Heroes in Four

By Cheryl Scheir

I

I’m not really one for heroes 

After a while, you see 

so many 

come and go

You see 

public nobility

obstructing shadowy vices

rising in crisis

falling short in the day-to-day

seemingly giving all

in reality, an investment in one

 

II.

That is me, now--cynical, I guess

But even as a kid, I wasn’t one for heroes

Maybe because girls weren’t

perceived and portrayed 

like they are

now 

We’re in a better place

now

But we can, we will 

go beyond

I hope

 

III.

Listen up, heroes in training

What do you need to do to get where you want to be? 

It’s something like this—

Know your limitations

reflect

embrace

overcome

Get rest when you’re tired

Get up when you’re down

Get up and go

Be gracious in loss

Be humble in victory

Remember the right things

Forget the right things

Press on

Keep on pressing on

Keep on keeping on

Bring others along

Fight the good fight

for them

for you

Tenaciously defend

Strategically offend

Dig deep

Reach far

Stretch up, stretch out 

but be careful not to 

break 

 

IV.

If you break, hero

and you might

Heal up

it’s ok

You’re no good to anybody on the sidelines

Except, you might be

if while you’re there

you take whatever piece of you is still 

good

and reach out with 

the story of you

the offering of understanding

the real

honest to goodness

you 

That shared fellow feeling, alone

though far, far from alone

may just give 

the power 

the lift

necessary 

to enable

flight