Carry on Tuesday: Hero's Journey

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Hero's Journey

This is what I wanted: a hero

someone to help me
put out the little fires
that crop up around a life

I got: you

teaching me arson
fueling flames that licked my skin
singed my ideals
consumed and scattered them
like glowing embers across a sooty sky

This is what I wanted: a warrior

someone on my side
someone at my back through life's battles

I got: you

teaching me to sow conflict
to beat the plowshare to sword
to embrace its glittering blade
like a woman sheathes her lover
turning submission to power

This is what I wanted: a savior

someone to pull me up
when life overwhelmed
someone to keep me afloat
when I was too tired to go on

I got: abandoned

dropped in the blackest sea
sucked into the depths of depression
left to sink or swim in my own tears
to claw my way back from the shipwreck
of all I dreamed you'd be

This is what I wanted: you to be my hero

I got: the hero in me

I wrote this in response to the Carry On Tuesday prompt:

"Welcome to Carry On Tuesday. Our prompt this week is the opening lines of the Charles Dickens tale David Copperfield.

Whether I shall turn out to be
the hero of my own life......

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  1. What a powerful piece of poetry. Finding the hero in self can truly bridge those dark periods when all else fails.

  2. This is powerful and deep felt. Excellent.

  3. Incredible poem, Nara. Nice job!!

  4. A powerful piece of poem - I love the style and format as well as the words that spell much of many lives!

  5. I really like this. It highlights the importance of being responsible for our own well-being and happiness. How many of us rely on others for a sense of fulfilment? Very well written.


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