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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

TUNNEL VISION



You can always find someone
to feel sorry for in The Naked City
someone who feels exposed
even when fully clothed because
those with the gift of vision
can see right through them
and I, Clark Kent, know about this
better than most

I roam these streets by day

(no fly-by-night superhero am I)
the people see me
as they have seen my alter-ego
so many times on the TV
if not in person
rescuing some ducks
or some sluts
from the gutter
and they never once put two 
and two together 
that I am he
and he is me
by the mere fact that I am wearing
these dorky glasses
I mean come on
really
it just shows you how easily
people are fooled
as no one even once ever said
you know you look a little like him
take your glasses off for a moment
it's why nobody sees
that the emperor has no clothes
as they grope blindly
along the tunnel 
in a dream 
within
a dream
within
a dream
here in The Naked City

16 comments:

  1. So many invisible heroes walking around the naked city..........so many in need of rescue. I always love reading you, Tim.

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    1. Thanks, Sherry! Hope your holiday are merry and bright!

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  2. People are indeed blind. Love the realization and pronouncement of the same: "it's why nobody sees/that the emperor has no clothes/as they grope blindly/along the tunnel/in a dream/within/a dream...".
    Very well penned! :-)

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  3. This is brilliant Tim, full of humor, yet a wise message is there.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. The people in the Superman series were all nearsighted, or something, and that was the beginning...

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  4. Delightful and insightful! We often refuse to see that which is before us.

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    1. I appreciate your comments, Vivian. Happy holidays to you!

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  5. "You can always find someone
    to feel sorry for in The Naked City" ... What a strong opening!

    "rescuing some ducks
    or some sluts
    from the gutter" ... Ha. Perfect. :)

    This is another favorite section:
    "it's why nobody sees
    that the emperor has no clothes
    as they grope blindly
    along the tunnel"

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    1. Thanks for reading, but most of all, thanks for enjoying!

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  6. this street crow writer
    punctuates the tire marks
    a grammar edit

    __ Sometimes my imagination sees far beyond that... which is reality; by recalling that vision, momentary punctuation (?) often remains.

    Smiles! To you Tim and to all, best seasonal wishes!
    _m

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    1. Very intriguing, my friend! Warmest wishes to you from the desert southwest!

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