A Public Service Announcement On Behalf of All Your Heroic Friends – Nicholas Yandell

All your heroes will fail you

No matter how super they are.

Tremendous strength

Endurance and speed

Lapping the limits

Of human capacity

Decisively shattering

Known possibilities

May not be all

It’s cracked up to be.

If great power comes

With great responsibility

Are you sure your heroes

Are up to the task?

It’s exceedingly stressful

Dwelling in the shadow

Of presumed perfection

On the edge of a knife

In that arduous role

Of what you require from them.

All your heroes have weaknesses

Whether you deny it or not

Agonizing in anxiety

Increasingly strained

Inevitably exposing their inability

To become what you’ve decided they are.

In a realm

Of continuous mounting unreasonable demands

Who even needs Kryptonite?

Falling apart
Under duress

Life-altering decisions

In split-second durations

The lingering regret

Of every botched attempt.

All your heroes will burn out.

Like supernovas and falling stars

Succumbing to exhaustion

And escalating frustration,

Always just one step away,

From becoming your villain.

When filters lapse and words spill out

Or absent-minded actions

Falling outside the presence

Of your lofty expectations

Who will actually survive

The inferno of your disappointment?

Desperation can lead

To sinister possibilities

Bitterness has power too

At least for awhile

Devouring anger’s energy

With no satiation

Empty and shriveling up

From lack of love and sustenance.

All your heroes have failed you

Will fail you

Are failing you now

Whether you know it or not

Or don’t want to hear it

Or don’t believe it.

Your heroes will always fall short

So maybe give them a break.

We’re all living
Complicated missions

To this planet

To its people.

Heroes and villains

And all those under

That graphic blue sky

We long for acceptance

Strive to be valued

Including those up there

Tired of their towers

Longing to be seen

As simply human again.

Nicholas Yandell is a composer, who sometimes creates with words instead of sound. In those cases, he usually ends up with fiction and occasionally poetry. He also paints and draws, and often all these activities become combined, because they’re really not all that different from each other, and it’s all just art right?
When not working on creative projects, Nick works as a bookseller at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys being surrounded by a wealth of knowledge, as well as working and interacting with creatively stimulating people. He has a website where he displays his creations; it’s nicholasyandell.com. Check it out!

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