The Saga of Iron Man and Captain America
a poem by Thor Odinsson
[Translater's note: This poem, found written on scraps of paper in Thor's room in the Avengers' Mansion and posted to the internet by an unknown person, has been translated from the original Old Norse. Every attempt has been made to preserve the original meter.]
Hark and listen to love's legend
how two heroes twins in valor
Iron Man and mighty soldier
came at first to fight together
[There then comes a lengthy prologue that has nothing to do with the rest of the story explaining the history of Namor and the original Human Torch, who were the first two superheroes and who later fought the Nazis together despite being polar opposites. The exact text of this portion of the poem has sadly been lost.
Eventually, after a long accounting of the heroic deeds performed by Iron Man and "the Captain," both together and separately, including a twenty-six line long description of the Captain's battle with Zemo that led to his being encased in ice for decades, and which has also sadly been lost to scholars due to the Avengers' headquarters burning to the ground in 2005 and again in 2013, we come to the passionate declaration of love that concludes the poem.]
Then spoke the star spangled hero:
"Long have I loved in secret
knowing not his name or face.
Lift your helmet heart-beloved
Say your name so I may
know the word written here,"
and touched his chest
with scarlet gloved hand.
"I swear I shall show my love
a thousand ways would you unveil."
naked now before his friend.
Callused hands shield-hardened
mapped the scars scored by shrapnel
stroked his body bent on pleasure
both for lover and beloved.
So the Captain kept his promise.