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He stands before the horizon

In the quiet of the dark

His sword lies within the sheath.

Like the faith pounding within his heart

Many have come before him,

and faced the same enemy beyond the valley.

But the greatest of them all lies within

Swirling in the place where all battles are won or lost.

Before him lies a battle with an enemy in the flesh,

within himself rages a war of epic proportions

Where he squares off with the single greatest adversary he’s ever faced.

The same face he’s seen in the mirror everyday

Within us all lies the heart of a soldier

but not all of us are born as warriors.

This man is the least likely of them all

He wasn’t trained as a Spartan

nor was he equipped with the best weapons.

Neither is he the most imposing

All he has is courage within.

He takes one look at the enemy

they are imposing, many, fearsome and tall.

He takes a look back:

he sees the people he’s fighting for.

So as dawn breaks,

he puts on his breastplate

Next came his greaves and boots

Then came the vambraces,

and he puts on his helmet.

He lifts up his broad and sturdy shield

To defend an even hardier man from the enemy’s blows.

Finally he draws his sword: Long, sharp, shiny and deadly.

To smite and slash the enemy to the bones.

The enemy mocks at him:

“Look at him!!!” “What a loser!!

“we’re gonna cut him down like hot knife through butter!!”

But in his heart of hearts. He knows it doesn’t matter

With a thunderous blow of the horn,

the warrior roars his battle cry:

With faith, courage and strength.

he punches his shield to the sky, slams his sword against it

As the valley starts to echo his roar and the slams of his sword

The enemy begin to quiver in their feet:

“weren’t there only one of them?”

‘How can one man’s roar echo like the thousands??’

One last look at the people he’s fighting for,

in their minds he is their hero.

But no

in his mind. He faces the enemy for them

It is their faith in him that drives him

Because of their belief, he can shake mountains

cast down mighty armies.

And for that, he will lay down his life for them

Without them, he is nothing.

It is clear without a shadow of doubt.

Those behind him are his heroes.

Now he looks forward, shield in his left, sword on his right.

He charges forth, not for glory, not for victory.

But for his people.

The very same men who’ve faced off the same battles: and won.

Real or imaginary-

And are still winning.


Prince Hector of Troy


Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

Steven Gerrard

Jake Sully

The Master Chief – John 117

They have faced overwhelming odds. And they’ve won, not necessarily in the absolute where it can be counted. They’ve won a place in the hearts and minds of many: Those fighting the same battles daily in their lives.

Theses men are heroes in their eyes. But in these men’s lives their heroes are the very people, causes and beliefs they fought for.

David-The Kingdom of Israel

He faced off Goliath

Prince Hector- The doomed city of Troy

The only man to stand against Achilles. The pillar of his nation

Aragorn-The free Peoples of Middle Earth

He faced the hordes of sauron

Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg-The Jews and the people oppressed by the Nazis

The man who stood up to Hitler

Steven Gerrard-Liverpool Football Club

The captain whom keeps going despite being 3-0 down against the best club team in the world at the time in the greatest stage of all

Jake Sully-The Na’vi

He fought for his adopted Peoples against the tyranny of his own race

Master Chief-The human race

The only soldier who keeps fighting against an innumerable enemy, and becoming the deadliest enemy the covenant has ever faced

They are his inspirations.

This warrior writes, and confesses in his heart, that many are the people who are with him, the very ones who lift him up when he is down, believed in him when nobody else would. Cheered him on when everybody else jeered. With them by his side, they form the majority.

They are his heroes.

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