Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Double-Duty Poetry Today!

           It's my day to add to this year’s Kidlitosphere Progressive poem, a collaboration thanks to Irene Latham. the creator of this wonderful April tradition. After Laura Purdie-Salas started us with a "swoop" of an opening line, it's been followed by eleven other poets and their images, connecting, moving us on to other places, while a couple of voices continue to"tell" this story.  
           And I'm also happy to visit Michelle Barnes' Today's Little Ditty with an echo poem in response to the challenge given HERE on Michelle's blog. 

          After paying close attention to the poem, I realized that I would be starting a new stanza, and this raised some questions: Do I keep the same intent of nature and a voice or two, following along with Michelle's line in the previous stanza? Or can I move us into a new area entirely? This is exciting; the poem is nearing the middle and perhaps some different action is required? 
           After reading Michelle's line, I knew that she had given me a push toward NEW!  

Here is the poem with my line added:

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky.  
A hummingbird holds and then hies.  
If I could fly, I'd choose to be  
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees.

A cast of crabs engraves the sand  
Delighting a child's outstretched hand.  
If I could breathe under the sea,
I’d dive, I’d dip, I’d dance with glee  

clump of crocuses crave the sun.
Kites soar while joyful dogs run.
I sing to spring, to budding green,  
to all of life— seen and unseen.

Wee whispers drift from cloud to ear 

Looking forward to what comes next from Jone MacCulloch at DeoWriter!

          Here are the participants:
2  Joy at Joy Acey
3  Doraine at Dori Reads
4  Diane at Random Noodling
5  Penny at A Penny and Her Jots
6  Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
8  Janet F. at Live Your Poem
9  Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
10  Pat at Writer on a Horse
11  Buffy at Buffy's Blog
12  Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
13  Linda at TeacherDance
14  Jone at Deo Writer
15  Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
16  Violet at Violet Nesdoly
17  Kim at Flukeprints
18  Irene at Live Your Poem
19  Charles at Poetry Time
21  Jan at Bookseedstudio
23  Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
24  Amy at The Poem Farm
25  Mark at Jackett Writes
26  Renee at No Water River
27  Mary Lee at Poetrepository
29  Sheila at Sheila Renfro
30  Donna at Mainely Write


  1. I think your line is perfect, Linda. I am up early for day 3 of nanny duty, yay! Wonderful addition to "our" poem. This process continues to intrigue. And delight. Thanks again to the lovely Irene!! Janet F. (FB Janet Clare)

  2. Oh, how I love those "wee whispers" from the clouds, Linda! Now I'm well and truly hooked. Here's the direct link to your DMC poem today:

  3. Linda, the wee whispers from the clouds can send us into a new imaginative realm of a child. I am loving the poem so far. Sitting with the poem a while, adding a line, and sending it out feels like sharing a secret. That game when you never knew what message would come out in the end.

  4. O what are those wee whispers?? I am excited to find out. :) Thank you, Linda! xo

  5. Oh I love the wee whispers. Where will they send the poem?!

  6. Mmmmm... "whispers drift" is a gorgeous pairing of words. You've made a lovely bridge between the first part of the poem to the next part, Linda - I wonder what those clouds are whispering to Jone? :0)

  7. Linda, the gentle drifting of soft whispers is such a beautiful thought. I can picture this in my mind because I am always looking to nature for inspiration. From cloud to ear is a wonderful link. Your start to stanza 3 is going to send us where???

  8. Ooh, this is lovely, Linda! I like how you picked up on the mood and nudge of Michelle's line and created something organic from there. And...added a bit of mystery!

  9. Oh, those wee whispers drifting . . . wonder where Jone will take us tomorrow. Just when I thought our poem had a solid pattern, it goes drifting off ... not surprised that you added a cloud to the images.

  10. "whispers from cloud to ear"...very nice!

  11. Thank you everyone. It is pure pleasure to be a part of Irene's Progressive Poem!

  12. Loved the whispers. I finally have mine up.

  13. I am so late this week getting caught up. I decided to keep the poem suspense and visit each contributor in order, though! I love the image of the cloud whispering...I used the word "wee" yesterday - and I hadn't read this yet...
    Great addition. Now on to Jone -

  14. It is wonderful to have a voice entering the poem...
    Catching up late, but -
    Yay community!!

  15. What a wonderful line, Linda! It's perfect and I'm off to see where this poem goes next!

  16. Linda, I love your hyacinths and biscuits quote! You start the next stanza with seen + unseen but heard: clouds and whispers. What are they saying? Are they singing back?

    I'll continue my belated catching up with Jone....


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