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Poem: Her Female Superman

Updated on August 5, 2012

Her Female Superman

By Christy Birmingham


Sheila is on the roof again.

Her bare feet dangle

From the arch above the doorway

As she pushes her shoulders forward and together,

Trying to look smaller,

Trying to become unborn.

She ignores my arms,

Out like a safety net,

From my stance on the ground of her backyard

While safety stands heavily on the ground beside me.


She thinks no one will catch her

After climbing the roof to cry,

To cry for a mom that leaves tonight on business

But won't leave Sheila's mind to pleasure.

Sheila is on the roof again,

There she sits looking down at me,

I'm her female Superman

But without a cape,

And without the will to fly.


© 2012 Christy Birmingham

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @CloudExplorer, thanks for exploring here :) I am pleased you like the poem, nice to be connected!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I love the title first off, and I love the analogy here with that cool dude claiming to be her Superman.

      We all wanna be a superhero in some odd way, but being one for our spouse or love partner, now that's priceless. Cool stuff!

      Voted up and out, oh and thanks again for the follow!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @alocsin, Thank-you for the read and whimsical comment too!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I know kids who make a habit of this and do manage to fly, at least in their head ;) A great evocation of childhood dreams. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Debbie, coming from you as an accomplished poet I appreciate your comment very much.

      @teaches, I hope so too. Your comment is insightful, thank-you.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow so touching.. I had to read it twice.. but thats poetry isn't it.. and it's still beautiful..

      great job

      Debbie

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is touching. I hope someone is there to catch her if she tries to fly.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @VibrantViews and @JennyCalender, let's turn on the TV and get the game on! Thanks for the comments :)

      @swb78, thank-you very much!

      @rahul, I am glad you liked the poem. I like your poetry too so that is nice to hear.

      @Marc, how nice of you to come read my poem. Hugs to you buddy!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Deborah, I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

      @sammimills, Thanks for the motivating comment!

      @Sonner28, no worries and I thank you for trying. It really is about a relationship with a girl on a rooftop who is trying to deal with her feelings for her mother. You can take the lines literally :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @unknownspy, How nice, and thank-you!

      @justateacher, thanks, I appreciate your positivity!

      @tammy, Aw thanks hon! You are so kind to come by to read :)

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      Jenny Calender 5 years ago

      Time for the reality tv version now :)

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      Scott Biddulph 5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      I liked it! WP

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Realistic and morose!

      Beautiful poetry!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      But you've gotta try to fly! Wouldn't a female superman be superwoman? hehe...

      great poem, Christy! I see realism here!

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      Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you for the beautiful poem.

      Namaste.

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      sammimills 5 years ago from California, USA

      Great poetry! Keep it up.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      Reading it again didn't help elucidate the meaning for me. I'll keep at it though!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you for this wonderful poem!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This is great...love it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love this poem. I can imagine my daughter pouting on a roof like this and she would if I ever left for a business trip. Very touching.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Bill, I understand. Not to worry my friend as I appreciate that you took the time to read. Tomorrow is a new day :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that's probably why I'm not good at writing poetry. Honestly, Christy, I like the poem ( I know I did because I read every word ) but my brain must just be tired.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @billybuc and @Sooner28, LOL you two! I honestly didn't think it was cryptic when I wrote it. Poetry does not have a right or wrong perspective but is instead about words, sounds and also heart. Thank-you both for stopping by (and stopping by again later hehe)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Boy, I'm dense today...I'm trying to figure out what you are referring to and I know it's my fault...denseness surrounds me. I'll be back after I give this some thought.

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      Thanks for writing a cryptic poem! Haha jk. In all seriousness, I will have to come back to this and read it a few more times. Voted up.