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!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

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