K is for Kryptonite
…and this is what happens when a 15 year-old boy bounds into the room and says, “I get to pick today!”
We’re all clear on Kryptonite, right? The K-Metal produced when, in the Superman mythos, Krypton exploded … I was amazed at how much information was available for a mythical element on Wikipedia; I was also stunned at the various “forms” of the substance (naively believing that the “green form” was the only form! Pfft … neophyte … but I digress). Everything you ever wanted to know about Kryptonite is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryptonite And, God help me on this, it all looks peer reviewed, so I think this has some bonafide, spot-on credible information on the subject.
Poetry Form (can I get a shout-out for the Poetry Forms of Fair Lost Krypton? *crickets* C’m on, don’t leave me hangin’….) Anyway, there’s the famous Jor-El’s blessing, which is kind of like poetry: http://kryptonian.info/translations/jor-els-blessing.html And, better yet, there’s the Poetic Table of Elements: http://www.everypoet.net/element/display.php?symbol=Kr that has oodles of Krypton/Kryptonite poems.
I pause and stand amazed at the power of the internet … remembering that, as a lowly undergrad, I browsed endless card catalogs and hefty tomes and banged out research papers WITH FLIPPIN’ FOOTNOTES NO LESS (bow down before me all ye under 30!) on an IBM Selectric Typewriter …
Okay, reverie over. Back on track …
Poetry Form (from Tir na nOg: Land of the Everliving: A Poetic Community)
A very popular quatrain that normaly used in ballad and story writing, consisting of one unrhymed and one rhymed couplet giving a suggested pattern of:
Before the death of planet fair
Sweet Lara held her baby close
And whispered words to soothe his soul
Perhaps a lullaby compose.
His father solemn did profess
A stately consecration there
And bade his son the best Godspeed
As he escaped their sun’s last flare.
In far-off Kansas on the plain
In wheat field tawny crashed on Earth.
Jonathan and Martha Kent then
Took him home, a son! New rebirth!
A planet gone and dead, decayed
Not one rock extra did remain
Yet something wing’d its way to Earth
Green-glowing element, a bane.
And through the mythos followed we
With wild adventures, brave and true.
This lurked behind, a poisonous foe
Kryptonite! that which he eschews!