Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem Continues

Today, it is my honor to continue the journey of the 2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, an annual tradition of our poetry community. At the beginning of National Poetry Month, 30 bloggers, poets, and children's writers joined Irene Latham's challenge to write an original poem. Matt Forrest Esenwine began the process with a creative move. Using found lines from song lyrics, he created line 1 of the Progressive Poem. Other poets followed in suit, adding their found lines from songs that resonated with them, making each line unique.

Each day the Progressive Poem grew, I felt a little bit more nervous. After all, growing up I always enjoyed listening to music but did not know lyrics for sing-alongs. I questioned if I could find lyrics that would fit so I began searching for possible songs, like Chad and Jeremy's A Summer Song and Ella Fitzgerald's Summertime. Song titles from my summer galleries and accompanying lines started filling my digital journal. Then, on Palm Sunday, when the sun peeked out behind the clouds, I decided to take a spontaneous ride to the boardwalk. Christie Wyman just posted her line, "I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea," so off I went with my husband! The Long Beach Boardwalk was surrounded by a dense fog making the ocean not visible but I could hear the sounds of the sea and sky and smell the fresh salt air. The quick trip energized and inspired me to write.

I woke on Monday morning, looking for day 15's blog by the amazing poet and creative artist, Robyn Hood Black. Her line made reference to the Masters Tournament and a song from a 1985 movie revolving around America's favorite pastime. My immediate thought was "Really Robyn, a tiger!" While I loved the line, I thought of it as an interesting curveball so, with expectation, I took a swing at how I would like the poem to progress. I wanted to keep the summer vibe from a child's eyes. I thought about little ones I saw playing in the sand on Sunday and my grandbaby who loves music and lullabies. It was then that I found Song of the Sea, a lullaby that featured a recurring question and descriptive action. By Monday evening, I decided that the question from "Song of the Sea would be the beginning of line 16 but flipflopped between two Mary Poppin songs and another specific action line from the lullaby. When I reread the stanza orally for one more time, I realized just what I felt I needed. 

Are you ready for line 16?  While it is long, I wanted the end of the stanza to be a visual invitation with action. I offer the line to you now. Please feel free to comment. 

Endless summer; I can see for miles...
Fun, fun, fun - and the whole world smiles.
No time for school - just time to play,
we swim the laughin' sea each and every day.

You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
It's the chance of a lifetime,

make it last forever-ready? Set? Let's Go!
Come, we'll take a walk, the sun is shining down,
Not a cloud in the sky got the sun in my eyes.
Tomorrow's here. It's called today.

Gonna get me a piece o' the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there's a tiger in my veins.
Oh, won't you come with me waltzing the waves,
                                                                                          diving the deep?

Found Lines:
L. 1   The Who, 'I Can See for Miles' / The Beach Boys, 'Endless Summer'
L. 2  The Beach Boys, 'Fun, Fun, Fun'/Dean Martin, "When You're Smiling"
L. 3  The Jamies, "Summertime, Summertime'
L. 4 The Doors, 'Summer's Almost Gone' / Led Zeppelin, 'Good Times, Bad Times'
L.5   Ray Bradbury, 'Dandelion Wine
L6    Joni Mitchell, "Chelsea Morning"
L7    Paul Simon, "Kodachrome," "Dazzling  Blue"
L8    Dan Fogelberg, "Run for the Roses" 
L9    Spice Girls, "Wannabe"/Will Smith, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"
L10  The Beatles, "Good Day Sunshine"
L11   The Carpenter, "Top of the World"
L12   Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Underneath the Lovely London Sky" from Mary Poppins
L13   Carole King, "Hi-de-ho (That Sweet Roll)"
L14  Steve Miller, "Fly Like An Eagle"
L15   Don Felder, "Wild Life"
L16   Nolwenn Leroy, "Song of the Sea" (lullaby)

April Schedule  -  If you are interested in the backstories of each Progressive Poem writer, please visit the sites linked below. 

Kat @Kathryn Apel
Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
Jone @DeoWriter
Linda @TeacherDance
Tara @Going to Walden
Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write


  1. I love how your line becomes an invitation. I'll come with you!

    1. Thanks, Margaret. Once Robyn presented her line, the fun began and the nerves lessened for me.

  2. I want to come, too, Carol! We'll be waltzing in the waves soon!

    1. The surfers at the beach already started, Christie but my husband and I could not figure how they could surf in the thick fog.

  3. YES! Waltzing and diving! I will join you there. Thank you, Carol. xo

    1. I just love those wonderful words and the alliteration that the songwriter used, Irene. I just can’t wait to hear where Amy takes the poem.

  4. I can't come now, but will be waltzing and diving in June! Lovely, Carol. I enjoyed reading your journey, too.

    1. I hope the weather is just beautiful for your annual family holiday, Linda. Thanks for commenting on my journey.

  5. Ah, waltzing the waves and diving the deep. Such wonderful alliteration. Will we find out about the deep tomorrow...I wonder?!

    1. I am so glad that at the last minute I found such a beautiful line with a vivid image and alliteration, Penny.

  6. Beautiful! Curve balls don't throw you a bit, Carol. We are all off to frolic, thanks to your inviting and luscious line! :0)

    1. Robyn, you just made my day again. First, with the wonderful curveball and second with this comment. Thank you for your approval of my follow-up line. Now, let's see how Amy starts the next stanza. Have fun frolickng.

  7. It's a PoetryFriday beach party. Count me in! Lovely use of alliteration, Carol.

    1. Kat, I was looking for a line that would be descriptive and lyrical at the same time. Thanks for dropping by. I am definitely up for a beach party.

  8. Nice invitation and piece of action added Carol, you've captured both a slow and fast movement in the same line.

    1. Michelle, thanks for that comment. I never thought of the sentence I added in that way. I mostly concentrated on the descriptive action but I did love the recurring question in the lullaby that invited us all into the next stanza of the poem.

  9. Such fun all poised to happen with your invite. Thanks, Carol, for your addition. I opted out this year because of new grandson's arrival. I've loved reading about each person's search for their line. And now I'm off to search for "Song of the Sea," a lullaby unknown to me.

    1. Ramona, I originally spelled Nolwenn Leroy' name wrong. She is the listed as the writer for the lullaby. If you hit Song of the Sea you will be taken right to the animated song. I would love to hear if Jack likes it. I am visiting Sierra for Easter so I am going to share it with her. Have a great Holy Week.

  10. This is a luminous line, you've added.

    Appreciations for leading me to learn about Nolwenn Leroy.
    And I did enjoy the music video link.

    I intend to share about the singer/lyricist with children's writers in Ohio, as this multi-lingual, world-traveling talent spent a formative year as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Hamilton, Ohio.

    What a connected, marvelous World this is.

    Happy April Poetry Month & Happy 2019 Progressive Poem to you, dear Carol!

    1. Jan, thanks for the additional information about Nolwenn Leroy. I just love her song. Thank you for commenting me on my line as well. Off to read where the PP is going.