A Hero Poem by Robert William Service

A Hero

Rating: 3.1


Three times I had the lust to kill,
To clutch a throat so young and fair,
And squeeze with all my might until
No breath of being lingered there.
Three times I drove the demon out,
Though on my brow was evil sweat. . . .
And yet I know beyond a doubt
He'll get me yet, he'll get me yet.

I know I'm mad, I ought to tell
The doctors, let them care for me,
Confine me in a padded cell
And never, never set me free;
But Oh how cruel that would be!
For I am young - and comely too . . .
Yet dim my demon I can see,
And there is but one thing to do.

Three times I beat the foul fiend back;
The fourth, I know he will prevail,
And so I'll seek the railway track
And lay my head upon the rail,
And sight the dark and distant train,
And hear its thunder louder roll,
Coming to crush my cursed brain . . .
Oh God, have mercy on my soul!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Ella Rose 21 April 2016

so deep and powerful Robert..wonderfully written :) ~ellarose~

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Chinedu Dike 14 January 2017

Beautiful rendition of words to utmost justice.

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Maria Gonzalez 04 August 2015

Very dramatic and imaginative. A nice read.

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Eric Nissani 21 October 2016

I am told that in war that sometimes the most conflicted and dark individuals engage in heroic sacrifices just like this character does. Powerful.

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amelia 04 January 2021

i love how dark this is yet enjoyable too

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Dr Dillip K Swain 03 January 2021

The poet's suicidal stance has it's ground as he contemplates to kill himself in different ways. Finally he surrenders his freedom and will upon the feet of almighty God. A great poem with fathomless philosophocal depth.

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John Yaws 05 December 2020

Amazing! Very dark, yet amazing!

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Liza Sudina 12 October 2020

I love poems with good rhymes! Very strong and religious indeed!

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okokomok 13 May 2020

ok..........................................................

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