Stumbling over psychic edges,
clenched fists swaying...
Stuttering (to say what?),
the ground opening below
without so much as a swallow...
Clark knows the park's underfoot --
church and school each sit
on opposite corners of Smallville Square;
and state law assures that they'll stay there,
separated by a lawn --
but his eyes have found
what appears to be a bottomless pit.
Molten magma seems to fill it
near to the grasses' roots,
and a four-legged figure is shooting
toward him, soaring over the roaring flames.
Sorely perplexed, he presumes they're both pawns
in an unknown someone's sinister game,
then the creature assaults and he falls
as somehow it rasps his hidden name --
Human and beast wrestle on dusty streets,
surfaces return to focus;
a canine jaw gurgles "Kal"
and reveals its possessor's purpose.
it drools into his eye:
-- The church bells peel, peel
and you squat to kneel, kneel
with their altar boys.
You can't steal,
steal the earthers' joys,
so quick, up and wheel,
wheel from their cultic toys.
As they struggle under Smallville's
Liberty Tree, Clark at last is able
to see, and he shouts, "Krypto!
What's the matter fellow?
And who taught you how to talk?"
But the god in the dog only balks,
through its barking, at his plea:
-- Come with me,
let your wild side reign!
This mild-manner act
will bring you naught but pain.
You are not the same
as they who chew a wafer
to heal the deepest wounds!
You will feel much safer
reeling to your own choir's tunes!
Clark breaks off from wrestling --
call the match a draw --
and guesses (wrongly) at the facts.
"Father," he says, humbly, "Here I am."
In answer, his ex-pal
slaps Clark with its paw,
and the boy turns and whimpers
like a guy who's been dumped by his gal.
Clark burns at that. 'Krypto' explains:
-- He is not and I'm not he.
Jor-El is dead, so finally free!
Clark reflexively jumps.
The trees suddenly all become stumps
and someone exclaims,
"Look! Up in the sky!"
He didn't want to, he didn't even try,
but -- though he's neither a bird nor a plane
-- Clark Kent can fly.