Sunday, April 16, 2023

Progressive Poem - Starting the Second Half!

       The Kidlit Progressive Poem was created by Irene Latham and is now being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. This is my 7th year participating in the collaboration, and I am always inspired by the other poets who contribute and grateful they let me play along!

        It's Irene Latham's special creation from back in 2012, now carried on by Margaret Simon for a few years, a marvelous gathering of poets contributing poetic lines with loads of mindful answering a question, "What next?" as April move along. 

       I am receiving the handoff from Jone Rush MacCulloch and Carol Varsalona will continue the second half of April! I divided the lines into couplets but if someone believes it should differ, so be it. We're starting the downward spiral, the second half of the month. 

       Here is the poem so far along with my added line. . .   

Suddenly everything fell into place
like raindrops hitting soil and sinking in.

When morning first poked me, I'd wished it away
my mind in the mist, muddled, confused.

Was this a dream, or reality, rousing my response?
The sun surged, urging me to join in its rising,

Rising like a crystal ball reflecting on morning dew.
I jumped out of bed, ready to explore the day.

My feet pull me outside and into the garden.           

Where lilies and bees weave…but wait! What’s that?  

A bevy of bunnies jart and dart and play in the clover.      

A dog barks and flash, the bunderstorm is over.    

I breathe—brave, quiet. Like a seed.        

as the day, foretold in my dream, ventured upon me.    

Sunbeams guided me to the gate overgrown with wisteria   (Thanks, Jone)

where I spotted the note tied to the gate.

Carry on, Carol!

Thanks for joining me today. Here's the entire trail of poets!
April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave 
April 13 Irene Latham Live You Poem 
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard 
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle at Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog, 
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine at Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing


  1. Great line. Keeping us on the edge of our seats!

    1. Thanks, Janice, it was Jone's mention of the gate that led me.

  2. Linda, I have been contemplating what the midline twist would be. I am intrigued by your line and did not expect that. I did think that you would be bring the twist. I feel a huge responsibility so wish me luck.

    1. As I wrote above, Carol, I had another thought until I read Jone's line, then this person either had to go out (maybe still will) or find something, thus, the note! I do wish you all the good luck & am sure it will be terrific! Happy Sunday!

    2. Linda, I also divided the poem into couplets. I like it this way.

  3. Oh, Linda, perfect! I love the surprising idea of the note. I can't wait!

    1. Thanks, Denise, now I'm excited to see what happens with Carol, & on!

  4. Nice twist, Linda! Can't wait to find out what's in that note!

  5. Wonderful line to lead us to what's next! Thank you! (love the couplets, too)

  6. Thanks, Catherine & Carol, now I'm wondering what Carol V. is thinking!

  7. So intriguing! And I love that the note is tied to the gate--what a perfect setting to step into something new.

  8. So intriguing! And I love that the note is tied to the gate--what a perfect setting to step into something new. (above was Anonymous by accident)

  9. Yay, a note! (And I love Jone's gate with the wisteria, too...)

  10. I love that note on the gate! Those two lines work well together to create mysteria in the wisteria!

  11. Yes, I think this is the moment of mystery, where we get the pieces that will fall into place! Thanks to both you and Jone.

  12. Now things are starting to fall into place!


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