The latest in a biweekly poetry series curated by Hanif Abdurraqib
If we were all a bit like spiderman,
We'd let our colours show,
Tell politicians what we know—
Tell them we will hold them to their promises,
and if they carry lies, they will not find compromises; make them free our people
From their prison cells' disguises.
If we were all a little bit like spiderman,
We'd stand strong, and stop trying to save
our skins; sister stands against brother,
and we are on the brink of fighting eachother
while the real villain— a true Doctor Doom
or Ultron or Thanos— tells us that
our Civil Wars are non-existent when they are
Dominos falling forward further and further
until we turn our buildings into
Rubble and into dust.
You and I know that we must
Take a stand, take the identity of
a hero into our hands, raise our
Fists and tell them,
We, the people, have power;
But, you, in the office—
‘You are nothing without the suit.'