Heroism, Poetry

Artists and Heroes


An artist is a person who can see a different life,

and they tell us about it.

And it makes us happy to imagine it,

so we like them.


A hero is a person who goes after that different life,

and they do it.

And that requires change,

and it scares us.



4 thoughts on “Artists and Heroes

  1. Artists often speak whimsically, suggestively, passively.

    When people speak with certainty it makes folks uneasy. We equate certainty, conviction and passion with oppression. It doesn’t have to be oppressive but we need to learn how to relate to it without losing ourselves.

    • I really like that perspective. It’s interesting to me. I don’t know that everyone associates certainty or conviction with oppression (though I know you’re heavily involved in the neopagan community, where that mindset seems to be more common) but I do agree that certainty/conviction are uncomfortable for a lot of people. I think it’s because most people like to be in the “middle” and that doesn’t necessarily fit well with strong, passionate convictions.

  2. Kari says:

    I adore this. :) It reminds me of a children’s book I once read– Old Turtle and the Broken Truth, or something like that… have you ever read it? I think you’d like it. Your blog is fantastic.

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