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Poem: "Look at Me"
This poem was inspired by the "high and low" square on my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It was originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer as the linkback perk for the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

All 20 verses have been posted.  New verses may be revealed by linking to the unsold poetry page or a favorite poem published from this month's fishbowl.  Linkers include: [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht.  

"Look at Me"

The field trip to Lexington, Nebraska
to see the site of the Plum Creek Massacre
went pretty well until Antimatter
kidnapped Stalwart Stan's girlfriend.

Antimatter tossed Angelica
over his skinny shoulder
as if she weighed nothing,
and trotted away into the brush.

Stalwart Stan tried to run after them
but the air around him thickened until
it was like trying to swim through molasses.

By the time the effect faded, both
supervillain and girlfriend were out of sight.

Stalwart Stan refused to give up
on Angelica, searching for her
high and low, near and far.

He looked in the ditches
and up the flagpoles,
all around the cemetery
and the surrounding fields,
shooing away the girls eyeing him.

Finally Stalwart Stan found
Angelica tied up (perfectly unharmed)
high in a tree, with Antimatter
standing beside her on the branch,
grinning down at him.

"Look at me!" Antimatter said
as he waved at Stalwart Stan.

He looked a bit ridiculous
in his white costume and black lab coat,
his silver hair fluttering around his shoulders.

Stalwart Stan reminded himself
firmly of Thumper's Rule
and kept his mouth shut about that.

"This is more fun than those capture-the-flag
games that my cousins never wanted
to let me play," the supervillain said.

"Let her go," Stalwart Stan said
as he started climbing the tall tree.

"Come and get her," Antimatter said,
bouncing lightly on the branch.

Stalwart Stan really, really
wanted to punch him in the face.

Antimatter waited until he was
almost within reach before
trapping him like a fly in amber.
"Look at me," he said intensely.

Stalwart Stan could still
close his eyes, so he did.

Antimatter huffed at him,
"Well, you're no fun at all."

Then he scampered away,
leaving Stalwart Stan
to untie Angelica and lower her
carefully back to the ground.

"I saw you with those other girls," she said.
"I only have eyes for you," he assured her.

The ride home was uneventful, but
something about the incident niggled at him,
and Stalwart Stan could not pin it down.

* * *


Angelica Young -- She is a lively high school student with a cheerful, athletic bearing. She has blue eyes and bleached blond hair in a short, sassy cut. Angelica comes from a good family and can afford fashionable clothes. She is popular at school. Although she loves her boyfriend Stanley Wood (Stalwart Stan), it frustrates her that other girls keep trying to get his attention. Antimatter keeps kidnapping her, and it creeps her out.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Cheerleader, Good (+2) Social Studies, Good (+2) Video Gamer
Poor (-2) Jealous

* * *

The Plum Creek Massacre happened near Lexington, Nebraska, one of several battles fought in that state and the north plains. See some images of the cemetery.

Attention-seeking behavior can come from neglect or abuse. It's also associated with bullying. There are ways to help troubled teens and to discourage inappropriate means of seeking attention.

Kidnapping often appears in entertainment, which can inspire young people to mimic it in play. This really is play, since Antimatter neither intends to keep nor to harm Angelica, but it's nonconsensual and he's taking it entirely too far.  Despite the description in the trope, though, it isn't Angelica's attention that Antimatter wants.  There are ways to thwart an abduction attempt

Thumper's Rule as introduced in Bambi is, "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all."

Capture the Flag is a popular game in which two teams compete to find and control an object. Sometimes kids do use a person as the "flag" but it's not a great idea.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 6th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 6th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)


I've added your new verses, thanks! I'll edit the header to specify the revelation options.
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