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Wonder Woman Poem Explained…
October 23, 2017 By Brett Jett
If you’ve been keeping up with this website’s Wonder Woman stuff, you’d probably remember a WW poem I released a while back. And a few years before that, I had shared it on various message boards. Ever since then, there have been several fans who didn’t really understand my poem…even rudely scoffing at it as nonsensical. Which is hard for me to believe that a bunch of devoted WW fans can’t decipher the themes inherent in the poem that are the same themes they’d find in the comic books!
So, whether you’re into prose or poetry, I aim to provide a full explanation so there’ll never again be any confusion over what this poem was saying. However, the poem may have other meanings beyond the ones I’m about to provide. Such is the nature of poetry…especially one involving a mythological character. But…if you want to maintain that sense of mystery surrounding the poem, or remain in ignorance, then don’t read on, for there are “spoilers” ahead!…….
First of all, you should know that I’m not usually a poet. In my real life career as a writer/author, I deal in non- fictional prose, through and through. In fact, if my colleagues knew I was online secretly dealing in the fictional character WW, they’d stop taking me seriously! So I used what little I knew of poetry to make up for my lack of experience writing it. I structured the poem in “RADAR” metrics, which is to say: A certain number of syllables for the first two verses, then more syllable for the next two and so on. Then after reaching the middle of the poem, the number of syllables gradually decrease back to the original number as the poem progresses to the end. Kind of like the flow of a proper story. And in this storied structure are different “flurries”, groups of related verses, each of which express a separate topic.
The word expressions.
So with that pyramid structure, it makes for some interesting expressions about WW! The title of the poem sets the intention of the poem, which is to explore the sense of why Diana, or Wonder Woman, or Angel, or whatever you want to call her (THAT woman), is in fact “The One”. Her creator Dr. William Marston originally created/chose her as the champion Amazon, a sole symbolic rallying point to his real life “love leaders”. And quite often, part of being a chosen champion (or, “The One”) entails being a special person with qualities that very few people have, but that one would hope to inspire in others.
￼Booms down from the skies
￼Detecting all lies
This was describing WW as a being whose entrance into this world was like a crash of thunder from above. Which is exactly how her creator described it in his comics. But also, in a literal fashion, she has been shown many times in her saga either jumping down or swooping down from high above in her invisible plane to save someone…such as Batman (again!). And of course, she’s well known for detecting lies. This is NOT a reference to the Magic Lasso, which is really a submission tool rather than a detector of any sort. WW uses an actual lie detector with expert skill (like Dr. Marston) in her role as Diana Prince the assistant spy catcher. But also, WW is a very smart woman with super senses and sensitivity. Someone with such abilities would have little difficulty determining if someone is lying to them. She is a hunter!
￼Shows up here and there
￼Just out of thin air
￼Treating people fair
￼For she’ll always care
What few people know (due to subsequent writers totally missing this aspect of the character and writing it out of continuity) is that WW was originally depicted being something of an elusive angel that appears out of nowhere, helps people, then disappears…And this was long before Lynda Carter’s version. In-story-wise, not every person believed that such a woman even existed, much less her seemingly outrageous mythological background. Unlike Superman, her whole existence and the truth about her were more of a whispered rumor or mythic legend rather than a well-known fact. In that regard, she was like Batman and his urban myth status, but in an angelic light rather than a demonic one. Like Superman, in-story people didn’t know she had a secret identity. Slipping in and out of it gave her one more way of appearing as if out of thin air…in addition to being inside her invisible plane. But wherever she appears, and whenever, she’s the kind of person who will always care, and thus treat people fairly.
Is it true what they say?
This part of the poem commences this flurry of verses that deal with a few controversies and gossip in the real world surrounding WW. And so, the number of syllables per verse are reaching their peak, just as indicative of the ‘conflict’ part of a story.
That she’s ever so gay?
This can be interpreted as referring to how stuffy or overly cheery people think the character to be, and that it makes her annoyingly unattractive. It can also be interpreted as being about her suspected lesbian status.
Is she really from Hades?
￼And fights just for the ladies?
