Prompt: Hero

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from

Please help me finish this poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme, and I will add your entry to this post with your blog link and avatar name. If you don’t see your entry posted within 12 hours, please let me know.

And please try to keep your entry under 16 lines.

If you like an entry, please like it on the writer’s blog as well.  If there are writers who don’t have their entries posted on their blog, please check out some of their other posts. 🙂

I look forward to reading all of your heroic responses!
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Blog: The Unedited Version of Being Single & Christian

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
the love in her heart,
the courage she takes with every step
and the determination of the mind

  – HarleyQ2
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Blog: Spirited Soul

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from

Bravery of the soul
Wanting to take the action
That makes them the star
Through our eyes

  – SpiritedSoul
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Blog: Kevin Barrett’s Blog

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of victory but from

The discipline of preparation
The courage of initiative
The benefit of opportunity and
The acceptance of risk

  – kmabarrett
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Blog: My Poems

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from the capsule trapped
In the bright end of courage that dazzles
On even days when the wind of effort
Cannot move a leaf on a lowly branch
Or fan the embers of a dying flame

A hero is born from countless perseverance
On the timelines of an ambitious crawling plant
That climbs the ageless tower against gravity
It spirals round the voluptuous columns
Guiding itself in the dark, till it stands
Just as tall as the fossilized structure.

A hero is born from nature’s womb
When the call of nature is expressed
In offsprings the of noblest deeds
Even at times when needle and pin pricks
Awaken doldrums that refuse to moult.
A hero is born when courage is expressed
In climbing impossible walls and steeples.

  – Wordcipher
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Blog: Prophetess

A hero is born not from the laurels
of victory but from a heart that knows no lies,
eyes that see only good,
arms that reach out with trust,
and a soul that’s not yet been touched.

  – Eyes of Prophetess
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Blog: Where Lilies Lie

The Hard Coinage of Destruction

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
the hard coinage
Of courage charging into the void
Stoically steadfast where others avoid

A coward is made of the wreaths
Of despair, inertia’s decay of the soul
Destroying what he cannot create
Resenting loss of comforts ingrate

  – hawthornepassage
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Blog: A Realm of Ink

A Hero is born not from the laurels of victory
But from the hopeless ashes of failure and misery
And the cold depths of defeat far from glory’s reach
Where the body has failed but the soul doth beseech
A Hero to go on for all those he holds dear
When the strength of his heart makes his eyes clear
And covered in blood in the face of demise
All weakness of the past in that moment dies
And he fights for a cause far greater than he
In the ashes of defeat a Hero he will be.

  – Helen Cryestira Viorel
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Blog:  Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

Out of Necessity

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
deep necessity,
Each hero’s born in the midst of quarrels
But rises above them to abhor ills,
A sense of justice their actions instill,
There’s no label for their identity;
A hero is born, not from the laurels
Of glory, but from deep necessity.

  – Antonia Sara Zenkevitch
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Blog: Words by Soberflight

Hero (Prompt by Cubby)

A hero is born, not from the laurels of glory,
But from his own righteous heart.
Accolades are not what spur him on,
And fear may slow his start.

To right a wrong or promote a cause,
His sword may be his words or deeds,
For a hero wields, despite his fear,
Whatever weapon he needs.

Though laurels bestowed, and accolades,
It’s not what a hero would seek;
He tries to defend, put right and amend,
In a manner both righteous and meek.

  – soberflight
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Blog: Andy Havens

Who Wants to be Sung About, Anyway?

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
the dull
bloodless stories
scrawled on the walls
of ages-long labors. Stories
more boring
more slow
more common
less told.
Stories so quiet you don’t
hear them unfold.
A hero is born not from the laurels
of glory, but from prints left behind
by old boots and slippers.
A hero walks mutely through
history’s whispers.

  – Andy Havens
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Blog: Alphabet City

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from

the whisper of its embers

  – Chagall
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Blog: The Polaroid

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
the thorns of failure.
A hero serves and acts upon morals,
To fight for a cause be it his or hers.
A hero knows no limit to courage
True heroism if weakened never falls
Or seeks in lowly cowardice the stage;
Can there really be a heroic soul?
I take a look around and wonder so…

  – Armance F.
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Blog: Ckonfab

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from

The thoughts perceived
and the action conceived
When hearts are won
And hatred is shun
Then only a hero is born

  – Shantanu Baruah
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Blog: Rethinking Life

