Heroes for Today

William Theophilus Brown acravan.blogspot.com

William Theophilus Brown acravan.blogspot.com

See them run up & down the green field
   grown men dressed up in brilliant colors
   chasing the ball locked in mortal combat
like ancient gladiators on the arena floor
            And Why?
Some out of sheer love for the game
   Others for the glory and the gold ring
   Some for the adulation of the crowds
Others for the seven`figure contract
            Over time
All the heroes on the field will fade or fall
   their faces remembered on trading`cards
   or perhaps hanging on a gymnasium wall
the trophies beaten bodies bruised minds
            The truth?
Yesterday’s statistics will be broken
   by young stars of tomorrow’s game
   Yesterday’s victory will be forgotten
by fans who want their heroes today

“God’s delight is not in the strength of the horse,
      nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;
   but the Lord takes pleasure
      in those who hold him in awe,
      in those who hope in his steadfast love.” Psalm 147:10-11


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to Heroes for Today

  1. the Red Sox just signed a pitcher for $217 million over 7 years – it’s flabbergasting


  2. bwcarey says:

    we remember the few, fine set of words


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