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The Heroes That White Men Don't See
This is the freebie for the July 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from aldersprig, who wanted a poem in honor of Charles Ramsey.  The title is a riff off a famous science fiction story about social invisibility.


The Heroes That White Men Don't See



Charles Ramsey isn't the kind of guy
that most people picture
when somebody says "hero."

He doesn't have the chiseled physique
or the floppy blond hair.
He's slender and dark
and a little scruffy-looking.

Yet he's the one who rescued
three women who had been kidnapped
and imprisoned for years
in a quiet house in an ordinary neighborhood.

Sometimes evil wears a familiar face
and eats barbecued ribs
and listens to salsa music,
and nobody notices for a long time
because it's just so unexpected.

Sometimes courage has keen ears
and a nose for trouble,
going unremarked until suddenly
it's caught in a spotlight.

Being a hero isn't about
having big muscles or a toothpaste smile.
It isn't about the color of your skin
or the amount of money you make.

It's about how you respond
when you hear someone scream for help.

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aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: July 2nd, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*fistpump* Yes!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 2nd, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you liked this.
From: technoshaman Date: July 2nd, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hellyeah. And thanks to several people, I *remember* that name.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2013 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

That's good to hear.
starcat_jewel From: starcat_jewel Date: July 3rd, 2013 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
This is excellent. The ending in particular is very fine.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2013 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm getting some good prompts about ordinary heroes, along with the superhero/supervillain stuff and other speculative prompts. This makes me happy. I want to teach people about different kinds of heroism. Because some people set out to become heroes, like firefighters, but the pros aren't always around when there's an emergency. Then it's up to whoever happens to be there, whether they choose to be a hero or not.
meridian_rose From: meridian_rose Date: July 3rd, 2013 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
"Being a hero [is]
about how you respond
when you hear someone scream for help."

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 3rd, 2013 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you found this so touching.
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