A hero is born not from laurels
Of glory but
from
her vision
and the dreams that gather
in her heart
to keep safe
the beauty that still exists
before men
destroy it all

  – hitandrun1964
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Blog:  A Solipsist’s Solace

Hero (Cubby by Prompt)

A hero is born not from the laurels of glory,
For glory is the domain of tyrants
Whose pens hath penned the entire story
To fulfil certain requirements

A hero’s acts will be forgotten
A hero’s wish will not prevail
A hero leaves a planet rotten
Because a hero’s plot will fail

  – Lucy Fars
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Blog:  The Healing Poet

A hero is born
not from the laurels of glory
but from the acceptance of demise

Knowing he will never walk the parade
See the ribbons, or hear his own story
Yet still steps forward with tenacity in his eyes

A hero is born
Not from the laurels of glory
But by giving his own, to save others lives

  – Joseph
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Blog:  A Wise Woman’s Journey

Hero

A hero is born not from the laurels
of glory but from the Spirit
conceived in one woman’s womb
for the salvation of a fallen world
~ * ~
Born to suffer sorrows and pain
for all of humanity’s transgressions
yet He was despised and not esteemed
He was oppressed and He was afflicted
~ * ~
Yes, this Hero was born to suffer and die
although many would come to believe in Him
but not lay down their lives for Him
to truly love Him more than themselves
~ * ~
Yet this Hero died for us all anyway
and endured the greatest pain ever known
for out of this greatest pain is birthed
the greatest Love of all for broken mankind.
~ * ~
Let us all love others as this Hero has loved us!

  – Born to Suffer and Die
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Blog:  CATNIPMURPHY

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from taking courage to rather be wrong
And look a fool than be right
And to have done nothing

  – catnipmurphy
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Blog:  Crystal and Daisy Mae’s Photo-Blogging Site

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
~~~****~~~
Digging deep inside yourself and
Finding the courage not just to strive
While going for your dreams.
~~~****~~~
Also, finding the courage to pick yourself up and
Dust yourself off and try, try again until you succeed.
Frustration will try to creep in but don’t you let it
Because it will drive you bonkers.
~~~****~~~
Getting to your dreams and goals won’t be easy there
Will so much failure you will want to just up & quit but
Don’t because you’ll regret it when you think of the
What could have been.
~~~****~~~
Failure isn’t a bad thing that happens but a good thing.
Failure is just a stepping stone to get to our
Final destination called dreams and goals.
~~~****~~~
When you finally reach your destination
The result will be you being so glad that
You did not quit because the work to
Get to your goals and dreams was well worth it.
~~~****~~~
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU REACHED YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS!!!!

  – Crystal
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Blog:  The Secret Lantern

Prompted Poem

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from crafters’ modest hands.
Observe the maker in steady silence,
Weaving native branches from ancient lands.
The wreath prepared with flexible patience
Is fitted on the brows of another
To celebrate the maker’s creation
Through their representation by others.

  – Garret
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Blog:  Björn Thegeby’s Translations

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from the quiet choice
to stand again when life’s most cruel blows
have cast you down and left you prone.
Alone,
afraid,
but still you force yourself upright
and face the coming day.

  – thegeby
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Blog:  A Struggling Author

The Real Hero

A hero is not born
From the laurels of glory,
But from the memories
Of those who witnessed the act.

A hero need not have succeeded.
They could have utterly failed.
But their intent must have touched
Those who saw them struggle.

A hero need not have reaped
Any of the fruits of their labour.
But they must have left behind
Something for someone else.

A hero is not born
In tabloids or in public.
They are born in the hearts
Of them who they inspire forever.

Your real hero is not
Someone you admire from afar.
It is someone close
Whose journey you have lived to see.

  – Mia Winhertt
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Blog:  Willow Poetry

Hero

A hero is born not from the laurels
of glory but from courteous respect
successful yet unpretentious
equivalent companion
educates through action
applause others’ feat
compassionate
heart in sync
being
real

© Hélène Vaillant
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Blog:  Seoul Sister

A hero is born not from the laurels of glory
but from the heart that opened with courage
A hero is a choice between fear and love
They’ll choose to fight
wrong against right
Truth vs lies
even to death because
they know the absolute difference.

  – Judy Eun Kyung Kim
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Blog:  The Quippy Queer

The Hero

A hero is born not from the laurels
of victory but from the quiet repose
of a life lived to others’ best vantage,
senses deaf to every accolade,
with noiseless eyes and
strength pooled in wells deep,
trinket nor treasure
ever bends the aim
of nobility.

