Sunday, April 18, 2021

The Progressive Poem is HERE!

           The Annual Progressive Poem idea was created in 2012 by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem. Last year Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche started hosting the round-up and at the same time, Donna Smith at Mainely Write began a fun option to offer two lines to the next person, then that person chooses one of those to add to the poem, then creates two for whoever is next.   

       This year's poem started with a theme of kindness and a sprinkle of play. Now, I've received two awesome lines from Tricia Stohr Hunt, and as I create this intro, I'm thinking . . .  

          Here are the two lines Tricia wrote for me:

We'll be swingers of birches and climbers of trees.


We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the sky.

          And here is the poem thus far with the line I chose from Tricia. A favorite pastime out walking is cloud/sky watching!


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 along 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 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.

And, finally, drum roll ------------- my two lines for Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link!

There’s a bear and some angels; we move on with a sigh.  



We giggle together: See the bird! Now we fly!

Happy Writing, Carol!

Here's the list of all the poets:

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


  1. First, I'm sorry I was so late yesterday. I had my second vaccine on Friday and was not feeling great, so I failed to get my post up earlier.
    I love that you chose the sky line. I wanted to write "We'll lie on our backs and find shapes in the clouds," but I knew there was no rhyme there!
    You've given Carol two great lines to choose from. Can't wait to see where this goes.

    1. It's okay, Tricia, I'm sorry you weren't feeling well, but you did it beautifully. I love looking for cloud shapes so it fit me just right. Thanks!

    2. No worries, Tricia. I had a bad reaction that put me under the covers for the better part of a day. Good to know all is well.

    3. Of course, I selected my date to participate long before my vaccine was scheduled, so it never occurred to me I might be under the weather! I'm glad I didn't miss it.

  2. I am so glad to see all the fun these two are having. Love your choices Linda.
    Janet Clare F.

    1. Thanks, Janet. It is lots of fun to imagine all sorts of fun.

  3. Oh my goodness! Sky watching! Love it. Your two lines are both great, so I know the poem will continue on its way delightfully.

    1. Thanks, Margaret, having adventures together is a grand thing.

  4. Wonderful, Linda! I’m delighted we’re looking up - and then moving on one way or another - too! Looking forward to seeing where Carol takes this, and flexing fingers for Tuesday... :0)

    1. Yes, the next adventure will be yours and Carol's! Imagination rocks! Thanks, Robyn

  5. Catching up and seeing what you and Tricia have added--love the sky watching. Two fun lines that you're passing off to Carol!

  6. Thanks, Ruth and Buffy. This is going to continue on with lots of fun I expect.

  7. I love the line you chose from Tricia and you've given Carol two terrific lines. What a hard choice!

    1. Thanks, I imagine every one of us deliberate a lot before we choose. Different minds!

  8. Linda, I was thrilled to get your choices and loved the giggles so much that I wanted to pair that with something that would capture what the girls were feeling. Thanks for giving me a reminder a couple of days ago. I have to say it is always great working with you, Linda.

    1. Thanks, Carol, I enjoy our work together, too! The poem is shaping into a wonderful look at what we wish for kids, isn't it? Thanks!

  9. I love this year's poem. Catching up a bit after falling behind for a few days. I knew you would pick the sky line!


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