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Fallen Heroes

by Jason Ray Morton 11 days ago in social commentary
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By: J.M.

WClarke, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A call rings out

that's meant only for some

and they're the ones with no doubt

or fear as they do what needs done.

Their hearts beat fast

and their adrenaline surges,

never fearing this call's their last

running is not an option, nor even an urge.

It's the cry for help driving them to rush through the crowd

and it's something they do with zeal and pride.

Sirens and screams wailing so loud

they'll face dangers and never, ever hide.

They are the first line

holding the beasts at bay

called on by the divine

to fight the monsters every day.

They're more than a number

or a code on the airwaves.

All of them someone to remember

as they swoop in to make the saves.

When one is lost

it's felt by all

because there is an unmeasurable cost

when one's sacrifice means a fall.

They aren't remembered every day

or even given the proper respect

and it's sad to say

but it's not something they expect.

They do it for us

because they've answered a call

to fight what's unjust

and to protect us all.

When they go down

it's felt everywhere

and from town to town

life just doesn't seem fair.

But, remember it's not you that hurts the most

because somewhere there's someone to whom they aren't coming home.

From the mothers and wives, fathers and husbands, to whom they become a ghost,

to children, they hug as they struggle to explain that daddy or mommy are gone.

In the blink of an eye, it can happen to anyone,

and those that run towards it instead of away are a special type.

Not everyone runs into danger, a distinction held by just some,

and those brave ones are an example of the best of us all, and what we could be...

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About the author

Jason Ray Morton

I have always enjoyed writing and exploring new ideas, new beliefs, and the dreams that rattle around inside my head. From the current state of the world to the fantastical ideas of science I've enjoyed exploring them. Time to share them.

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

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    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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    Writing reflected the title & theme

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