There shouldn’t have to be heroes 

There shouldn’t be a need for them 

There should just be beautiful people

living out their beautiful lives

without need of



allies or

human shields 


There shouldn’t have to be

moments that create heroes at

The Stonewall

at Pulse

at Club Q 

There should be only acceptance

and laughter

and tears of joy 

Of joy 


In our nightmares

heroes are discovered 

In our dreams

heroes are no longer required 


Mothers shouldn’t have to

identify their children by the

tattoos on their skin

but by the smiles that disappear

into shoulders

from hugs that last so long

maybe you forgot how to breathe

when you could still breathe 

When they could still breathe



  1. Dani says:

    Yeah…this! Well said.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kel says:

    I wish heroes were only in the make believe.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Liz Ward says:

    Beautiful. And so true.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I wish we didn’t need heroes. But I’m glad we have them.

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  5. Sometimes this world breaks my heart … other times it shatters. Then I remember that death is nothing like what I was told. Sometimes the knowledge of so much more is all that keeps me here.

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