When I was a Girl who's only super power was sleeping and crawling My mother passed away Left my father to raise two young children all on his own He gave up everything for us Sold the restaurant he had spent years saving to build The motorcycle he swore would always be his The one that set off car alarms and ******* neighbors.
When I was a girl who's greatest superpower was my ability to make imaginary friends I thought my dad was superman He fixed scraped knees Fended off scary bugs And beat impossible levels on video games. I never realized it but he did more noble feats than kiss booboos and squish spiders. Money never came easy to us, most of the time my father stayed unemployed so he could raise two children with love Raised us on the retirement from fighting like captain America for our country
When I was a girl who's super power consisted of seeing the good in the world I always wondered why my dad didn't eat with us most days Or why the lights sometimes went off And water was cold I know now that my superhero chose to pay for food for us over bills And spread Mac and cheese boxes to last a lifetime He gave up the comfort of food so we could have full tummies And for that I'll always be grateful
When I was a girl who's super power was selfishness I hoped for a mother Wished on every birthday cake and shooting star Praying to one day have a mom. I paid the price for my selfishness My wish came true the day my dad brought his new fiancé home
When I was a girl who's superpower was invisibility My stepmother told me my mom never wanted me Called her a useless **** head And called me stupid. I saw my father less and less And At first he swooped in to save me from the wounds of her words. But she stole his cape.
I am a girl with the power to masquerade as a woman now And I speak only a few words to my father a week My stepmothers words still wound me But she is my fathers kryptonite Stripping him of his powers leaving behind a tired man. she has pulled our family from poverty and for that I'm grateful But I'll never forgive her being the reason my fathers cape lay folded in the closet. And every time I hear my father say he misses me it sounds like an apology for the last six years! And when I say it back I hope he can hear the begging to see him more. My dad used to tell me he loved me every night before I went to sleep Now we go days without saying it. Without seeing each other And now every time I hear it whispered under his breath as he gives a quick hug so the hulk doesn't see It still sounds like the booming voice of the hero who carried me all the way home at three after getting stung by a wasp on the webbing of my finger and sobbing like I was going to die And I feel the lump in my throat swell every time I echo it back like sonar And can still see whisps of a cape behind him as he diffuses dr.dooms time bomb by saying the dish in the sink is his and sneaking me a wink. I refuse to lose my dad to distance before I lose him to disease.
I am a girl learning how to control the power of the world around me My father is dying. Liver giving out from years of untreated disease after years of putting his health aside. And he pulls oh his cape every time he smiles like a rain after a 100 year drought and tells me 'I'll be okay. You know I'm invincible.' And I always say that I do forcing insincerity out of my voice. I can see the weight of the cape he has worn for so long take its toll His back is arching from the weight of having to be strong A bulletproof savior of this family. So I will take it from him. Bear the burden of being strong and putting others needs before me. I will shelter him under it whenever deadshot's bullets of insults come flying. Because even though at times I thought I lost him. With or without a cape My farther is still my hero.