Wes Thompson

Rookie (Columbus, Ohio)

A Hero Is One Who Falls Asleep With His Shoes On - Poem by Wes Thompson

When dusk dissolves the last shreds of light,
Do heroes lay awake at night?
Or do they dream, brilliant days to come-
With a winning smile, good deeds all done?
Perhaps defeat creeps with them to bed,
As a rusty nail in the back of their head.
Maybe all they wish at night,
Is for dawn to kill their dreamless fright.
Mayhap they do not wish at all,
As full moons unwind and fate befalls.
For surely all taste Fate's stale breath-
No might of man may outlast Death.
All men, no doubt, serve God's demand,
And are wrung like wet socks into Life's thirsty hands.

Comments about A Hero Is One Who Falls Asleep With His Shoes On by Wes Thompson

  • Adeline Foster (10/21/2015 5:44:00 PM)

    Or does life just go on for them the same as we. Read mine - Frustrated Plans -
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  • Rajnish Manga (9/10/2015 10:35:00 PM)

    The title itself says it all 'One Who Falls Asleep With His Shoes On'. Thanks for this amazing poem which also reminds us that 'No might of man may outlast Death'. (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (9/10/2015 7:56:00 PM)

    A well thought out poem. Enjoyed reading it. The flow was amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (9/10/2015 11:30:00 AM)

    Enjoyed your poem about heroes and their vulnerability
    in life. The too have haunting dreams and shadows. Good
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  • Paul Reed (9/10/2015 10:48:00 AM)

    I like this poem very much. The opening line draws you in and then starts you thinking about heroes and their vulnerability. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (9/10/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    A truly outstanding poem, every thrilling exquisite word a worthy 10 (Report) Reply

  • Kinyua Karanja (9/10/2015 7:01:00 AM)

    No might of man may outlast Death. true nice poem (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry (9/10/2015 4:52:00 AM)

    Outstanding Poem. Thoughtful and significant. I've translated this poem into Bengali for our Bangadeshi readers who like to read world poetry in our mother language. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/10/2015 2:37:00 AM)

    Life's thirsty hands. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry (9/10/2015 2:15:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Splendid one. Thanks for the sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (9/10/2015 1:08:00 AM)

    Indeed where is the time time for the hero to dream about anything but to lay down his body on bed and sleep without removing his shoes? (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2008 8:28:00 AM)

    I would say a perfect poem + ingenuity in verses! (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (3/30/2008 5:34:00 AM)

    not really a perfect poem there are lines that show your ingenuity in verses.
    keep on wes.
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  • (3/29/2008 8:15:00 AM)

    What Mr Sands said. t x (Report) Reply

  • (8/1/2007 4:19:00 PM)

    Your language in this poem is so exacte, it paints seuch a picture. It really is a beautiful poem.
    You've really got a great talent, never doubt that.
    Thank you for your words.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 31, 2007

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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