Idiom for a Hero

The Wallace Stevens poem , Idiom of the Hero, seems so appropriate for today.


I heard two workers say, “This chaos,

Will soon be ended.”


This chaos will not be ended,

The red and the blue house blended,

Not ended, never and never ended,

The weak man mended,


The man that is poor at night



Like the man who is rich and right.

The great men will not be blended…


I am the poorest of all.

I know that I cannot be mended,


Out of the clouds,

Pomp of the air,

By which at least I am befriended.


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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