Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Curse of Heroes

We place them high on pedestals
tilt back our heads to watch
then gawk without pause

We craft a new mythology
borrowing from the best of the past
projecting our fondest trust

You think your job is stressful?

We get distracted by hero wannabes
mavericks drawn to costumes and perks
but not sacrifices and deeds

That we still have any heroes left
provides hope

~ J. D. Mackenzie

(inspired by Jessica's NaPoWriMo Day 20 prompt, Heroes)


  1. Nicely done, J.D. I like the thoughts that went into this.

  2. good one JD..enjoyed your words and thanks for sharing

  3. Once upon a time our worship was unquestioning and well founded. I don't think our hope has changed but the heroes are no longer quite so self-sacrificing.

  4. Hero is a term now applied to celebs and in some cases idiots. Just recently in Tasmania a an 18 year old army solo pilot crashed his light plane into a highway because he turned his engine off (mid flight) inadvertently. He pushed the plane to the side of the road to avoid cars colliding with it and was labelled as a 'hero' for 'his quick thinking?'

  5. Rallentanda, you nailed this phenomenon with a timely example. My use of the un-poetic term wannabe was deliberate here, there are those who appear to want this appelation but don't even know what it means. Being in the news does not make one a hero any more than wearing underwear makes one an underwear model.