Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday's Poetry: "Super Heroes"

by Pa Rock
Poetry Appreciator

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a send-up of old sci-fi B-movies, was written by Richard O'Brien and first appeared on the London stage on June 16th, 1973 - a little over forty years ago.  By 1975 the play had migrated to Broadway where it only ran for forty-five performances, but that same year the play was given new life as a movie.  The film version starred Tim Curry as the cross-dressing, gender-bending, mad scientist (Dr. Frank N. Furter) who led his two unexpected house guests, Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon (Brad and Janet) on a merry chase one very rainy night.

Others in the cast included Meatloaf, Little Nell, and the aforementioned scriptwriter, Richard O'Brien.

The following year, 1976, several U.S. theatres began running The Rocky Horror Picture Show in special midnight showings, and soon audience members began showing up dressed as characters in the movie and singing and acting along with the movie..  The rest, as they say, is history.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show is still doing its midnight run at some U.S. movie houses, making it the longest running theatrical release in film history.

"Super Heroes," a poem by Richard O'Brien that was written for the play, is recited by various characters at various places, across the performance.   Some of the characters are extra-terrestial, and the poem is their take on the insignificance of humans.

Super Heroes
by Richard O'Brien

"I've done a lot
God knows I've tried
To find the truth
I've even lied
But all I know
Is down inside
I'm bleeding
And super heroes
Come to feast
To taste the flesh
Not yet deceased
And all I know
Is still the beast
Is feeding.
And crawling on the planets face
Some insects called the human race
Lost in time
And lost in space
And meaning."

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