When A Hero

When a hero falls from grace,

all the fairy tales are exposed.

Tears become your make-up

and silence is your words.

But you were an anchor

in this life that is the storm.


When a hero says goodbye,

the greatest pain is uncovered.

You question your tomorrow

and out loud the heavens cry.

But you are still the anchor

in this storm that was your battle.


When a hero becomes a memory,

the stars grow in numbers.

We’re reminded of the struggle

and how you found a way out of depth.

But you’ll forever be our anchor

that keeps us grounded in the storm.


© Ilka Steyn, 2018. All rights reserved.


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