2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem: Day 15


Welcome! I'm honored to be a participant in Irene Latham's 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. Irene has gathered thirty children's poets and we are writing a poem together as part of the National Poetry Month celebration. Each day our poem grows by one line. I've been enthusiastically reading along since the beginning and today it's my turn!

Before I committed to my line, I considered several possibilities based on the first stanza which sets up a journey, and the second stanza which begins with a call to action for what is needed for this journey. So much rich detail to consider! I am also intrigued by the many animals that are appearing here. At first, I took tactical and practical literally and planned to send our traveler some useful basics...but this poem has an other-worldly quality, I think, (wings, dreams, inner sage, honeyed whisper, tattered maps!) and so I decided to add something that I hope might be useful when traveling, as Matt suggests, "in realms far far away."  

Here you go - the first fourteen lines of the 2014 PROGRESSIVE POEM, plus mine for the 15th:  



Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe

Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;

Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,

Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?

Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone. 

The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?

Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey

Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.


But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?

Time to be tactical— I'll ask my friends what I should stow.

And in one breath, a honeyed word whispered low— dreams — 

Whose voice? I turned to see. I was shocked. Irene's

“Each voyage starts with tattered maps; your dreams dance on this page.

Determine these dreams—then breathe them!  Engage your inner sage."

The merry hen said, “Take my sapphire eggs to charm your host.”



Thank you, Irene, and Progressive Poetry Poets; what fun! Okay, take it away tomorrow Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge!

If you would like to continue following along, the full roster of poets and their websites are listed on this page to the right. Have fun, and Happy National Poetry Month!



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Reader Comments (10)

"sapphire eggs" I want one of those! On to Robyn, then my turn. Where are we going?

Reply: Yes, sapphire eggs for everyone! Looking forward to seeing where Robyn, you, and the second half of the poets take us, Margaret!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret Simon

I love the mystical nature of this poem. Sapphire eggs. Merry hen. Very nice, Tamera. The advice continues. What will our character do with it and where will it take her (or is it a him?)

Reply: Thanks, Deb. Yes - I feel like we're seeing a sort of chess game unfold one day at a time.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Bussewitz

Merry hen! Sapphire eggs! Sign me up!! Love it, Tamera. Thank you. xo

Reply: Thank YOU, Irene; glad you enjoyed my line. What a most fun way to celebrate NPM in the company of fellow children's poets!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIrene Latham

Hi, Tamera! I loved reading your thoughts about our poetic adventure thus far. And sapphire eggs from a merry hen? What lovely treasures to hand off! Thank you. Off to ponder...

Reply: Thanks, Robyn. Glad that you're happy with the treasure that I planted today. Can't wait to see what you come up with for tomorrow!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn Hood Black

Great line. This is coming together nicely!

Donna Smith
The A-to-Z Challenge
Mainely Write

Reply: Thanks, Donna. It is fun to see how our poem is stitching together one poet at a time.

PS I think I got your link corrected in the side bar - thanks!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Smith

Delightful to consider what this traveling adventure will hold, and sapphire eggs have to be important to carry, of course.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Baie

This voyage is getting even more interesting, with sapphire eggs from a merry hen! Looking forward to seeing Robyn takes us next!

Reply: Thanks, Matt. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next, too.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Forrest Esenwine

That's a fun, fairy tale-y turn of events! I wonder who the host will turn out to be?

Reply: Thanks, Tabatha. Yes, I'm curious about that host, too, now that you mention it.

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTabatha

Love this turn--a magical hen with sapphire eggs! Can't wait to see what charming effect the eggs will have!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuffy Silverman

What a magical gift! Awesome line, Tamera. :)

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