Adeline Foster

Rookie - 299 Points (Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

.The Hero Within


Limit yourself to the easy
and the difficult you'll never try.
Easys need live on the fringe of the world
grubbing for nickels and dimes,
Claiming that life has dealt a cruel blow;
crying: the fault is not mine.
Heros need training to do the grand deeds
that earn them a hero's acclaim
It's setting your eye on the hero inside,
knowing you're fair to the game.
Knowing you've got what it takes to be tough
no matter how rough life may be.
I'm a hero, I know it! When my actions show it
it's because I'm a hero to me.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Edited: Thursday, August 23, 2012

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  • Gold Star - 7,944 Points Daniel Brick (3/5/2014 10:51:00 AM)

    I like the trenchant tone of this poem. You won't coddle the whiner and say, There, there, it'll be OK. Instead it's a summons to the quest that you declare. Your poem reminds me of some of the wonderful things Joseph Campbell said to Bill Moyers (and all of us, really) in THE HERO'S ADVENTURE, when he emphasized we are each of us the hero of our own individual life. And like Campbell, you argue convincingly that each of us can find that heroic quality within, the real challenge is to exercise it, bring it out in the open, use it creatively. Thanks for your confidence in us! It's so much better than mere sympathy. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 55 Points John Brown (10/28/2012 11:10:00 AM)

    A magical little poem. I like it very much. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Beth Johnson (7/2/2012 10:05:00 PM)

    Feeling good about yourself is hard these days.I like the fighter in you.I saw you on Theos list, Marvellous! beth (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 15 Points Swetha Vanakayalapati (6/25/2012 1:39:00 PM)

    I'm a hero, I know it! When my actions show it
    it's because I'm a hero to me.

    so true...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 259 Points Joseph Anderson (5/16/2012 12:32:00 PM)

    Great philosophy. Another thought invoking, uplifting and well rendered poem, as I expected.
    Deserving a rating (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Simon Collins (5/13/2012 4:33:00 PM)

    Nice words Adeline, very true, thank you for the inspiration (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 48 Points Joe Foster (5/9/2012 4:11:00 PM)

    has a good message to it. i like it. Read some of mine if you like and tell me what you think. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 933 Points Saadat Tahir (5/8/2012 5:00:00 PM)

    hi dear Adeline...good day
    loved yer lines a fabulous message
    and reminds one of the classical and philosophical sages the time of kings and princes sent to caves and raves for making heroes out of em....
    inadvertently i drifted to my fave homer and loved the message in yer poem
    thanx
    very nice indeed

    blessed be

    sat
    :) (Report) Reply

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