  – Joel Howard
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Blog:  For the Stars

A hero is born not from the laurels of glory but from the thorns of oppression.
A hero is made not from the glades of goodwill but from the desert of humility.
A hero succeeds not by their perfection but by the lessons of their failure.
Anyone can be a hero.

  – Aanjikwe Writes
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Blog:  ASD and me

A hero is born not from the laurels of glory but from
the pain and suffering of loss.
A hero doesn’t need to lead, but can come from behind, to save the day.

  – ASD and me
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Blog:  Survival Mode

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from
the precious pearls of a deeply felt, untold story…

  – Nika
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Blog:  NobbinBlog

She

A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but
 from the worth of her feats
One who won’t sacrifice her morals
She stands up tall and never retreats

It’s the strength she shows when times are rough
She can still bear the weight of the world
The way her smile glows when she’s being tough
She is a woman, no longer a girl

In a world where she is often oppressed
She takes it and never loses her stride
She won’t allow herself to be suppressed
She carries herself with dignity and pride

It’s the subtly of her touch
As she puts her arms around me
A comfort I need so very much
And takes away my pain heroically

  – Nobbinmaug
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107 thoughts on “Prompt: Hero

  1. Hélène - Willow Poetry January 25, 2019 — 9:48 pm

    This looks like a good start! I will be back.

    1. Please note: if you are doing this prompt, I changed the word “victory” to “glory.” Sorry!

  2. … the love in her heart, the courage she takes with every step and the determination of the mind.

    1. That is just lovely. Thank you for such a beautiful entry. 🙂

      1. You are welcome. I like the challenge 🙂

        1. I’m so glad you liked it! 🙂

  3. Bravery of the soul
    Wanting to take the action
    That makes them the star
    Through our eyes

    1. There is much truth in your words. Love “bravery of the soul.” Great response! 🙂

    2. love the shape of this one, minimal words saying a lot.

  4. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the capsule trapped
    In the bright end of courage that dazzles…

    https://olutomiakinsanyawor.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/prompt-hero/

    1. Your poem has a truly epic feel to it, which befits a poem about a hero. Fabulous response to the challenge. 🙂

  5. A hero is born not from the laurels of victory but from a heart that knows no lies, eyes that see only good, arms that reach out with trust, and a soul that’s not yet been touched.

    1. I love your description of a hero. A truly remarkable being. Excellent response! 🙂

  6. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the hard coinage
    Of courage charging into the void
    Stoically steadfast where others avoid

    A coward is made of the wreaths
    Of despair, inertia’s decay of the soul
    Destroying what he cannot create
    Resenting loss of comforts ingrate

    1. Beautiful rhymes and flow. I love your version of a hero. 🙂

      1. Thanks Cubby. I’ve been finding your prompts great for inspiration.

        1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear. Exactly what I was hoping for. 🙂

    2. Loving the phrase ‘A coward is made from the wreaths
      of dispair’- great poem. Thanks also for liking mine, HawthornPassage 🙂

      1. *despair even, wow, I can’t even spell the word!

        1. just true, that’s all

  7. A Hero is born not from the laurels of victory

    But from the hopeless ashes of failure and misery

    And the cold depths of defeat far from glory’s reach

    Where the body has failed but the soul doth beseech

    A Hero to go on for all those he holds dear

    When the strength of his heart makes his eyes clear

    And covered in blood in the face of demise

    All weakness of the past in that moment dies

    And he fights for a cause far greater than he

    In the ashes of defeat a Hero he will be.

    1. This is truly glorious! Your hero is an epic warrior born from “hopeless ashes of failure and misery.” Really stunning. Bravo! 🙂

    2. powerful.

  8. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from deep necessity,
    Each hero’s born in the midst of quarrels
    But rises above them to abhor ills,
    A sense of justice their actions instill,
    There’s no label for their identity;
    A hero is born, not from the laurels
    Of glory, but from deep necessity.

    Antonia Sara Zenkevitch

    1. Indeed, times of great need are the times when we need a hero the most. Love your perspective. 🙂

      1. Thank-you

  9. Hero (Prompt by Cubby)
    by soberflight
    A hero is born, not from the laurels of glory,

    But from his own righteous heart.

    Accolades are not what spur him on,

    And fear may slow his start.

    To right a wrong or promote a cause,

    His sword may be his words or deeds,

    For a hero wields, despite his fear,

    Whatever weapon he needs.

