Wanted Heroes by Rickey Rivers Jr.

We
expect
each other
to be
superhuman.

We want
an idolized
version
of bravery
and strength.

We
befall
expectations
and destroy
each other
in the process.

We
shorten
our
time
here
on Earth.

Guilty
and yet
we feign
ignorance
at the funeral.

Rickey Rivers Jr was born and raised in Alabama. He is a writer and cancer survivor. His work has appeared in Eye Flash Poetry, Neon Mariposa, A Twist in Time Magazine, Peeking Cat Poetry (among other publications). Twitter.com/storiesyoumight / https://storiesyoumightlike.wordpress.com/

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