The Bat Boy

Bat Boy Lifts Anvils with His Ears!
Carries a Table and 6 Chairs with His Teeth!
Breaks a Brick in Half and Bends a Steel Bar with his Hair!
Underground on a Bed of Nails for 40 Years!

Eight of us crammed into
the 1962 “Woody” Country Squire,
the youngest in the way back.
TJ and Frankie directly behind
the tyrant so that he could turn
and reach them easily
and with his fist
and when the heat
and the noise became too much
and…

A cardboard box filled with comic books
slid in and out of the closet,
it’s contents worn,
disheveled,
pages…