A Good Influence
(for Anna and Ben Hatke)
This morning: Wonder Woman at my door!
(She said she’d run. Of course, she really flew.)
She was what all her fans insist – and more.
My heart accelerated right on cue—
And from my plans of evil I withdrew,
Governed by fear but also admiration.
My supervillain soul had not a clue
About its next destructive calculation.
Daughter of Paradise, Child of Elation,
If only I could see you every day,
I might not feed my raging indignation
On thoughts of making all the cursed world pay.
I might serve decency as bard and sage.
After all, Ben’s the hero of the age.