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The Eclectic Pen - To Be a Hero (A Sestina)

By: Laron C. (icepigs)   + 5 more  
Date Submitted: 12/28/2006
Genre: Literature & Fiction » Poetry
Words: 248

  I’ve always dreamt of being a hero
Doing things nobody else would dare.
Alone in my room, I would sit
And in my mind, the fantasy was clear
Governments paying me with gold,
People chanting my name in one voice.

And in the crowd I would hear the voice
Of the beautiful maid in love with this Hero
Her emerald eyes and hair of gold
“Kiss him! Touch him!” her friends would dare
To me, it would be clear
Deep in our heart, our love would sit

But alone in my room, I still sat
The only sound was my own voice
Fantasy would fade and reality would become clear
I’ll never be that Hero
Only in my mind would I dare
I would never strike gold.

I dreamt of jewelry made of gold
And people to serve me where I sit
Let me dream, if I dare
Of the soft lilting voice
The woman who calls me Hero
The love in her eyes is clear

I grew up and my vision cleared
And I no longer dreamt of gold
I didn’t want to be that hero
That I invented as a child when I sat
Fantasy shattered the first time I heard that voice
Gasping for air as her little lungs would dare

To be a father, I did dare
My purpose in life is clear
I now sing lullabies in a soft voice
And brush her hair of gold
And in my lap she sits
As I read stories about heroes

And she dared to wrap my heart in gold
Her eyes, once clear, droops as she falls asleep where we sit
She smiles and in her small voice says, “Daddy, you’re my hero.”

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Andrew B. (armchairexplorer) - 12/28/2006 5:10 PM ET
This poem expresses clearly thoughts and emotion that usually go unspoken even in the inner voice. Laron has succeeded in evoking the pride and appreciation that passes between a father and daughter. A fine writing. Thank you for the offering.
Valli - 12/28/2006 5:45 PM ET
Brought tears to my eyes... Bravo!
Leeankh - 12/29/2006 4:03 PM ET
Since I've written a sestina before, I know the work that goes into a poem of this form. Excellent work. I really enjoyed it. :)
Robin S. (spiveyrobin) - 12/29/2006 9:26 PM ET
This is beautiful. Hoping there is more work like this from you to come..
Donna C. (darkcoffeeclouds) - 12/29/2006 11:45 PM ET
That is beautiful!
Kathleen E. - 12/30/2006 9:22 AM ET
Absolutely touching and utterly marvelous. Thank you for being willing to express your heart in your poetry.
Claudia (BrokenWing) - 2/3/2007 7:55 PM ET
How very sweet. I hope you save this for your daughter.
Brenda O. (brendabreweroliver) - 6/10/2008 5:15 AM ET
OMG! That was very Beautiful. Brenda O.
Kenjii H. (Daalmonette) - , - 11/30/2009 1:08 PM ET
Since I have tried writing poetry I know it can bring out feelings you keep locked away. Great therapy =D. Very,very beautiful poem. Loved it!
Britt P. - 9/19/2013 12:01 AM ET
Wow, cool!
Selma C. (scoop) - 1/7/2016 8:28 AM ET
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