Sunday, April 10, 2022

April - Poetry Month - Day Ten - Random Visitor Plus the Progressive Poem Continues

   It's April, Poetry Month, Day Ten Plus the Progressive Poem continues!

        The bookmark, on top of the picture above, came into the bookstore at the end of March. Often people do donate books and leave 'treasures' in them. This time, it became my own treasure and I knew what I would do for April's poetry, write about found treasures, perhaps find new places to look? Happy April!

Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is to the right!  

And it's my day today! It feels as if this year we're walking along with other great writers, too. Irene started us with a line from The Imaginaries, and away we flew on our 2022 adventure.



Where they were going, there were no maps.  – Irene  (The Imaginaries)

Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today – Donna (The Hobbit)

Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes! -  

                                                                     Catherine F. (The Wind in The Willows)

We have to go back. I forgot something. Mary Lee (Walk Two Moons)


But it’s spring, and the world is puddle-wonderful, so we’ll whistle and dance and set off on our way.  Buffy Silverman (a bit from e.e. cummings)

Come with me, and you’ll be in a land of pure imagination. Linda Mitchell (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Wherever you go, take your hopes, pack your dreams, and never forget – it is on our journeys that discoveries are made.  Kim Johnson (from Maybe by Kobi Yamada)

And then it was time for singing. Rose Cappelli (Sarah, Plain and Tall)

Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain, paint with all the colors of the wind, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky? Carol Varsalona (Disney Songs)

            After today, we are a third of a way through. It feels as if it's time for a turning, thus I took some words from a favorite book by Byrd Baylor, whose words have made me think of wonders in the world every time I read them. This time, the book is The Other Way to Listen. I changed the words to reflect a group rather than one person. 

My line:  "Suddenly, they stopped and realized they weren’t the only ones singing."



Here's the full list of those writing.  Carry on, Janet!

 1 April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem

   2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at
 Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at 
A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at 
Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at 
Nix the Comfort Zone   (Linda Mitchell subbed)
7 Kim Johnson at 
Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at 
Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at 
Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at 
Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at 
Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at 
Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at 
Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at 
Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ 
The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at 
My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at 
There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at 
19 Christie at 
Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at 
Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at 
Dog Trax
22 Margaret at 
Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at 
A Day in the Life
Marcie Atkins
Marilyn Garcia
JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at 
Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at
 The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at 
Karen’s Got a Blog
Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing

           My own poem for a treasure comes from a serendipitous event out my window a few days ago. It wasn't as windy as the past week has been, but out my window, across the green space, traveled a purple balloon, no one in sight, only that purplish delight coming toward my yard. It swooped up, around the fence, caught in bushes in the outer garden. Another breeze took it high and across the street, nestling again, then up and away. 

                                                   my own imaginaries

                                                 a treasured moment

                                                 a purple beacon for a smile

                                                 "I'll settle here," it seemed to say

                                                  "for you a little while

                                                   now time for goodbyes

                                                   to give delight in another place

                                                                               my random race"   

                                                                Linda Baie ©


  1. I can't wait to find out who else is singing! I'm hoping for birds or frogs. I guess we shall see! Your poem reminds me of Wendell Berry's "Window Poems," Linda. The life of a balloon is random, I guess, in so many ways. Well done! -- Christie

  2. This is my first chance to pop in and catch the Progressive Poem (I was so sorry to miss it this year - but just could not...) It looks like a fun theme - and I love your disruption. Perfectly done!
    (Also, I am amazed by the resilience of your purple balloon! It doesn't look like a likely landing spot - and yet...)

  3. Oh, yes! Linda, thanks for opening up the question of setting and characters (we might be a little heavy on plot this year so far!). And look how that purple balloon glows out of all the wintry browns, and how you captured a momentary treasure and then shared it forward. Lovely!

  4. Perfection! And your balloon poem works so nicely with the idea behind the progressive poem!

  5. Oh, love that balloon treasure! A real delight! I was hoping the poem would start to have an adventure! Yay!

  6. Good decision to take a turn in the progressive poem. And glad your balloon visitor gave delight--and a poem!

  7. I love how you recognized a need for a turn and took it. Our adventure continues! Thanks!

  8. More voices! How exciting! Thanks for a great line.

  9. Linda, I read your poem early this morning, then we went to church. So tonight is the first time I had to comment. I want you to know that your response to my line was just right. You set up a fine mystery. I cannot wait to see what Janet comes up with and then, Jone who has been waiting. Have a great week.

  10. What a fun treasure you found, the purple balloon in a precarious place. I like your next line for the poem. I wonder who is there.

  11. Love your purple delight poem. Glad to see the poem take a pivot. It will be fun to watch the fun unfold.

  12. I like your turn, reflection, and bringing additional voices!

    And what a fun poem that grew from that small purple balloon, and nice that it took time to take you in…

  13. Way to shake things up a bit, Linda - wonderful! :0) And thanks for sharing your gift of a surprise springtime balloon, inspiring a poem no less...


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