Oh, no. Is it heroes you seek?
Then find the one who are wholly on flic,
the ones who get spotlights, the one who make gestures,
The ones who never face really pressures –
Then look in the shadows, their shadows, and find
The ones with forethought, questions, mind.
The Heroes look great. But a wise detective
Will look for the ones who are actually effective,
Often out of the limelight. Usually unsung.
Usually knocked around by life, and stung.
The ones with qualms and uncertainties,
The ones who run when you say, “Freeze!”
The one who compromise, and listen
And don’t ignore their own sins of ommission.
And if the real heroes from Villains are hard to tell:
You’ve found the ones who do,
instead of just sell.