Hiding in the Comics Exchange on Chapman,
waiting for darkness to fall again, to hide me.
The back room is cold and dark, with only dirty light.
It’s enough to read by.
All the heroes I knew in my youth, in fading pages.
All the mighty ones who fought evil, fought and won.
Once under shade trees in summer I read of them.
Now it’s winter as the dead walk.
So much blood drained back into the ground.
We turned on ourselves when the dead came back.
We fought against ourselves, everyone desperate, afraid.
Now it’s winter, and the fires are dim.
As night creeps closer, and I can go out to scavenge,
I dream of those heroes of old, of that childhood light.
Can we be like our heroes, in a world gone so black?
Now it’s winter, back can it be summer again, someday?
Can we love again? Fight for others again?
Can we be good again?