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Hero’s Requiem

A Poem to Socially Dead Heroes

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Hero’s Requiem
Photo by Kyle Larivee on Unsplash

This poem is dedicated to everyone who has ever had to bury their hero—even before they’ve died.

I died the day I buried my hero

The biggest part of me thrown in that coffin

Of Tweets and ill-conceived essays

An entire identity stiff and shriveled up

From rigor mortis

My heart aches and mourns

The person I once knew

Tears shed for someone I could be proud of

Someone I no longer recognize

Questioning myself

As much as I question her

Staring in the viewing window

Of that hastily made coffin

A new nail hammered in it day after day

I watch the image staring back at me

And wonder

Did I ever know that person at all?

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About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and beta read as a freelancer for a few years with some published stories and poems of my own. You can learn more about me at thewritersscrapbin.com.

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