Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "A Thousand Faces"

This is the freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "mask" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.

"A Thousand Faces"

There are heroes who work openly
and those who need secret identities
concealed by costumes and masks.

There are heroes who work alone
and those whose strength lies in
teamwork based on integrity,
communication, and trust.

Some become heroes from
a once-in-a-lifetime action, while
others are heroes every day,
just doing their jobs.

Even an ordinary person
can become a hero by doing
an extraordinary thing.

Heroic people take
risks to themselves
to help other folks,
large or small.

It can be as simple
as saying, "Someone
has to do something;
guess I'm someone."

Do not forget
the trickster heroes
who stir trouble with
a stick, but it all comes
right in the end.

Sometimes, heroes
and villains don't even
have incompatible goals,
just incompatible methods.

Then there are the "heroes"
who don't realize that they
are not being heroic.

Sung in song and story
are the Nordic folk heroes --
murderhobos cursed as
other people's villains.

Sometimes people just
get the wrong idea about
what heroes are and do.

Then someone has to say,
"Yes, you're a hero. But
you're also a total tool and
I just don't think that you're
in this for the right reasons."

There are heroes and anti-heroes,
villains and anti-villains, all shades
of white and gray and black.

For every challenge,
there is a hero made
to stand and face it.

This is heroism, and
it's true to the bone.

It isn't a mask.

It is a hero with
a thousand faces;
it is a face with
a thousand heroes.

There is no deception,
only variations on a theme.

Some things are true more than once.

* * *


The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a famous book on the topic of heroic archetypes.

Here are some examples of masculine and feminine hero types. However, any gender can play any role.
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