The NaPoWriMo.net challenge for April 14th is to write a poem in the voice of a superhero or supervillain, with the definition of these terms being left to the poet. My favorite literary protagonists are often detectives, and the supervillains that spring to mind would be their various nemeses. In that genre, what more classic struggle could there be than Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty: two intense egos of massive proportions, each hoping to outwit the other.
by Jan Brown
Holmes called me a spider
I tweaked the silk line of the web
and my minions fanned out
trapping the ordinary people
the flies and gnats of bureaucracy
snarled in a web of the extraordinary
. . .
even Holmes could not outsmart me
could not live a more remarkable life
could not claim a higher intellect
nor generate more newsworthy tales
he followed me, stumbling and tripping
chasing but not catching
. . .
and yet, here we are on the brink
peering over Reichenbach’s edge
tangled together, fending off mediocrity
pushing, shoving like common men
playing out a predictable story
with an unexpected end
P.S. If you are a fan of BBC’s “Sherlock,” the 21st century re-imagination of the characters and stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you will be happy to know they started shooting Season 3 on March 18th 🙂 For more info, refer to this article in The Telegraph.