Day 12 – NanoPoblano – “The Path We Tread Ahead” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Consolation” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Hey there folks.

We’re now on to Day 12 of NanoPoblano and for the next found poem that I have written in my quest to write all found poems this month, I have found a treasured guest to duet with, since he wrote among other classics “Treasure Island”.

Tonight, I have had the pleasure of using Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Consolation” as my muse and you can find the link to the lyrics at Poetry Foundation, should you also fancy reading some of his other poems there too.

“Consolation” by Robert Louis Stevenson at Poetry Foundation

I have also included the lyrics below to help give your mouse clicking finger a little rest as well 🙂

“Consolation” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Though he, that ever kind and true,
Kept stoutly step by step with you,
Your whole long, gusty lifetime through,
Be gone a while before,
Be now a moment gone before,
Yet, doubt not, soon the seasons shall restore
Your friend to you.

He has but turned the corner — still
He pushes on with right good will,
Through mire and marsh, by heugh and hill,
That self-same arduous way —
That self-same upland, hopeful way,
That you and he through many a doubtful day
Attempted still.

He is not dead, this friend — not dead,
But in the path we mortals tread
Got some few, trifling steps ahead
And nearer to the end;
So that you too, once past the bend,
Shall meet again, as face to face, this friend
You fancy dead.

Push gaily on, strong heart! The while
You travel forward mile by mile,
He loiters with a backward smile
Till you can overtake,
And strains his eyes to search his wake,
Or whistling, as he sees you through the brake,
Waits on a stile.


And now here is my found poem, inspired by the wonderful words of Mr Stevenson, hope you all enjoy it 🙂


Photo by jplenio at Pixabay

“The Path We Tread Ahead” by David Ellis

Ever kind and true
Your whole lifetime through
Be a friend with good will
By that same hopeful way
You attempted still

The path we tread ahead
To the end – push on, strong!
Travel forward with a smile
To wake whistling, sees you through


Still want more? Then check out other Day 12 posts from fellow NanoPoblano participants below!

12 NOVEMBER: LOOK WITHIN – Starving Activist

so this is what it feels like –


Unseen Sketchbook Pages – Dean Kealy Design

Ivy Hill: Chapter 6 – Echoshadow



Author Questions – Behind the Willows

Mark McGrath serenaded me. – Julie Burton Blog

fade or journey – the matticus kingdom

#NanoPoblano2018 Day 12 – Vanessence

For The Birds – No Talent For Certainty

And The 51st Can See The Light: how do you buy a bag of milk? – The Temenos Journal

A LITTLE STEP – Rarasaur

Taken Seriously – 33 Grams of Blog

Aromatics – Fresh Off The Pad Poetry

Monday Night Inspiration: Self Care Week – Cats and Chocolate

Mice in the Moonlight – loristory

…what I do have are a very particular set of skills. – Mommy Quits

Day 12 NaBloPoMo – Failing at Haiku

Pieces in various stages – Just A Little Bit Sweet

My cup runneth over. Ew, stop that. – SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE NUT

Diaper Di Diaper – I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning With A Craving


A Handshake and Your Professional Image – Infinity Coaching

Friends and Clarity – Books, Hooks and Yarn

CAT RULES 101 – Drunk on Life

Note To Self…– Aberrant Crochet (TM)


One hell of a dream – Freckled Foolery


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