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The world needs lots of super heroes

I’d wanted to be your hero for so long
A special friend that you’d be so proud
for all your family and friends to meet
The world needs lots of super heroes
A fact you seemed to have dismissed

I saw that my many good deeds of

saving kittens
helping old ladies across the street
giving coins to the penniless
standing up on trains giving up my seat
didn’t make the grade on your hero list

Running around the house in my red cape
pretending I could leap and bound
my mother laughing at the absurd sight
of her wee boy frolicking in her red gown
My antics offered no insight in what to do
To find how to be your hero was my quest

Not knowing if my plan would work
After school as fast as schoolboy legs go
Puffing and bleating an out to pasture goat
I ran to the top of the ridge ready to bluff
You were there waiting not at all amused
I read your mind and saw you saw a fool

My plan simple as simple is often best
Suspiciously you eyed me waiting to see
Not believing such a plain boy like me flew
I peered over the drop tasting a bit of sick
ready in the knowledge of my secret net
I stepped up announcing my feat for you

Just as I was about to leap out to fame
You yelled “ Stop that you silly fool!”
My eyes saw tears washing your cheek
Oh what a quandary what should I do?
Stay and perhaps later hear “Told you so”
Either way I knew that it was a real risk
The price your heart as mine on the line

While this internal chatter was going on
I didn’t notice I’d strayed to the edge
My foot slipping over plummeting I went
Your screams echoing loudly in my head
My school pants brown in the color of fear
Pale with fright not my hero making plan
The net to break my fall somehow gone

I needed a hero fast to save my sorry plight
My life ending before me was way too short
Doomed to end my quest in a puddle of flesh
All hope but fading away when you swooped
My eyes bigger than ever with not a word to say
Flying in the skies like a veritable professional
Was you my very own super hero saving the day

© K S Hardy 2010

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  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesover 4 years ago

    awww :) This was great :) I enjoyed reading it. Loved the ending x

  • Hi Christie….glad to read you enjoyed this little skylarking tale :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Cervantes
    Cervantesover 4 years ago

    Oh the heroes we pretend to be…when we are the ones in distress, needing to be saved. xxx

  • Ahh yep good thing we have friends with good secrets me thinks…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • RaOrEmraeh
    RaOrEmraehover 4 years ago

    I love this beyond words!

  • Up up and away with the beyond …cool …xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 4 years ago

    different is so good in your words! xx

  • Hi there Teacup
    different is good for a change….will be trying more this different me thinks..xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • MissingYou
    MissingYouover 4 years ago

    The hero is in you…I like this style always good to try something different to stir up the creative sparks within:)

  • Hi Robin
    Thanks for noticing the style of this…it is not my usual kind of work and it was really so very enjoyable to pen this one….not sure if I could do another but likely will give it a go……cos me thinks you are so right how it does get the creative spark fired up…in a different way..xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 4 years ago

    I enjoyed this very much. The world is a safer place with you in it. :)

  • LOL …..oh ….you must get to know me better ;O) It could be….ummmm maybe ;>D

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveover 4 years ago

    I always knew you wore your undies on the outside !!!…x

  • LOL ….loved this! You know too much!!

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • sandra .
    sandra .over 4 years ago

    KarenSue doll…hehe, you are so right…i have “been holding out for a hero” too and maybe that hero is ME xx
    YOU are one clever lady and I thankyou
    sandra xx

  • Hi ya Sandra
    Yep …we are the hero we need….and no extra accessories like a red cape is required, well you can wear one if you really want to, I am sure that is not against the super hero rules….xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • BiographyofRed8
    BiographyofRed8over 4 years ago

    this made me smile, it has so much life in it, so much understanding, the world does need more heroes, even when most of the people who are hero’s wouldn’t call themselves that, thank you for making me smile today

  • Just think we already leap with one single bound from one mind to another …..neat huh! x

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • chitrali
    chitraliover 4 years ago

    oh this is simply brilliant…beautiful, tender, heartfelt wisdom and such insight through the eyes and words of a child…:):)…love it..xx chitrali

  • Hi there
    I thank you so much for your very perceptive comment ….I particularly wrote using children for that very reason…xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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