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Aftermath of Fire

by on September 14, 2015

In the city ash

I stand alone, with scorched cape.

I have saved the day.

I have destroyed the bad guys-

And also, everyone else.


What choice did I have?

All the other capes were gone.

I was there. Alone.

My powers are atomic.

There was no choice left. Was there?

This is me, experimenting with a tanka. A form so nice, I did it twice. Anyway, this one’s in the Megverse, which includes Between the Fire and the City, A Better Place Than This, Hello There!, and the latest, And Lightning, With Its Rapid Wrath

  1. Kir Piccini permalink

    What does make a superhero? Staying when everyone else goes….

    • True. Unless, of course, the reason everyone’s gone is that you blew ’em up. 🙂

      • Kir Piccini permalink

        Best reason ev-ah! 😉

  2. I was looking forward to how you might use this week’s question to continue the serial- and to put it in tanka form! The brief lines seem to visibly represent her isolation.

    • I’ll probably move the plot forward in a longer entry next week, but the tanka seemed to work for this one. 🙂

  3. What a sad day for a superhero. Yeah, you beat all the bad guys, but whoops!

  4. Do superheroes have to take an Ethics course at Superhero State University?

    • They could, but that would require registering for the course, and superheroes tend to be touchy on the subject of registration.

  5. Jennifer G. Knoblock permalink

    The second line is especially brilliant. I agree with Cyn about the short lines–they give a sense that she is struggling to even think through what has happened.

  6. redosue permalink

    The futility of superherodom and the very human element of doubt in a really tight little story. Good stuff, this.

  7. :-0 I really love this tanka (even though it means maybe I’m dead).

  8. Natalie DeYoung permalink

    I like the starkness of the language here–it conveys the lonely superhero feel.

  9. There’s always a choice 🙂 it’s just that sometimes there is no good outcome

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