it's a quiet look at different personalities.

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Date: 2016-06-13 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] book-worm5.livejournal.com
Yay for songs of beauty, both quiet and otherwise.

Thank you!

Date: 2016-06-13 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked this.

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