my dear old friend who
dresses like a bat.
how long does it take
to get into that?
what happens if you forget and
first put on the mask?
do you get snagged on the ears
of your dainty hat?

you criminal mastermind.
you devious fiend.
you feign law enforcement
but you’re so deceived.
a man who only keeps his rules,
you’re just like me.
a detriment to order,
and Gotham’s sanity.

so hide behind a mask but
i’ve thrown off my hood.
thought my jokes were bad
but they’re pretty good.
you’d laugh with me
if only you understood
that rules are worms
in rotting wood.

-m.p. 12/08/2016