Something different from Colleen this week for her poetry prompt. She asks us to create a ‘found poem’ from the following quotes, taken from Longfellow’s A Psalm of Life, chosen by Pat at Thoughts and Entanglements. Alternatively, we can create a syllabic poem using the quotes as inspiration.

“…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…”


(Found poem)

dumb, driven cattle
great men sublime departing
Behind us footprints



(Double etheree)

When the herdsman becomes the predator
Trust is slaughtered by power’s abuse
Blinded by fear are they driven
Stampeding before a whip
Disguised by honeyed words
Enduring silence
Accepting lies
They are led
A voice
Heroes speak
Offer their lives
Fully committed
As guardians of truth
Stand instead of fleeing fear
Honouring those who bought that choice
Equality and independence
Walk humbly in the footsteps of the great

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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40 Responses to Choices

  1. willowdot21 says:

    And so it continues. Both brilliant Sue. 💜

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  2. Léa says:

    What fun. I wrote a “found” poem or one about trying to find something several years ago. Perhaps I should go back and read it again, or maybe write another. In the poem I was searching in a large handbag for a poem… 😉

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    Well done, Sue. I must admit to a bit of confusion, but my brain is on hold this week…

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  4. Your etheree gave me chills, Sue. Such a testament to the times, frightening, hopeful, and full of heroism.


  5. kittysverses says:

    Both are beautiful, Sue. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. memadtwo says:

    That last line is a perfect summation. (K)


  7. Jules says:

    One of the reasons I read at least one good news story every day to find heroes for our time. 🙂

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  8. Sue, your found poetry is perfect! Your double Etheree speaks to the times we live in. Excellent message contrasting the herdsman/predator to the hero. ❤


  9. jazzytower says:

    This is all so powerful, Sue! The found poem worked out really nicely. A great response to the prompt 😊



  10. Vashti Q says:

    Hi, Sue! I had a hard time with this week’s theme. Your double Etheree is fabulous. Lovely picture too. You did great! 😀 xo

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  11. Excellent Sue.. your double etheree really brought it home. xx


  12. jazzytower says:

    Congratulations Sue! I really enjoyed your poems😊



  13. Kudos Sue. Very creative and evocative poems. This might be a fun challenge for me another time.


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