Johnny and the Monster

by flammeusgladius

Johnny and the Monster

 

 

(for Ben Hatke)

 

 

Even Supes seems to play at being hero—

So Johnny’s free to see this stuff as fun.

Last of your kind is pretty close to zero

In the delight department.  Anyone

Would seek some other option, try to run

Some other course – so Johnny’s now the Child

With Gnarly Powers.  He has drawn the sun

Closer: his daily climate’s almost mild.

But, when the unexpected gets him riled,

When criminals won’t play, as he plays, fair,

When affront on affront is rudely piled,

Why, then you’ll find a monster waiting there—

Which the perceptive Batman ought to see

As that which Johnny’s chosen not to be.

 

 

–Tom Riley

 

(http://letflythecannons.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-child-stranger.html )