On One Hand

October 13, 2004

Death of Superman

Filed under: Uncategorized — ononehand @ 12:03 pm

Superman is lying in a box. His wife stands above and beside, dressed in black, holding a dozen white roses. Tears rain down on the grass from all who are there to mourn. They mourn, not so much for Superman, but for the fact that they know that they are helpless now. Who will stand between them and the next asteroid careening toward Earth? Who will battle the next Evil Genius? Who will catch the next pretty girl when she falls out of her New York office window? The sermon is about humanity, about each life’s weakness and inevitable end. The sermon is about sacrifice, about selflessly toiling for a cause greater than oneself, even unto death. With a humble nod the preacher closes the Book and steps back to let friends and family approach. Weeping, Lois kneels and drops the bouquet of roses into the pit. Superman’s parents embrace each other as a sudden breeze sends quick ripples across the browning cemetery lawn. They remember the day he dropped on them, a strange gift from the sky. They remember the day he asked why he wasn’t like the other children, his mother fumbling for words to explain what she didn’t herself understand. Then they step back, take one last look at the granite tombstone, and walk arm in arm out of the cemetery. They shake their heads at the questions they still have, that they will always have, and leave the mystery behind to be reborn in the depths of space.



  1. Great stuff. I’m assuming it was inspired by the death of Christopher Reeve… I really like how parts of this speak about the character and the actor. If this isn’t what you intended to do…well, you did anyway.

    -Jason (PervertInThePark)

    Comment by Anonymous — October 13, 2004 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

    • Yeah I wasn’t intending to… the piece was meant to stand on it’s own artisitc merit, inspired by the death of Christopher Reeve but not really addressing him as a person. I was aware people might draw a paralell, which I’m okay with.

      Comment by ononehand — October 14, 2004 @ 4:31 am | Reply

  2. “Superman” did not take place in New York. If Superman were real wouldn’t they have had the funeral for Clark Kent? I dunno. . . I love you.

    Comment by smackdaddydave — October 14, 2004 @ 2:38 am | Reply

    • Oh Jesus get a sense of romance will you. It’s prose, not an exerpt for Brittanica.

      Comment by ononehand — October 14, 2004 @ 4:36 am | Reply

      • You don’t know me, so you can’t judge my sense of romance from an observation. I’m just a geek and I find my comment completely valid!

        Comment by smackdaddydave — October 14, 2004 @ 7:13 am

  3. Hey. I saw this post on , which led me to your userinfo, which led me to think you’re awesome. Let’s be friends?

    Comment by punkstress — October 14, 2004 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

    • Upon review of your userinfo, I have determined that we are intellectually and astrologically compatable. I’ll add you.

      Comment by ononehand — October 15, 2004 @ 2:00 am | Reply

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