Writing 201: Hero(ine)

“Grab your verse by both ends (or hands; your call), like a hero with extra big hair. Week 2 here we go!”

The poetry prompt is “hero” or “heroine.”
The form is “ballad.”
The device is “anaphora/epistrophe.”

Rather than writing about a “hero with extra big hair,” in response to today’s poetry prompt, I’ve chosen to write a ballad honoring the invisible hero within each of us that perseveres through life’s daily struggles.

I didn’t use anaphora, the repetition of words at the beginning of a line, but did use epistrophe by repeating the phrase “persevering every day” at the end of a few lines.

Unsung Heroes

Unsung heroes of every day

facing the

responsibilities of life


Mouths to feed

and bills to pay

warmth, shelter

love to provide


Such small players

in a big world game

persevering every day


Grace be given

fortitude, wisdom

persevering every day


Living life simply

dawn ’til night


Grabbing joy

where it’s found


Persevering every day


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copyright, © Terry Boswell


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