GloPoWriMo Day 19: Heroes

Image: Odysseus, Bewailing the Fate of His Companions, Begs Circe to Restore Them to Their Original Shape. Illustration to Odyssey, John Flaxman, Date: 1793
Image: Odysseus, Bewailing the Fate of His Companions, Begs Circe to Restore Them to Their Original Shape. Illustration to Odyssey, John Flaxman, Date: 1793

A Conversation Over Sliced Roast Beef and Horseradish

Name one, if you can,
and he can’t.
Says he doesn’t know
of any heroes.
Says he doesn’t read those
sort of books, fantasy stuff.
And he looks like a twisted knife
with that analysing smile of his,
the one that always hints of
an approaching melancholy,
and then he says,
No, I can’t name a hero
that’s happy.


Day 19: NaPoWriMo, write a poem beginning with a command and Writers’ Digest “something there or not there“. Image: Odysseus, Bewailing the Fate of His Companions, Begs Circe to Restore Them to Their Original Shape. Illustration to Odyssey, John Flaxman, Date: 1793 ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

19 responses to “GloPoWriMo Day 19: Heroes”

  1. Love it. And the title just put me straight in the mood. It’s like a movie scene. Two people, table, clatter of cutlery and you can almost smell that blooming succulent looking meal. And what is more a conversation! I love the character you delicately portray in this short poem.

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    1. The title is what we had for lunch, leftover Easter roast from Sunday, and the conversation is genuine. He doesn’t read what I write, says he doesn’t like poetry, so I’m safe. 😄

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      1. Ha ha. Mr W isn’t big on poetry although he does try. He enjoys Hobbo’s stuff which I occasionally read him. And the odd one of mine. 🙂

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  2. You’re my hero, Misk. Or heroine? Heroin?
    Whatever. Keep ’em coming, Sister!

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  3. So vivid and fun! Well done, Misky 💕🙂

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    1. Thanks, Harmony.

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  4. Seems familiar… Especially:
    ‘Says he doesn’t read those
    sort of books, fantasy staff’s
    and the analysing smile that ‘always hints of / an approaching melancholy’.
    But I have to agree, I can’t think of any happy heroes.

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    1. … nor can I. Strange, isn’t it.

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  5. I’m surprised he can say anything after a mouthful of horseradish.

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    1. You really do like bland food, don’t you. 👩🏻‍🍳

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      1. It’s more like how loud you like your music

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      2. I used to enjoy the wonderfully subtle taste of roast beef, if that’s what you mean 🤣

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  6. Bravo. 👏🏼👏🏼

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  7. Yes, there is that price they pay.

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  8. Cheeky. He’ll read it you know 😂

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