This deals with other controversial aspects of her subsequent incarnations…such as her reputation as a Xena type, savage killer warrior, akin to a Classical Amazon…as well as being this Femi-Nazi bitch whose mission in life is to defend only females and crap all over the guys…and possibly to seek lesbian love, totally spurning Steve Trevor. Hence the figurative question of her possible “Hades” origin. All of which came as a result of subsequent writer [mis] interpretation and some feminists or newbie fans seeing her that way. These verses are in question form, because it challenges those notions as possibly being distorted.
And so in the next flurry, I answer it all by setting the record straight, giving readers the truth about her…which is to say that her mission involves justice. Defending only women would not be justice. And—as reflective of her core theme—that she uses BOTH her super strength and her humane sense of agape when tackling her mission:
No, she fights for what’s right
￼Using her love and might
Then using the moment of revealing the truth about her, I answer the question of her false Hades origin as if it were literal (as well as making the point that unlike Superman she’s an Earthly being), so that I could slyly slide into the topic of a more recent controversy over her birth origins being changed in the New52 incarnation onward. Fans are in dispute as to which version is more true to her origin:
￼She actually came from Earth
￼Love was the route (root) of her birth
I settle that controversy by stating (with a play on one key word) that the only element that makes her birth origin “true” is also the common denominator between the two versions…and that is LOVE. Love has the power of creation. Whether that’s Zeus making love with Hippolyte, or Zeus loving his Amazons so much that he copulated with Hippolyte to leave them with a special child as a weapon against Ares, or Hippolyte sculpting a clay child out of love before the goddess of love breathed life into it. In all these cases, the in-story ROUTE of how Diana physically came into the world was the result of love…and thus sublimely, love was at the ROOT of her creation, overall.
Inspiring more love
￼Turning hawks to doves
As true WW fans know, since she came from love and was raised with it all around her, it tends to tip the influence scales toward her naturally becoming a loving person in the end when she grows up. And so, these verses, of course, refer to her well known M.O. of inducing a sense of humanity in her once-brutal foes. Some villains take more work than others to turn. Like how she turned Paula Von Gunther, who eventually became WW’s ally. Or the first time she turned Cheetah by persuading her to do beautiful things with her artistic talents. Of course in Cheetah’s case, it was only temporary and WW needed to do more work on her before it was interrupted by a mass prisoner breakout…and that’s where Dr. Marston’s “Cheetah storyline” left off before he passed away. Which spiritually leaves it up to future writers to create appropriate stories between those two characters that continue that saga and stay true to the original WW spirit, rather than Dr. Marston spoon feeding us any further.
Shining like the sun
￼Defeating the gun
Promoting more fun
￼For she is the One
I originally wrote it, “Welcoming the sun”, which is a descriptive of her inner hope. As someone who’s on a mission to help save our world, she envisions a better world that’s now in the “night” phase of its evolution where the ways of Ares are dominant. So she would be welcoming of a better age of humanity, the dawn of a peaceful and loving world, the Age of Aquarius. But then I thought it was a bit much, since the other verses pretty much send a similar message and it overkills. So I needed to balance the poem by changing it to “Shining like the sun”, which describes Dr. Marston’s intention of making her the shining star of the mythos, hence the star on her tiara and him initially developing her as a character, much to the neglect of the supporting characters.
Defeating the gun obviously refers to her bullets & bracelets routine. But when she’s not fighting a badguy, she does social-humanitarian work, such as the Fun Foundation that was her initial depicted effort, or just playing “tie- me-up” with a kid, all to promote fun, which is what Dr. Marston advised people to have as part of a happy existence.
The last line in that particular flurry sort of wraps it all up by giving the reason for the existence of all these descriptions in WW. Thus, supporting the claim of this poem’s title.
And indeed, she is…
￼She is the One!
(Now cue the “#1 Da Woman” song by Tricky!…..)
To get a copy of this poem (or any other Wonder Woman pieces of mine, ie. the “Who Is Wonder Woman?” manuscript), download this main hub sheet filled with all the proper links and get access to it all…….. http://www.mediafire.com/file/p2guydaa0wal2n9/Marstonian+WW+PORTAL.pdf
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