Wanda Vanhoy Smith was born in Portland, Oregon. She has had a children's book published by Charles Scribner's Sons. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies including the Northridge Review and Kerf at College of the Redwoods. She reads poetry at Southern California coffee houses. She has been featured at Coffee Cartel, Sacred Grounds, The Ugly Mug, and Borders Bookstore.
SHAZAM At Last
A tall suntanned gentleman enters Shela's
Ancient Cargo Book store and goes directly
to the comic book section and searches through
stacks of old DC comics.
Shela climbs down from a ladder and asks,
"Are you looking for some books in particular?"
He nods, "I need an old Captain Marvel that
has the word SHAZAM on a cover."
The man's dark hair is white at the temples and
his handsome mature face is bronzed by the sun.
He wears a blue wind breaker over a red-and-white
striped cotton shirt, and a navy captain's hat.
The book store owner realizes, with a start, if
Captain America grew older, this could be the
World War II hero.
"Are you a collector," she asks.
"No. I am just a fan. When we were kids, my
older brother read Marvel comics to me.
I love Shazam and decided if I ever
got a boat when I grew up, I would christen it SHAZAM."
"And so is that day here?" she asks.
"Yes, And I want my boat name
rendered exactly in the style of the word I saw in the comic books.
I am looking for a classic SHAZAM to show the
signmaker to paint on the stern on my yacht."
Shela pulls a shabby comic from a well read stack of
DC books that still has bright letters intact and presents
it to the new boat owner saying,
"Regard this SHAZAM as a gift from Joe Simon.
It's a marvelous word, Long may it sail."
Wanda Vanhoy Smith