    Though laurels bestowed, and accolades,

    It’s not what a hero would seek;

    He tries to defend, put right and amend,

    In a manner both righteous and meek.
    https://soberflight.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/hero-prompt-by-cubby/

    1. Thank you for responding to this challenge with your beautiful rhymes. 🙂

  10. But from the thoughts perceived
    and the action conceived
    When a hearts are won
    And hatred is shun
    Then only a hero is born

    1. I love the phrase “when hearts are won.” This is so true of a hero. A hero always wins the heart of the people. Excellent response to the challenge! 🙂

      1. It is my pleasure. Thanks for making me think 🌸🌸

    2. beautiful and true.

  11. Good morning, Cubby! Thanks for another prompt. It’s great to warm the oils first thing in the morning.

    Who Wants to be Sung About, Anyway?

    A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the dull
    bloodless stories
    scrawled on the walls
    of ages-long labors. Stories
    more boring
    more slow
    more common
    less told.
    Stories so quiet you don’t
    hear them unfold.
    A hero is born not from the laurels
    of glory, but from prints left behind
    by old boots and slippers.
    A hero walks mutely through
    history’s whispers.

    1. Love the spin you put on this! What a creative take on this prompt. Thank you for responding to the challenge! 🙂

      1. Well, I’ve been looking forward to coming by and checking out what’s new at your site. It’s a nice way to get going in the morning, and it’s given birth to three poems that otherwise wouldn’t have existed. I’m just glad I found your place.

        1. I’m glad you found my place as well. Your responses to the challenges are splendid. 🙂

  12. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the whisper of its embers —CC

    1. The mystery in your words is tantalizing. Great response to the challenge! 🙂

  13. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the thorns of failure.
    A hero serves and acts upon morals,
    To fight for a cause be it his or hers.

    A hero knows no limit to courage
    True heroism if weakened never falls
    Or seeks in lowly cowardice the stage;
    Can there really be a heroic soul?
    I take a look around and wonder so…

    – Armance F.

    1. Your words make me contemplate if true heroism is possible or not. I would like to believe it is. An excellent, thought-provoking response to the challenge! 🙂

      1. thank you, I would like to believe so too but the students at my high school make it hard not to lose faith in humanity… of course after visiting your blog I can see we are not entirely doomed 🙂

        1. Lol one day those high school students will grow out of their hormones and be the hope of humanity 🙂

  14. A hero is born not from the laurels of glory,
    For glory is the domain of tyrants
    Whose pens hath penned the entire story
    To fulfil certain requirements

    A hero’s acts will be forgotten
    A hero’s wish will not prevail
    A hero leaves a planet rotten
    Because a hero’s plot will fail

    1. Your poem makes me think: Can a hero still be called a hero if they fail? Or is success not necessary to be a hero? Very intriguing perspective. Great response to the challenge! 🙂

  15. A hero is born not from laurels
    Of glory but
    from her vision
    and the dreams that gather
    in her heart
    to keep safe
    the beauty that still exists
    before men
    destroy it all

    1. “the dreams that gather in her heart”
      This phrase is so lovely. Thank you for this wonderfully unique response. 🙂

  16. A hero is born
    not from the laurels of glory
    but from the acceptance of demise

    Knowing he will never walk the parade
    See the ribbons, or hear his own story
    Yet still steps forward with tenacity in his eyes

    A hero is born
    Not from the laurels of glory
    But by giving his own, to save others lives

    1. Yes, this is a hero indeed. Love the flow and rhythm of this piece. Excellent response! 🙂

      Do you have a link to your blog that I can post along with your entry?

      1. prayerintopoetry.wordpress.com

        Thank you so much, it was an excellent prompt 😁

        1. I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

    1. And thank you for your beautiful response! 🙂

  17. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from taking courage to rather be wrong
    And look a fool than be right
    And to have done nothing

    That was a good exercise.

    1. I’m so happy you thought so! Your entry made me smile. The courage to be wrong is not something easily summoned. Love your take on a hero. 🙂

  18. Here is my entry. Hope you like it.
    A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from
    ~~~****~~~
    Digging deep inside yourself and
    Finding the courage not just to strive
    While going for your dreams.
    ~~~****~~~
    Also, finding the courage to pick yourself up and
    Dust yourself off and try, try again until you succeed.
    Frustration will try to creep in but don’t you let it
    Because it will drive you bonkers.
    ~~~****~~~
    Getting to your dreams and goals won’t be easy there
    Will so much failure you will want to just up & quit but
    Don’t because you’ll regret it when you think of the
    What could have been.
    ~~~****~~~
    Failure isn’t a bad thing that happens but a good thing.
    Failure is just a stepping stone to get to our
    Final destination called dreams and goals.
    ~~~****~~~
    When you finally reach your destination
    The result will be you being so glad that
    You did not quit because the work to
    Get to your goals and dreams was well worth it.
    ~~~****~~~
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU REACHED YOUR GOALS AND DREAMS!!!!

