Monday, April 17, 2023

2023 Kidlit Progressive Poem Day 17

Welcome to the Kidlit Progressive Poem that was originally created by Irene Latham and is now organized by Margaret Simon. I have participated in this collaborative poem since 2016. 

This year Mary Lee Hahn kicked off the Progressive Poem with a request to "Write me a story that ends with sudden clarity." Now, mid-story, I  received the poem that adds a twist to the story from Linda Baie. I debated throughout the day on how I should continue the poem and finally decided on adding a bit of whimsy with a touch of reality.

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
where I spotted the note tied to the gate. (Linda Baie's line)
My Line:
As I reached the gnarled gate, pollen floated like fairy dust into my face. Aaah Choo!
I pass the poem to Marcie Atkins. Will she reveal the note or not?

NPM 2023 Progressive Poem Calendar

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 LiteracyLink

April 18 Marcie Flinchum 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. A momentary obstacle? This is fun, Carol.

    1. Thanks, Janice. I absolutely wanted an interesting happening for the narrator to deal with before the dream incident is revealed.

  2. Ha ha! The mystery continues. Love the intrigue, Carol!

    1. Linda, I am so glad that you added a wonderful twist to the Progressive Poem. I spent a great deal of time thinking about what to write. I can't wait to read Marcie's line.

  3. Ha! What a great addition Carol! I'm intrigued to see where Marcie will take this now. You've created some suspense! Thanks!

    1. Carol, thanks for dropping in. I appreciate your response. I am glad that you feel my line created some suspense as I hoped it would.

  4. I love the idea of pollen as fairy dust. It is the dust of some mischievous fairies!

    1. Karen, thanks for the comment. Pollen is really bothering me now and my granddaughters have a beautiful fairy garden in their amazing backyard so both thoughts were on my mind when I planned the line.

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    1. Just momentarily because I hoped Marcie would write the note and she did.

  6. Carol, thanks for this! The fairy dust makes me wonder if it has anything to do with the note and future...

  7. The gnarled gate and the pollen--very atmospheric!

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I have a hard time catching my breath this week while juggling NPM, My Springsations Gallery, Day 17, and personal commitments. It is always good to hear from you, Heidi.