Dark Warrior

14 Sep

“There is a difference between you and me. We both looked into the abyss, but when it looked back at us… you blinked.” ~Batman

Dark Warrior

The mugger slowly creeps within the shadows with a gun
In the dark his compassion and understanding’s none
He sees a young woman approach but doesn’t care that she
Just got off a twelve hour shift and almost works for free

He doesn’t care that what’s inside her purse will feed her babies
He simply looks on her with hunger like a dog with rabies
He doesn’t care what it will do to her to be robbed blind
The darkness that he lives in does not ask him to be kind

It doesn’t ask him to think deep or have some empathy
It simply does compel him to engage in a crime spree
The shadows whisper to him that he’s strong and she is weak
They reassure him that she has everything he does seek

It urges him to step forward and take all that she’s got
To manhandle, to have his way and leave her life distraught
Unfortunately for the mugger, someone else does dwell
Inside those same shadows and on him they cast the same spell

He’s perched atop a fire escape, his cape blows in the wind
The furrow on his cowl makes him constantly chagrined
He waits and watches as the mugger steps out of the dark
Startles the young woman, points his handgun and does bark

“Gimme that purse or you’re dead!” and then holds out his hand
But suddenly the gun’s knocked loose and on the ground does land
The mugger looks up startled to see the caped figure rise
In the dark he barely makes out the strange bat disguise

The masked Warrior looks down and sees the mugger stand still
The shadows whisper to him, “You have a much stronger will”
The darkness creeps and tells the bat, “He’s weak and you are strong”
The mugger now feels the dark is where he doesn’t belong

Fear grips mugger as he tries to turn and run away
But the caped Warrior is soon on him without delay
He glides across the sky and then lands on him with a smack
Mugger feels some muscles tear and a couple bones crack

The masked man grabs him by the hair and growls, “Not so fast”
Mugger wonders why the shadow’s whispers didn’t last
And then he looks up and he sees the eyes of the masked freak
And knows compared to him he’s just an amateur, just meek

The bat seeks out the dark and takes it to another level
He shows no fear as he walks into hell to face the devil
He uses that darkness around to make the others pale
That darkness in his eyes makes mugger yearn for a safe jail

Some place nice and bright where he can escape shadow’s grasp
Now that it’s been claimed by the man who speaks with a rasp
“I give up!” the mugger says, “I know” the bat replies
“You always blink” he says with flame and shadow in his eyes

He ties him to the walkway and then returns to the dark
His presence making it a little more dim, cold and stark
And waits until the next man comes who thinks the dark’s his home
In the shadows only the Dark Warrior does roam

                                                         ~Miro

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4 Responses to “Dark Warrior”

  1. Tom (Aquatom1968) September 15, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Great poem about the battles with the darkness, Miro.

    • Miro September 15, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks. I’m intrigued by the concept of Batman going into hell, kicking out the devil and running the place himself but with a moral code. While most superheros fight the darkness with light, Batman fights it with an even scarier darkness, preying on villains with the same tactics that they use on their own prey.

  2. Mira Jay September 15, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Perhaps Carl Jung’s right saying: “knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of others.”
    Batman blinks not to Light for he realizes his darkness & so in him fuses Dark & Light….
    I loved the way you’ve plotted that story & I agree that only Batman shall rule Hell so it certainly becomes a better place:)

    Peace & Light

    • Miro September 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      Wonderfully put, Mira, thanks for the comment. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Jung, we can only effectively deal with the darkness of others if we’ve fearlessly confronted, accepted and made efforts to understand and control our own.

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