Where Are The Heroes?

Scott Farrell comments:

Last semester I gave a presentation on knighthood and chivalry for the middle school where this young man was studying. We talked about honor and heroism, and I even went through a knighting ceremony for the students. Now, David is in high school, and he was kind enough to share this poem with readers here — a reminder that the next generation is always watching and absorbing.

A young voice, a high challenge

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Where are the heroes of today?
The leaders, the warriors, the valiant ones.
These are different times, confusing times,
Times of misdirection, traveling away from the light of the sun.
Where is the Robin Hood of today?

Where are the heroes of today?
The leaders, the warriors, the valiant ones.
These are different times, confusing times,
Times of misdirection, traveling away from the light of the sun.
Where is the Robin Hood of today?

For we need him now.
He stole from the rich and gave to the poor,
He did it with guts, with talent, and because he knew it was right.
Look at us today.
A few rich people having more money
Than entire countries.
What do these rich ones do?
They could give the money to these countries,
Give water to the dry, thirsty lives of the people.
But no.
They are taken up by their goal:
Make even more money, amass even more gold
Into their glimmering heap.
Then they curl up on this hoard,
Bask on it while others starve.
We need someone to take this money,
Raid the dragon’s treasure, and return it to those in need.
We need the Robin Hood of today.

Where is the King Arthur of today?
For we need him now.
He and his knights rode across the land, vanquishing evil wherever they found it.
They did it with courage, with honor, and because they knew it was right.
They would help those in trouble, give to those in need.
Look at us now.
Evil runs rampant in the streets, hunger and pain close beside.
Gangs roam the night like clouds of dark fog,
Hurting and killing all whom it touches, even those foolish enough to join with it, to fall within its grasp.
Homeless people starve in alleys, hiding from death any way that they can.
Thieves and criminals run unchecked,
Committing their horrendous tasks willingly,
People who enjoy hurting others.
Where are those who would stop it?
There are people who try, certainly,
But with a limited degree of success.
They are limited by society, by fear, by doubt.
We need knights in shining armor,
To chase away the darkness, fight back against wrong,
We need the King Arthur of today.

There are many things wrong with the world of today.
Poverty and hunger, sickness and war.
But one of the greatest problems is that there are fewer heroes of today.
Who will the bards sing about in the days to come?
We need brave ones to value,
Warriors and leaders to guide us into the days ahead.
Who will lead us? Who will guide us?
We need the heroes of today.

© 2006 David Ford

About the Author: David Ford is a high school freshman in San Diego, California. He is 15 (almost 16), and has enjoyed medieval, Renaissance and Civil War re-enactment for all his life. He grew up listening to tales of knights and honor, and continues to be fascinated by them today.