Here’s another example of superhero-themed formal poetry from my grad school years. First, a little background. I based this off a story called “Two of a Kind,” written and drawn by Bruce Timm. As of this writing, you can read it for free at Comixology, and it’ll probably turn up with a Google Search. In this story, Two-Face is cured and falls in love with his angelic doctor. But when he discovers his doctor has a twin, the story takes a turn.
The villanelle is such an appropriate form for Two-Face poetry it’s almost too obvious. The most famous villanelle I can think of is the one by Dylan Thomas. You know it. Anyway, here’s mine. Unlike my previously posted superhero poems, it’s not a parody of any specific work.
Two-Faced Love Song (A Villanelle inspired by “Two of a Kind,” by Bruce Timm) I’m sorry I could not be love for you. Such happiness was not for men like me. You only wanted one, but I am two. You thought you made me whole, and I did, too. A fool, I let you fall in love with me. I’m sorry I could not be love for you. Then she arrived. You introduced me to The darker half you had not let me see. You only wanted one, but I am two. And you were evil; I saw that was true. Perhaps you loved me just as much as she. I’m sorry I could not be love for you. You killed your twin. It’s what I thought you’d do. You simply could not wait to set him free. You only wanted one, but I am two. Now both of you are gone. I think I knew That this would end in hate and jealousy. I’m sorry I could not be love for you. You only wanted one, but I am two.
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