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Did you know a Storm Trooper Red Eye
has higher mechanical skills
than battle skills?
Did you know an Imperial Storm Trooper
has higher leadership skills
Flanked by shelves of Jedi
a weekend houseguest
channels Joseph Campbell, says
out loud, in the snug dark
What about the Non-Hero’s journey?
Alongside the call to adventure
are the other calls.
And someone appears at the right time:
the enemy with a thousand faces
the mentor with a thousand faces
the waitress with a thousand faces.
The Hero doesn’t get
through anything alone.
All creators worth their salt know this.
Copyright 2021 Katy Giebenhain. First published in Glasgow Review of Books.
Katy Giebenhain currently lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Her collection of poems Sharps Cabaret (Mercer University Press, 2017) won the Adrienne Bond Poetry Award.