The Tragic Life of David Banner

by Greg Tredrore

At fade out it’s always the same:
Music worthy of a tragedy
—American Style—gently

lulls the camera to the horizon
until the solitary man and his knapsack
are lost to us for another week.

Beset on all sides, unable
To escape, even from himself,
Injustice plagues his blood until

His sinews stretch and pull
And muscles swell, his green
Skin and unruly hair a metaphor

For that which we all long:
The gift and curse of righteous indignation
We allow only superheroes.

GREG TREDORE holds his MFA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as the Assistant Poetry Editor on The Greensboro Review. His poems have appeared in journals such as IlluminationsThe Inkling, and The Voice. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Georgia Military College.