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My True Hero

Updated on November 26, 2015
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First came a block of supple sugar maple

And then the same sized piece of walnut.

Both became an immediate staple

As the toy formed precisely in my mind

.

Carefully choosing gouges and chisels,

Intently and diligently did I aspire

To craft a beautiful animal of Wizards,

Witches, and Warlocks desired.


The long mane would blow in starlit breeze

As he floated purposefully through the air.

A bastion savior in a child’s heroic dreams

On a virtual explosion and a prayer.


He’d save the day with a mighty roar

But as gentle as an antique teddy bear,

And when not in use he’d sit by the drawer

His true importance, mother is unaware.


He’d join me in the dark of the night

Where we’d live by the creed of justice prevails.

We’d stand purely by right, not powerful might

Where humanity can prosper without fail.


Our deeds would be for one and all,

And all for one we would be,

We’d kiss the moon and stars, and Sol

So that each person could remain free.


And twenty-two years passed in my life

Just like a twinkling in the sky.

I’ve passed my companion on to a noble fyfe

Whose honor will more than comply.


And life continues without fear

Due to simple love that will again abound.

Decent life for all will reappear

Because human nature wears that crown.


Begone naysayers and fearful few,

Your propaganda is finally dead.

Your own self worth is misconstrued

If you walk where you’re misled.


Meet your neighbor on equal ground

Smile and shake hands like with any friend.

Good and bad are always found,

So can’t we make amends?

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      Deb Hirt 22 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank YOU, Norma. Poetry tends to hit me, so I have to do it right away or I lose it.

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      Norma Lawrence 22 months ago from California

      Beautiful poem and so true. I loved it. Thanks

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Just call me an emotional sap, KoffeeKlatch Gals! Luckily, I know how to get the point across and I hope that I scare some people into changing their minds about certain things.

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      Susan Haze 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Deb, this is a wonderful poem. All of the love and emotions pour out of it in a lovely stream.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I thought so, Demas. Thanks, as always.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      So many well deserved comments. The love shows through.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Besarian, I have truly missed you, my friend. Glad that you enjoyed this...turnabout is fair play, and we must always strive to do what is right, as well as protect the weak.

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      Besarien 2 years ago

      I love your rocking horse zebra and would have loved him fervently as a child. Mel has already picked out my favorite lines. It is that sense of fair play and doing right by all things we must continue to carry into the world because it does make a difference. Beautiful poem, aviannovice.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Lawrence, it's my little rocking zebra. All children will give him a different name.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Deb

      I love reading about heroes, no matter what shape and size they are! But you never told us the name?

      Loved it

      Lawrence

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Missy! Thanks for saying so. I thought that it was pretty special when I threw it together.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      I know I've commented here already, but I couldn't help but want to read this one again. I think it's the most brilliant poem. It's full of beautiful detail and wonderment.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Audrey. It was done for the season...

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I love prose poetry--beautifully written Deb!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You bet, Suhail! Between El Nino and global warming, this will certainly be an exciting year. Stay tuned.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Deb, thanks for the detailed answer. That some birds are following you reminds me of Lawrence Anthony, the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation from South Africa, who I have recently rediscovered through an old collection of my books.

      All power to you in your adventures to discover new facets of wildlife and reporting them back to us for education.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I always admired Johnny Appleseed, John Muir, JJ Audubon's bird photos(NOT his actions to get them!), Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey. I never had a role model, but being around nature and animals was always my calling. I was always happiest and felt safest around birds and animals. As a rehabber, I was very successful around them, they came to me, recognized my voice, and treated me as an equal. I have seen birds and animals do things that the public doesn't normally seen, as well as take me into their trust. When I volunteered for Tri-State Bird Rescue, I was even told by a worker there that I was shown a sign of respect by geese. Some of these geese even ran to me when other people were trying g to contain them(for their own good). I have been face to face with deer, I have been followed by birds, and I even have a Great Blue Heron that follows me to this day if I don't photograph him. I consider myself very privileged to have been taken in the trust of so many animals in my adventures. I still have many more adventures to come, and so much more work to do for animals.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Just curious, Deb, have you ever met a nature conservationist who you think served as your role model?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank YOU, ChitrangadaSharan.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting story expressed in poetic form--Brilliant and creative!

      Thank you and enjoy your day!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, rdsparrowriter.

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      A cute thoughtful message :) Written well :) You are creative :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Missy, and my hero thanks you, too.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Your poetry is whimsical Aviannovice. I love it! You always give your poems such a unique voice with your choice of words. Beautiful! :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Johan. Thanks.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! Thanks for reading the tale.

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      Johan Smulders 2 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Great work!

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the fact that you've told such an interesting story in the form of a poem and that you've shared such an important message, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Larry! Glad that you think it's all right.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautifully done.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Gypsy Rose Lee.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely and heartwarming poem.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It can be done, Nell, all I would need is the length of your leg!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Now that's a great idea...full size? lol!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nell, I could really make you one...(grin)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Love the poem and the imagery, the imagination of a child, and then real life, on another note I really really wanted a rocking horse as a child, never got one, still feel cheated! lol!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That's right, Jackie, so it makes sense to sometimes take the first step, eh?

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well said Deb and we won't know what our neighbor is if we don't offer that hand in friendship to start!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Dora! Anything goes in the mind of a hero, too, so long may he serve the community of children throughout the centuries.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "And life continues without fear Due to simple love that will again abound." Love and fear do not dwell together and your beautiful lines transmit that message effectively.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Sha! When you're ready to ride, jump on your rocking zebra!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful, Deb! Love the message.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Suhail! There is always something fr everyone.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Beautiful! I have my heroes and heroines, but I need to start following in their footsteps soon.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, manatita! Life is good, but becomes better with your own personal hero.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Told like a story - a cute, charming, loving and touching one, Deb.

      Your last stanza is very powerful, and I really love your rocking Zebra. Excellent!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Frank! It's because the zebra was made with the initial love, that we once had in this country. It can happen yet again.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, swalia, and may you inherit your own rocking zebra!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I love the message.. not forced.. and the poetry format lends it credence.. awesome my friend.. awesome

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      Shaloo Walia 2 years ago from India

      beautiful imagery!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      That can to me in a fever-induced flu dream, can you believe it, truthfornow? I only recall weird dreams. Hope that all is copacetic in your neck of the forest.

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Yes. That is just what we need in this world.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Should I get out the gouges and chisels, Billy, for your rocking zebra? I'll need you leg length...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a love message....you know how much I love your poetry. This made me feel the "warms and fuzzies." :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And provide even more adventures for the new recipient, as well, Diana.

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      Diana L Pierce 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is very nice. A handmade gift passed down through the ages will forever be loved.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Paintdrips. The rocking zebra could be any child's friend.

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Very clever and sweet.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Yes, they were the best adventures, John, with a beloved friend.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This takes me into the mind of a child and all the adventures that await with your faithful toys as companions. Great rocking zebra. Wonderful poem.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Dave! Glad that the message shined through.

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      Dave 2 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Deb, beautiful and magical with , as always , a special message. if only the real world was like this, I wish. Well done love this poetry.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Mel! Not bad for a rocking horse zebra, eh?

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      He’d join me in the dark of the night

      Where we’d live by the creed of justice prevails.

      We’d stand purely by right, not powerful might

      Where humanity can prosper without fail.

      I love those lines. In the sanctuary of our own lives, our little private microcosms of society, justice always prevails without corrupt influence. Great hub!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, Chantelle. This has actually been brewing for a couple of days, but the flu knocked me down a bit.

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      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      That was an awesome poem. You are really talented!

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