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Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too

Hiding at the bottom of a file drawer was a photocopy of James Hall’s “Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too,” which I found today while cleaning. Before I shred the copy (also reprinted here), in honor of the fact that I might go see Spiderman 3 sometime this weekend, I give it to you:

Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too

All my pwoblems
who knows, maybe evwybody’s pwoblems
is due to da fact, due to da awful twuth
dat I am SPIDERMAN.

I know. I know. All da dumb jokes:
No flies on you, ha ha,
and da ones about what do I do wit all
doze extwa legs in bed. Well, dat’s funny yeah.
But you twy being
SPIDERMAN for a month or two. Go ahead.

You get doze cwazy calls fwom da
Gubbener askin you to twap some booglar who’s
only twying to wip off color T.V. sets.
Now, what do I cawre about T.V. sets?
But I pull on da suit, da stinkin suit,
wit da sucker cups on da fingers,
and get my wopes and wittle bundle of
equipment and den I go flying like cwazy
acwoss da town fwom woof top to woof top.

Till der he is. Some poor dumb color T.V. slob
and I fall on him and we westle a widdle
until I get him all woped. So big deal.

You tink when you SPIDERMAN
der’s sometin big going to happen to you.
Well, I tell you what. It don’t happen dat way.
Nuttin happens. Gubbener calls, I go.
Bwing him to powice, Gubbener calls again,
like dat over and over.

I tink I twy sometin diffunt. I tink I twy
sometin excitin like wacing cawrs. Sometin to make
my heart beat at a difwent wate.
But den you just can’t quit being sometin like
SPIDERMAN.
You SPIDERMAN for life. Fowever. I can’t even
buin my suit. It won’t buin. It’s fwame wesistent.
So maybe dat’s youwr pwoblem too, who knows.
Maybe dat’s da whole pwoblem wif evwytin.
Nobody can buin der suits, dey all fwame wesistent.
Who knows?

—James Hall

 

Comments

I didn’t go see Spiderman; sorry to have got your hopes up.

Still, this is a great poem… and I am sad that he no longer writes poetry.

In fact, I prefer his humor to the humorous poetry of billy c.

But Billy Collins sure can sell out a reading.

Speaking of, the first time I heard this poem someone read it to me, and it was memorable at least as much because of that reading as because it’s a good poem.