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Wolverine - Barnsey's Attempts at Poetry

Updated on April 21, 2012

Wolverine - Logan

One of the reasons Wolverine became so popular among comic fans and children alike was his humanity. He represented the opposite spectrum from godly heroes like Superman or Thor. He possessed all of the foibles and weaknesses of the common man. His greatest foe often was his own lack of self control. Because of his mutation he battled his savage urges with every breath. To me this was an echo of the inner struggle many men go through as they mature. This is also the struggle all good men go through as they stand by and wait for a slow and unwieldy judicial system to deliver justice to the deserving.

Forced to reign in his true capacity for violence and revenge he still managed to be one of the greatest Marvel Comic heroes of all time. He existed somewhere between civility and savagery. He was neither Man nor Beast

What do you think?

Do you think of Wolverine as a Hero or a Vigilante?

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Wolverine

Man nor Beast

Man nor beast, upon either or, forever I will feast

Man nor beast, greater or less, more savage to say the least


Senses acute, I smell the blood on your hands

I hear the tune of your fear, for guilt is only man's

Silent as night, I follow ill wrought fate

Bloodstained steel, razor sharp is my hate

Bound by honor, righting wrongs yet they scorn

Gaijin barbarian, ex-man born


Man nor beast, I am the foe your running from

Man nor beast, I'll cut the cruelty from your tongue


Unsure of myself I seek solitude with my pain

Senses acute only humanity keeps me sane

Mostly immune, healing process keeps me whole

Unbreakable bones, all that wounds is my soul

Past unknown my friends are too few

Renowned for death, man nor beast I'm coming through


Man nor beast, I'm the shadow your running from

Man nor beast, I'll kill the beast you've become


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      TomBlalock 5 years ago from Hickory, NC

      Never a problem. Poetry has a lot of preconceptions about it, but one of the things I enjoy most is how it can play with words to create a visual structure completely aside from the content of the words themselves.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Thanks for the true review! I appreciate the time you have taken commenting on my hubs, tomblalok! I have been told about my misplacement of your and you're in the past, I need to refresh their proper placement in my mind so I stop making that mistake, I like the idea about using his claws as a structure outline. Now I am thinking about other characters who could utilize it as well, thanx again!

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      TomBlalock 5 years ago from Hickory, NC

      I'll start with the worst, because I have a lot to say about the quality of this poem as well. First, the semantics. Your needs to be "you're running from." Second, there are a few lines that seem unclear to me. You might know better what the meaning is, but the cause and effect of upon either or, forever I will feast, seems to imply that he should be one or the other, yet the poem emphasises that he is indeed neither one nor the other in entirely. Does that mean he will feast eternally in that state?

      Now, that really is all I have as far as critique. The poem does a fantastic job capturing the essence of Wolverine, from the comments about his ever present hatred for certain things, to the contrast between the quality of his soul and the roughness of his exterior. I second the comment appreciating the "Unbreakable bones" line. The mental imagery of that, paired with the physical is perfect.

      Additionally, the recurrance of the "man nor beast" theme gives meaning and purpose to the poem, making it not just an arbitrary description of Wolverine, but rather a statement of who he is, and what drives him.

      I give it, for your lack of experience as a poetry writer, and the topic about which it is written, an 8/10. It's safe to say I'm impressed.

      As a note, since you enjoy things like this, if you ever write another poem about wolverine, it might be fun to structure the poem as wolverines blades, in six jagged 3 line spikes.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Wolvy rules indeed... he's one superhero i would wanna be!!

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Wolvy indeed rules, thanks for checking it out, Mike!

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      empire mike 5 years ago from empire, colorado

      barnsey, cool poem! i think wolverine rules! personally, i'm a z-man...nice guys finish last. i'm living proof.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      THanks for reading, Jon!

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      Jonathan Yun 5 years ago from Clifton, Virginia

      Perfect descriptions of Wolverine! Like you said, my superhero infatuation with Logan can't really be called a superhero infatuation at all because of his relatability with actual humans. Poem was fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      Thanks for reading and commenting, rahul0324!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      "Unbreakable bones, all that wounds is my soul"

      most awesome line... nice poem