Heroes in Our Own Life Stories

Heroes, all of us, in our own life stories
Travelers, you and me
A journey, each day to find ourselves
A lifetime to discover what we’ve lost

Reluctant at times
to accept the challenge–
we are to ourselves
or the challenge nonexistent places pose

Lost at times, all of us
Both within and outside ourselves
Adversity, around each corner
Our biggest monsters always within

Romance, laced between footsteps
Too often in love with ourselves, and
forever in love with whatever we seek
Wedded we are, to the myth bringing us here

Lost arks, holy grails, new lands discovered
Apparent destinations, the journey’s end
But even reaching the end–no end in sight
Heroes we become, only when we go beyond

Eventually comes the morning, we awaken
Like the sun, we shine, and
finally see what we’ve lost
Only then, can we go home

Inspired by Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung
and my teacher Jonathan Young

10 thoughts on “Heroes in Our Own Life Stories

  1. Your poem touches me so deeply. In particular, what has been lost. I am present to this journey and appreciating your naming this hero’s journey quest.

  2. Dan: Thanks for ALL your comments. Man you caught up on everything while you were gone. You’re amazing.

    Aurora: Thanks. Glad you enjoyed this one. This is Joseph Campbell stuff. My teacher Jonathan Young worked with Campbell for a time.

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