Some time ago, I added my name to the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem contributor list. The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem was born in 2012 by Irene Latham, of Live Your Poem, as a way to celebrate poetry during the month of April as a community of writers. The poem travels from day to day through the month of April, blog to blog, with each host adding a line to the poem as it unfolds in a magical way.
Margaret Simon coordinates this journey, and this year, Kathryn Apel, children’s author and poet has gifted us a beginning line in which to follow.
Here is the compellation of poetry lines that make up the poem thus far:
******************* I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can! Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan. I'll spread my joy both far and wide As a force of nature, I’ll be undenied. Words like, "how can I help?" will bloom in the street. A new girl alone on the playground – let’s meet, let’s meet! We can jump-skip together in a double-dutch round. Over, under, jump and wonder, touch the ground. Friends can be found when you open a door. Side by side, let’s walk through, there’s a world to explore. We’ll hike through a forest of towering trees. Find a stream we can follow while we bask in the breeze. Pull off our shoes and socks, dip our toes in the icy spring water When you’re with friends, there’s no have to or oughter. What could we make with leaves and litter? Let's find pine needles, turn into vine knitters. We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the sky. We giggle together: See the bird! Now we fly? Inspired by nature, our imaginations soar. Follow that humpback! Here, take an oar. Ahh! Here comes a wave -- let's hold on tight, splashing and laughing, let's play until night! When the Milky Way sparkles, and the moon’s overhead, *************
Tabatha Yeatts, at her blog home, The Opposite of Indifference, has offered me two lines to choose from and add to this poem, and then my task is to generate two more lines for Tim Gels to choose from as the next poet in line. Tabatha’s poetry line choices are:
we watch firefly friends signal with wings outspread or we make a pretend campfire and tell stories we've read
Myself, loving a good story, I’m choosing:
we make a pretend campfire and tell stories we've read
So, now, in repeating that finished last stanza:
Ahh! Here comes a wave -- let's hold on tight, splashing and laughing, let's play until night! When the Milky Way sparkles, and the moon’s overhead, we make a pretend campfire and tell stories we've read.
This poem is nearing the end, with a possible one stanza left and perhaps a closing line that leaves the reader lingering in wonderment. So, this last stanza feels like it must take a bend or pivot in some way.
Here are my two line choices for Tim to choose from and then to follow up with his own line:
You tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine.
Some stories are true and some myths of our time. **********************
Tim, at Yet There is a Method, I pass the baton off to you to see if you can make something of this.
Good Luck, Poetry Friend!
Please join in reading other poetry friends who contributed to this Progressive Poem this year:
April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers 2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise 3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading 4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write 5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem 6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio 7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities 8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care 9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche 10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone 11 Buffy Silverman 12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche 13 Jone Rush MacCulloch 14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living 15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning 16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe 17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect 18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance 19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link 20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge 21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life 22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town 23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse 24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference 25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul 26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method 27 Rebecca Newman 28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core 29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering 30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All