Day 14: Progressive Poem is Here! #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #ProgressivePoem


My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I am even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you would like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

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Taking a one day hiatus from #playwithpoetry to focus on the Progressive Poem. A little senryu to kick things off.

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Now it is my turn!

Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases in song lyrics merged to get us going. The trend stuck and here we are, 14 days in, ready to soar. Doraine made a move yesterday for some action. HUZZAH! I was going to do the exact same thing, but in a different direction. I was going to have us “make the wish to swim away with the fish,” (from Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu,”), but instead Doraine sent us soaring up into the sky. So…what better way to get a piece of the sky than to fly like an eagle. Cue the Steve Miller Band! (Click here to listen in.) I used to work at an outdoor performing arts center handling publicity and the press at concerts, and Steve Miller was always a favorite.

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

Found Lines:

L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
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 Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from Mary Poppins Returns

L13 Carole King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”

L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”

I hope you’ll keep joining us to see what happens next! Here’s the poem’s itinerary. Take it away Robyn!


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 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

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

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


27 thoughts on “Day 14: Progressive Poem is Here! #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #ProgressivePoem

  1. Don’t we all want to fly like an eagle, to the sea? That song is now playing loudly in my head. I wonder if we will have a singable song at the end.

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    1. I’m ready to fly like an eagle, to the sea with you. I was there today. It was foggy and we could not see beyond the beach but the sea was out there. I heard the gulls in the air but could not see them. I took lots of photos and it was like shooting in the dark because the fog was so thick. I got ideas in my head but I have to wait to see what Robyn has in store for us. I love your senryu because there is so much truth in it. Thanks, Christie, your passage to the sea was worth waiting for.

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  2. Flying like an eagle, I should have known that’s how we’d get that piece o’ sky. Thanks for a great addition. I love listening to the songs and appreciate having the link included.

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  3. Dang! dear Chrstine!
    You worked at concerts where the Steve Miller Band played?
    Back-stage passes, perhaps….many vivid experiences you collected – woza!

    And back to the 2019 Progressive Poem,
    this shows my lack of retention or ignorance but of all these perfectly desired day by day lines,
    yours is The One where I need immediately, remembered & knew what is was from.
    Others came back with
    a nudge or in reading these rich posts.

    Love it so much.
    Lifting away. to fly!

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