12:26 p.m.

Phoenix, AZ


We are endlessly the heroes of our stories,

It doesn’t seem to matter how tired

We must be getting, or who we’re fighting,

We’ve “fought a million battles, never lost a one,” *

We are Abel, and Jacob, and Abraham,

Never the murderer, tricked, or uncalled,

Noah, Joseph, the children walking out of Egypt,

Not the drowned, the liars, or the Pharaoh,

Defeatedly, the prophets tried to tell us,

And our parents listened and then tried to tell us,

Thousands of voices standing adjacent to our stories,

“The story is true – but that isn’t you,”

We are endlessly the heroes of our own stories,

And out for the blood of naysayers,

Like Christ, pulling out a chair and smiling,

“Come, sit, you poor, tired idiot,”

*Biggest Thing That Man Has Ever Done – Woody Guthrie (1942)

*Cover photo by Aleisha Bear

Published by javenbear

Javen Bear is 25 years old and lives with his beautiful wife Aleisha in Phoenix, Arizona. He's a graduate student in a mental health counseling program at Grand Canyon University where he also works as an admissions representative. Javen’s super-power, if he had one, would be the ability to press pause on the world and catch up on reading. He enjoys talking walks with his wife, playing guitar, and always uses Oxford commas.

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