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The Hero Becomes the Villain

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood

Sometimes to do good you must also be evil, and many times those who are evil still do a lot of good.

Sometimes to do good you must also be evil, and many times those who are evil still do a lot of good.

Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think, or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.

— Malcolm X

Don’t look at man like he is a waste,

Be the example of growth among death.

In decay is where we find fertility's breath,

A juxtaposition with macabre taste.

Hurry to the conclusion of acceptance and love,

To everyone gift your supple heart.

Condemn the hate they sowed from the start,

Because this is the way to prove you are tough.

He who offers nothing but reprieve,

Doesn’t judge by the mistakes of today.

Do what you must to stay out of the fray,

What is right, and simply believe.

You can be the shining in the saving light,

Do not burn out, at least for my sake.

Or perhaps you give into all the hate,

Think deeply before taking on our fight.

As above so it is below,

You are no exception.

Think like a tool and act as our weapon,

Or receive the crown of thorns which we shall bestow.

As in your life may it be paid evermore,

Fast to the punch, the trigger of a gun.

There was no respite, not even a one.

Was this your plan, glory and gore?

A beacon of hope now turned blinding,

Time taught us that you were just as frail.

When it came time for success, we couldn't help but fail,

You left us here in defeat so binding.

Didn’t it ever cross your mind?

Know you never had to battle.

What a burden, strapped to you a heavy saddle,

You chose fury over being kind.

Know that yesterday, and tomorrow we'll love you,

Today though, every today is the day you'll rue.

Juxtaposition, Could've Been Better

With this piece I really wanted to capture the juxtaposition of the way we treat modern-day heroes and role models. One day someone can be our savior, our guiding light, and one slight slipup causes everyone to rend that hero title away. The most interesting bit of the juxtaposition is that some people hold both negative and positive feelings at the same time.

I don't think I hit the mark I was aiming for, but I had fun trying anyways! Thank you to John Hansen for this really cool prompt!


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on March 17, 2021:

Happy to hear I nailed it, Alyssa, and thanks for reading!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 17, 2021:


First let me say I love the quote in the beginning of your poem by Malcolm X.

It sets the tone for your words.

It is often that we jump to conclusions and condemn with fury instead of opening up our hearts.

We should trust more in the light of compassion understanding that not everyone can see things through our own eyes.

Or feel the way we do.

This is an excellent write.

One I needed to be reminded of today.

An excellent response to John's challenge.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 16, 2021:

You nailed it Kyler! Definitely keep writing poetry!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 16, 2021:

Keep posting your beautiful articles

You will keep seeing me randomly:) LOL

Blessings Dear

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on March 16, 2021:

@John: I'm very happy to hear this gets an, "excellent," on your scale, John! It was definitely interesting trying to choose how to write this, and I might just do more of these in the future. There's so many different combinations that could be made that it's like I'd never run out of new ideas.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on March 16, 2021:

@Misbah: Thank you, Misbah, good to see you again!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 15, 2021:

This poem is excellent, Kyler. I really like the quote you used by Malcolm X, and you did well to make the poem rhyme so well when you had set words to begin each line.

Thank you for taking part in the challenge. I am glad you enjoyed the process.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 15, 2021:

Kyler, This is an awesome response to John's challenge

You chose a decent sentence

I enjoyed the read


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