Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Theme Prompt: @SCVincent

Pat R. from last month’s challenge picked this month’s theme. I know this challenge was difficult! Congratulations to everyone who took part. You stepped up and met the challenge head-on! Bravo to you all!

This month’s theme prompt:

“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”


“…Lives of great men all remind us
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time…”


A Psalm of Life


What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist

Here is a link to the full poem:
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

Here are everyone’s links, courtesy of Mr. Linky:

1.Padre6.Sue Vincent11.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Dave Madden7.kittysverses12.Sally Cronin
3.Tina Stewart Brakebill8.Traci Kenworth13.Merril D. Smith
4.joem18b9.Kerfe Roig14.Marsha Ingrao
5.Pat R10.Donna Matthews  

I know many of you thought this was difficult, but it’s all in interpreting Longfellow’s words. This will mean something different to everyone, I’m sure.

For example, Merril D. Smith said, “I did a bit of riffing on Longfellow. “Great men” and his pompous tone just makes me go there.” I loved her interpretation!

Click the link below to read her poem:

Some of you said that you had difficulty with Found Poetry. Wikipedia shares:

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them (a literary equivalent of a collage[1]) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the poem.

The form was popularised by comedian Dave Gorman, who would include a found poem compiled from Internet comments around a topical theme in every episode of his television show Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish.


Sue Vincent shows how she created her found poetry. Click the link below:

It was tough, picking only one poem to highlight. I went with Sue’s poem! Click the link above to stop by and leave her a comment.

Congratulations, Sue Vincent, it’s your turn to pick the theme for July’s theme prompt challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com a week before next month’s challenge.

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Great job by all!

  2. A very interesting group of responses. (K)

  3. Amazing responses and congratulations to Sue.. thanks again Colleen for all the effort that goes into keeping us motivated. ♥

  4. A great job by all and congrats to She. I was with you on that Colleen it was hard to choose😊


  5. So many beautiful responses to this prompt. Well done to everyone who submitted.

  6. Sue’s poem definitely has a theme I can get behind.

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