Welcome to day 7 of the Progressive Poem! Started by Irene Latham,
the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem began in 2012 as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month (April) as a community of writers.
This year, Margaret Simon generously volunteered to organize the poem. This is only my second year taking part in the poem. I always felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of providing a line to a group poem. Donna Smith upped the ante this year by providing two lines for Irene to choose from for the first line of this year’s poem. Irene liked this idea, so our “choose your own adventure” poem continues.
Yesterday, Kay McGriff offered these two lines for me to pick from:
deep into nature’s peaceful cocoon (Option A)
and echo the call of a wandering loon (Option B)
I love music and loons, so I didn’t have to think too long before choosing Option B. What has taken me almost all day was coming up with two choices for Tara Smith.
Here is the entire poem as of today, followed by my two line options for Tara.
Sweet violets shimmy, daffodils sway
along the wiregrass path to the lake.
I carry a rucksack of tasty cakes
and a banjo passed down from my gram.
I follow the tracks of deer and raccoon
and echo the call of a wandering loon.
A whispering breeze joins in our song (Option A)
I step onto warm sand, strumming my tune (Option B)
I can’t wait to see which line Tara chooses! Find out tomorrow at her lovely blog, Going to Walden.
Here is the entire line up for this year’s poem:
1 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, deowriter
4 Liz Steinglass
5 Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan