Monday, April 19, 2021

Kidlit Progressive Poem 2021-Day 19

It's the Annual Progressive Poem 2021 time of year. 

April has been a whiz of unpacking, organizing, and becoming familiar with my new house in Virginia so writing has been my special treat when the house is quiet at night. I sit at my new desk and swivel in my new chair pondering my choices for the Kidlit Progressive Poem. On April 1st, Kat Apel  launched this year's Progressive Poem with the theme of kindness. She passed on two potential lines to the next poet, following a practice initiated by Donna Smith last year. Each poet chooses one line offered by the previous poet and writes two options to pass on to the next person until the last poet concludes the poem. 

Below is the Progressive Poem 2021 with the line I chose from my Denver poet friend, Linda Baie:

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 along 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 not have to our oughter.

What could we make with leaves and litter?

Let's find pine needles, turn into vine knitters.

We'll lie on our back and find shapes in the sky.

We giggle together: See the bird! Now we fly?

=>Thinking about a recent family nature walk I took, I imagined my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and I walking by the creek listening to the sounds. Now, after repeated revisions, I send off my two choices for Robyn Hood Black to bring our characters further on their adventure. 

Inspired by nature, our imaginations soar.


We flitter with our wings of vine diving to touch ground.

Below is a list of Progressive Poem poets who composed their lines prior to mine, followed by the poets who will bring the poem toward a conclusion. I pass the writing pen on to my colleague, Robyn, who will spin her dewdrop magic. 

Thank you Irene Latham who started the idea of an annual progressive poem in 2012 and Margaret Simon who became the new roundup organizer last year. 

1      Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
2     Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3     Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4    Donna Smith at Mainely Write
5     Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
6    Jan Godown Annino at Bookseed Studio
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 TeacherDance
19    Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink
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 I No Such Thing as a God-fosaken 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
27  Rebecca Newman
28  Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering 
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All  


  1. I loved the giggle line and am glad you chose it. Can't wait to see where Robyn goes with your inspired lines.

    1. Thanks, Tricia. That was the easy part. The choices were thought through many times from early morning to late at night.

  2. Wonderful, Carol. Either line takes them to more adventures. Robyn will have a tough time choosing!

    1. Linda, I do so appreciate your thoughts. Your giggle line was a great lead-in to a new scene.

  3. A tough time, indeed - thank you for giving me two tasty options, Carol! :0) I appreciate the TLC you always bring to each poetic/artistic task.

    1. Robyn, I look forward to how you will craft the next line from the choices provided and what you pass on to Leigh Anne.

  4. Great choices, Carol! I can just hear the giggles!

    1. Rose, Linda Baie was so on target with the sound of giggles coming from the girls.

  5. I'm so glad you are finally getting settled in your new home. Love the addition of sound with giggles and the wistfulness of flying. Your two lines send a different tone. I wonder what will be chosen. Thanks for playing.

    1. The above comment is from me, Margaret Simon. (My school email doesn't identify me.)

    2. Margaret, thanks for identifying yourself so I can respond. I have not opened Robyn's post yet so I am excited to see what she chose.

  6. I love the line you chose and the lines you're sending off to Robyn. This is turning into such a fun poem!

    1. Catherine, thanks for checking in. Your line is close to the end so you are one of the closers. Can't wait to see how the themes of kindness and friendship develop.

  7. Nice choices, Carol! I got a little behind in following the poem, but it's fun catching up.

    1. I know what you mean, Denise. Catching up is a great way to get the flow of the poem. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Catching up with the poem tonight! I love the sense of adventure and childish exploration in the lines.

    1. Thanks for joining me here, Ramona. I am looking forward to reading Janice's post to see where the adventure is leading us.

  9. I'm just getting caught up with the poem, too. I really like both of your lines. Either soaring or touching ground--we need both--I'm going to see what direction the poem is going in now!

    1. I am following you to Janice's post to see what she decided upon to continue the journey, Susan.