For years, I looked up to them,
The captains and This-Man and That-Man,
The heroes in tights and capes
That didn’t look like me.
I flew through the air and pretended
I could fly, but pools were below,
Not sprawling cities or universes.
“Fireman, policeman or Superman
Isn’t who you’re supposed to be,” he said.
So I settled for sidekick and trophy—
I settled for lower pay and catcalls,
Never once flew above walls.
The Bible says man and woman
are created equal, I said to him.
He didn’t respond
And in a different world
I settled for Superwoman.