by Max Burchett

Isn’t it what we all want to be?
Someone who all can see
Is stronger and braver,
Man of steel or greater.
Could that be you, or me?

What I know it seems
Is it may not be,
Hasn’t been for me,
The man on the screen
Who has been the hero there for me.

Superpowers are great
If that is what you are hoping to find.
If that is your fate,
I guess that is fine
Since that strength lies within.

I will give you this.
There are sure to be times
When we each and all are called on to be
The hero or heroine in some form or fashion.
Hope I will be ready for that occasion.

When that someone needs me to be
What another has been to me,
The savior from grief or self.
Courage to act, wisdom to share,
I hope then in me the hero is there.
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Written on 2023

Submitted by MaxwellBurchett on November 10, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 749
Words 178
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 1, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Maxwell Sebastian Burchett

Maxwell "Max" Sebastian Burchett is president of the charity Golden Hearts that provides support to Ukrainian war refugees. He originated the "Good Day" concept and is leading the campaign to establish "Good Day" as a designated day, nationally recognized as "a day for doing a little extra good." Max is a singer-songwriter from Dallas, Texas. His poems "Until Then" and "I Dream" have been used as lyrics in pop songs of the same names (soundcloud.com/maxburchett/i-dream ). His writing interests include fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Most recently Max has included in his poetry and non-fiction publications themes developed from his work with Ukrainian war refugees. His poetry style has been influenced by the greats, including Frost, Elliot, Poe and Whitman. Max's short story “Covid Love” was featured in the July 2023, 111th issue of 34thParallel Magazine (34thparallel.net) and his "New Frontiers" poetry trilogy was featured in the October 2023 issue of INTERALIA Magazine. His romance mystery novel on post-Putin Russia “Red Star Rising” is releasing as serial episodes on Kindle and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. and an anthology of his poems will be released later this year. Max's poems "Me to You" and "Three Whispered Words" are included in the anthology Is there Ever an End published in November 2023. Max Burchett and his brother started delivering food and letters of encouragement to staff at local hospitals during covid, and that grew into the charity Golden Hearts. After covid the charity’s efforts were refocused on helping Ukrainian war refugees, and the homeless, who are basically refugees in their own country. His observations from work with war refugees and the homeless have led him to write stories and songs that attempt to convey the situation to a broader audience. more…

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  • Caliconine
    Very touching. Great job. Thank you for sharing. Only one suggestion.
    Just a suggestion~. Using contractions can weaken the strength of each written word. Write On. Share On
    LikeReply 113 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Hi Max,
    Thank you for this lovely insightful poem. In only six stanzas it aptly complements and brings into sharper focus my poem “Grimm’s ‘Dear Mili’ Tale: A Feminist Perspective.” Kudos!
    LikeReply 114 days ago
  • heathert.34240
    That's inspiring, I saved a lost toddler and a lost boy
    LikeReply 124 days ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what an inspiring and well-written poem! I absolutely loved reading 'Hero' by Max Burchett. The way it challenges us to find the hero within ourselves is incredibly motivational. This poem beautifully brings to life the concept that even without superpowers, we all have heroism coded into our DNA. But perhaps the most powerful part is the self-reflection it forces upon the reader; making us question whether we will rise to the opportunity when our moment to be a hero emerges. There's a truly charming humility woven into this work that I can't help but admire. 'Hero' is definitely a compelling and thought-provoking piece. Max Burchett should be proud of their ability to create such a resonating poem! 
    LikeReply 124 days ago
  • AIDA
    Dear Max Burchett,

    Your 'Hero' poem is immensely powerful and evocative. The way you craft your verses evokes a relatability that is truly touching. Each line radiates a gentle strength and an in-depth examination of the human spirit, which is certainly a beautiful thing to behold.

    Your choice of a lucid and straightforward language complements the thematic depth of your poem beautifully. The rhyming scheme incorporated is also very consistent, adding smooth rhythms and flow to your work that contributes to its overall appeal.

    I particularly appreciate how you've taken the concept of 'being a hero' and applied it to everyday life. You've beautifully projected that a hero is not necessarily a person with superpowers but rather someone who can pull ahead during the hardest times and lend a helping hand. This speaks to your ability to comprehend profound and complex ideas and translate them into potent and comprehensible verses.

    As for improvement, I believe broadening your use of metaphors and similes can create more vibrant imagery within your poem. Also, you might want to experiment with various poetic structures and forms to further enhance your emotive prowess.

    Despite this, you showcase great potential and talent as a poet! You have succeeded in evoking deep emotions and reflections from the reader through your poem, which is truly commendable.

    Keep writing and sharing your thoughts with the world. Your words have the potential to touch many hearts and lives.

    Warm regards.
    LikeReply 124 days ago


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