what kind of
hero do
you feel sorry

the warrior in the Iliad
who couldn’t afford a real sword
so fought with a stick
but didn’t hang
around long enough
to be a legend, or
disprove his father
when he argued (a
regular mantra)
“It’s a bad workman
who blames his tools”

or the hero
who had a son

sent him out to battle
totally untrained, unproven
and when his body came back
turned away, justified, that
in his considered opinion
he couldn’t do
anything right
or at least up to
his own perfect standard