Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Progressive Poem and Birthday Bash Winner

The Progressive Poem is here!

I love National Poetry Month!  There are so many wonderful projects going on around the Kidlitosphere, and I enjoy checking out every one of them!   It feels like a big party where we're all sitting around together sharing poetry!  Oh, and speaking of parties, I'm announcing the winner of last week's giveaway at the end of this post. I also want to give a big shout out and thank you to Robyn Hood Black for hosting last week's birthday celebration. She did a fantastic job!

Have you been following the Progressive Poem?  If so, I hope you are enjoying Jasmine's adventure as much as I am.  

Today it is my turn to add a line. I'm grateful to my very talented friend,  Irene Latham for coming up with the idea for a progressive poem because it gives folks like me a chance to participate in National Poetry month in a way that is fun and manageable. 

After reading Michelle's line about Jas beginning her poem, I thought about how a poem often starts out (at least for me) as a whisper and floats around for a bit before I really catch hold of what I'm trying to say.  

So here goes, my line is at the end. 

Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.
Oh, what wonderful dreams she had!
Blooming in midnight moonlight, dancing with
the pulse of a thousand stars, sweet Jasmine
invented a game.
“Moon?” she called across warm honeyed air.
“I’m sad you’re alone; come join Owl and me.
We’re feasting on stardrops, we’ll share them with you.”
“Come find me,” Moon called, hiding behind a cloud.
Secure in talons’ embrace, Jasmine rose
and set. She split, twining up Owl’s toes, pale
moonbeams sliding in between, Whoosh, Jasmine goes.
Owl flew Jasmine between clouds and moon to Lee’s party!
Moon, that wily bright balloon, was NOT alone.
Jas grinned,
                             a new,
around          tender

a trellis Sky held out to her, made of braided wind and song.
Her green melody line twisted and clung.
Because she was twining poet’s jasmine, she
wiggled a wink back at Moon, and began her poem.
Her whispered words floated on a puff of wind

I can't wait to see where my talented and clever friend, Robyn will take this poem!


2 Jane at Raincity Librarian

4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty

Jan at bookseedstudio

6 Irene at Live Your Poem

7 Linda at TeacherDance

Janet F. at Live Your Poem

11 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales

12 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink

13 Linda at A Word Edgewise

15 Donna at Mainely Write

16 Sarah at Sarah Grace Tuttle

18 Christie at Wondering and Wandering

19 Michelle at Michelle Kogan

20 Linda at Write Time

23 Amy at The Poem Farm

24 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading

25 Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge

26 Renee at No Water River

27 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog

28 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers

29 April at Teaching Authors

30 Doraine at Dori Reads

CONGRATULATIONS to our Birthday Bash winner, Heidi! 
THE WRITING BUG is on its way to you!

A big thank you to Tabatha for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.


  1. I love your line, Linda. The imagery and the sounds are wonderful.

  2. Wow! That is a great narrative poem. It is amazing that it was written by so many people. It flows nicely. Your line fits in perfectly.

  3. Those soft w-sounds match the tone of this poem. What will she whisper, I wonder?

  4. That's a delicious line, Linda, and I'm laughing because I paraphrased a poem from the Junior Great Books selection my class is working with this week in my blog post featuring THEIR progressive poem...and it includes "whispered words"!

    There is so much going on here, and I'm grateful that Jasmine is going to deliver some poetry to the party among the clouds.

  5. Oh, LInda, I sure can relate to those floaty whispery words... it does take time. Thank you for your lovely line! xo

  6. Lovely line, Linda... and I can't wait to see where I take it either! (Gulp.) ;0) Thank you for a beautiful hand-off floating with possibilities.

  7. It was a fun birthday bash last week, Linda, all from your noticing! Thanks for that, and for this next step for poet Jasmine's adventure. I imagine her delight being up there with the moon, then "whispering" the words, sending them out into the world. Lovely line!

  8. Nicely sky-linked, Linda. I like the alliteration.

  9. Oh, I love this. I can't wait to hear Jasmine's "whispered words."

  10. I love it! Each day's new line brings both a surprise and fits right in.

  11. What a fun line to say out loud--and a lovely toss to the next poet. Will we hear the whispered words, or watch their journey?

  12. floating "off on a puff of wind," how magical Linda, let's see which way the wind carries them.

  13. Wow! What a line....exquisite, delicate and perfect. Well done!

  14. I can hardly wait to hear her "whispered words," Linda!

  15. Love it! I'm wondering where we'll be in just a few lines for my words!! Cue the puff of wind!!

  16. Hi Linda! Nice "w" sounds. It really does seem very airy and floaty!

  17. Oooh, I so love imagining those floating words.... xx