The Sidekick

Can the hero become the writer?

No he cannot, brooding boy

For the hero has to play his part. He has to be the hero. He can act and do and go.

The writer is the sidekick – the one who observes, who sits in cars in April nights, waiting for the hero, waiting for him to drive them out of oblivion.

He tells the hero that the bay is clear, that there is no danger, Ameya, and you can walk out, winning the mission, jumping the roof in the ecstasy of your heroic being.

The sidekick is the one who tells the tale, making men gleam in sheer joy in hotel parking lots.

He is the one who cherishes the past, reminiscing stories and incidents that happened, when the hero and the folks wish to reminisce. He is omnipotent. Present everywhere, recording every move, putting his crude equations of right and wrong and good and bad to test.

He evaluates. He understands. He improvises.

He filters the necessary, letting the dark matter of insignificance wash down the drain.

He walks when he is drawn to walk by the irresistible aura of his best friend, the hero.

He smiles and shakes his head and bends down on the coffee table to write what he understands – to justify the hero’s deeds, to justify his absolute, entire being.

‘He sings and is known through centuries with different names – a bard, a poet and a playwright and a writer.

He is questioned for the obscurity of the hero while the hero sits and listens in silence.

He is the absolute proof of what happened there and it is his word that the listener chooses to have.

For he may not be the hero, and may never have the mettle to be one,

But without a sidekick, every hero ever, would be left unsung.

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Why is it that you refuse to look

beyond this field, across the brook?

 

Why does the beauty of this field

satisfy you, when beyond, the world has a spectacular yield?

 

What is so special here

that you would not get there?

 

Why, when there are places full of kicks and fun,

are you looking but only at one?

 

Is it the bonds that you hate to break?

Is it why you put experiencing the vastness at stake?

 

Broaden your vision and for once, see

all that there is, all that you can be.

 

You can chain yourself tomorrow if wish

but look at the creeks today, is that would you want to miss?

 

Why shackle yourself to four walls and one dome,

When there awaits an entire world you can call home?