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Super heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished about a year ago Updated 11 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

When I was 5

I called my daddy Superman

He held my world and heart

Safely, in his gentle hands


His little girl,

A faithful shadow, sun or gloom

He was my pops

And I, his little boo


When I was 8, I asked him if he’d marry me

I don’t know how - he held his laughter in

He told me no, but one day-you’ll be wild and free

My first love, could never love me more - than him


By age 13, I thought that I knew everything

I no longer believed - my daddy hung the moon

Superman had flaws, now nothing - but authority

I looked forward to the quite, in my room


At 16, boys were all I thought about

Daddy’s rules, only got in the way

By age 18, I was nearly out the door

A car to college, and free, by end of May


Away and living, doing things the way I choose

Momma calls, come home, your daddy’s ill

I stepped unsure, into his sterile, quiet room

A picture of us on his windowsill


I was 5

And he was dressed like Superman

So full of life

He and his Lois Lane


He held my hands

Said goodbye to my mom and I

Dawned that cape

And flew off, into the sky


It’s scary now, without you here beside me

Life I know, will rarely, be the same

I want so badly to remember everything

And selfishly, relive it all again

surreal poetry

About the Creator

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Sandra Tena Cole11 months ago

    So utterly beautiful and touching! 🌹❤️ My love to you and your family x

  • Poppy 11 months ago

    This is so emotional and touching. Beautifully written

  • Denise E Lindquistabout a year ago

    Wow... thank you for sharing!❤️

  • Chua Yuan Hengabout a year ago

    It's a tear jerking poem. I can relate to this poem too as I also have just lost my dad.

  • JBazabout a year ago

    wow, I knew where this was going and you still got to me. Wonderful

  • Ashley Limaabout a year ago

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Beautifully written.

  • Ruth Stewartabout a year ago

    Just beautifully sad; and, for me, so relatable. Thank you.

  • Cathy holmesabout a year ago

    Aww, that is such a beautiful tribute. Well done.

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