    1. I don’t like it; I love it! Your words are so motivational and inspiring, making me believe that everyone can be a hero if they work hard at it. I love how uplifting it is. It’s a beautiful response to the challenge. 🙂

      1. Thanks. That means a lot. The words just came.

        1. I’m so glad you did this challenge! Thank you! 🙂

          1. I enjoyed. I loved doing it.

            1. That makes me very happy. 🙂

  19. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from crafters’ modest hands.
    Observe the maker in steady silence,
    Weaving native branches from ancient lands.
    The wreath prepared with flexible patience
    Is fitted on the brows of another
    To celebrate the maker’s creation
    Through the representation of others.

    Thank you for the prompt, Cubby! I had a lot of fun with this one.
    https://secretlantern.com/2019/01/26/prompted-poem-a-hero-is/

    1. Love the creativity of this response, not to mention the imagery. This is a wonderful response to the challenge. 🙂

  20. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory but from the quiet choice
    to stand again when life’s most cruel blows
    have cast you down and left you prone.
    Alone,
    afraid,
    but still you force yourself upright
    and face the coming day.

    1. The phrase “quiet choice to stand again” evokes a strong sense of dignity and determination. Love the perseverance of your hero. Excellent response! 🙂

  21. Thank you for the wonderful prompt!
    Kindly find my response here
    https://miawinhertt.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/the-real-hero/

    1. I’m so glad you submitted a response! I really enjoyed reading it. 🙂

      1. The pleasure is all mine.

        1. Not all as it was a pleasure for me as well. 🙂

  22. Hélène - Willow Poetry January 27, 2019 — 11:40 am

    Hero

    A hero is born not from the laurels
    of glory but from courteous respect
    successful yet unpretentious
    equivalent companion
    educates through action
    applause others’ feat
    compassionate
    heart in sync
    being
    real

    ©Hélène Vaillant

    https://helenevaillant.com/2019/01/27/hero-2/

    1. This is a beautiful response to the challenge.

      1. Hélène - Willow Poetry January 27, 2019 — 2:24 pm

        Thank you Cubby.

  23. A hero is born not from the laurels
    Of glory/but from the heart that opened with courage/A hero is a choice between fear and love/They’ll chose to fight/wrong against right/Truth vs lies/even to death because/ they know the absolute difference.

    1. I definitely concur with your definition of a hero. These are all traits a true hero should have. Excellent response to the challenge! 🙂

  24. The Hero

    A hero is born not from the laurels
    of victory but from the quiet repose
    of a life lived to others’ best vantage,
    senses deaf to every accolade,

    with noiseless eyes and
    strength pooled in wells deep,
    trinket nor treasure
    ever bends the aim
    of nobility.

    1. A noble and wise hero. Love your description of a hero. Thank you for such a lovely response. 🙂

      1. Thank you for this fun experience!

        1. I’m so glad you had fun! 🙂

  25. A hero is born not from the laurels of glory but from the thorns of oppression.

    A hero is made not from the glades of goodwill but from the desert of humility.

    A hero succeeds not by their perfection but by the lessons of their failure.

    Anyone can be a hero.

    1. Love how you weaved aspects of nature into your words. Thank you for this lovely and empowering response to the challenge. 🙂

      1. Just kept doing what you laid down 🙂 ty and ty for the challenge it was refreshing

        1. I’m so happy to hear that. I had a lot of trouble with this challenge lol. 🙂

  26. A hero is born not from the laurels of glory but from
    the pain and suffering of loss.
    A hero doesn’t need to lead, but can come from behind, to save the day.

    Thanks for the like. I like your theme layout; very colourful 😉

    1. So true that a hero can come from behind instead of leading. Great response to the challenge! 🙂

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  28. “A hero is born not from the laurels
Of glory but from…” the precious pearls of a deeply felt, untold story…

    1. Leaves the reader wanting more, in a good way, with your short, sweet verse. 🙂

      1. Thank you for your kind words… there is so much more.

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