Michael Barry

True Superheroes

Some people hate these people and curse them but many love the true superhero
Soldiers and police officers and firemen separated by many miles
They are the true American superheroes
Surrounded by problems they create a show of illusions
In the spotlight and behind the scenes,
Making a production that will thrill but still leave mysteries
Keeping an audience entertained and distracted from reality
Making a naïve population safer though their illusion.
The true American superhero puts on a show that saves lives.
A group of normal people expected to be superheroes and super humans
All wanting to do well but held hostage by politician’s politics and policies
A super nation with less than five percent of them superheroes,
A nation that will never know what it is like to not know if you’ll make it home alive,
Or with all your body parts attached.
The true American superhero knows what that’s like
A nation that runs away while they run into the chaos,
The true American superhero runs into the chaos.
Not Superman, not Batman and not a mutant
An average person with super expectations and responsibilities
The true American superhero.


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