2021 A Progressive Poem

This year I’m taking part in a Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, which is running during April for National Poetry Month in the USA. (Thank you to fellow Australian poet Kathryn Apel for the invitation!) The Progressive Poem was the brainchild of Irene Latham back in 2012 and since 2020 Margaret Simon has taken the baton as poem coordinator.

During April the poem has been passing from blog to blog with each poet-blogger adding a line. There’s a list of participating poets at the end of this post.

Yesterday (Day 26) the poem landed with Tim Gels, who offered me a choice of two lines to start the next stanza before I add my own. Here are the two options Tim gave me:


Now let’s write our own — maybe prose, maybe rhyme!

OR

I love all of them, but my favorite ones rhyme!

I’ve chosen the second option.

This is the poem so far, including Tim’s new line:

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,
we make a pretend campfire and tell stories we’ve read.

Some stories are true and some myths of our time.
I love all of them, but my favorite ones rhyme!

It’s my turn to offer a choice of two lines for the start of the next couplet! (The next poet Catherine Flynn will choose one of these before continuing with her own line.)

With windows to see other lives, other places

OR

Now add in your story and I’ll share mine, too

With only three days of the poem remaining I can’t wait to see how it ends. Over to you, Catherine!


If you’d like to check out all the stops on this progressive poem’s journey, you’ll find them here.

2021 Timeline for April:

1 Kat Apel at katswhiskers
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 at https://timgels.com
27 Rebecca Newman [you are here]
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

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14 responses to “2021 A Progressive Poem

  1. Oooh. Very nicely done, Bec. Both lines have kept us rolling us along to a satisfying closure – though I have a definite favourite! I’m so glad you jumped in for the fun of the Progressive Poem. I’ll be looking for you again next year.🙃

  2. That’s great! A lot of pressure on the poets at the end! 😱

  3. Rebecca, I like your choice! (Then again, I would have said that either way.) I agree with Kathryn and think we’re moving toward a nice closure.

  4. Denise Krebs

    Magical! I love both of your lines. You are helping to wrap up this poem gracefully and beautifully.

  5. Two great choices! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  6. Sorry I missed this yesterday. I love both lines, Rebecca, lovely to finish with sharing future stories! That’s how friends are made, right? Now over to Catherine!

  7. Stories are the glue that binds people together so thanks for adding your options to bring the poem to a near conclusion, Rebecca.