we who would be heroes

there’s a constant shadow

a darkened presence here

a form of some foreboding

a subtle shade of fear

 

life itself feels colder

on ever thinning skin

a sickness, a malaise

is spreading from within

 

tired and defeated

the many seek to cope

with endless empty promises

that fail to bring real hope

 

but fortunate are we

despite how much seems lost

that we may be the heroes

whose stars this time has crossed

 

we whose very flesh and blood

defeated tyranny

their ultimate in sacrifice

the reason we live free

 

we who now inherit

their legacy of will

have an obligation

a duty to fulfill

 

to calm, to aid, to carry

inspire and to lead

to do more than required

for comrades now in need

 

the future’s undecided

but time, it slips away

so we who would be heroes

best show ourselves today

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