Day 20: Borrowed Line #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM


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’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

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“I am precious and you can preserve me to save me before I am gone” is a borrowed line from Tyler, one of Margaret Simon’s former students.

A peek into my poem and process:

  • Wetlands Spring is a poem that I’ve been playing around with for a couple of years. I revisit it from time to time as I spend more time in this fascinating and fragile ecosystem.
  • Wetlands vary depending on what part of the country you live in. I live in New England and my #playwithpoetry playmate Margaret Simon lives on the Bayou Teche of Louisiana. While I have not visited there yet, I can see from her posts that our wetlands are quite different. We are both inspired to write about them often. In surfing around her wonderful blog, Reflections on the Teche, a post of hers from 2013 caught my eye — Wetlands Writing. In it, she features a lovely poem by Tyler called Song of the Wetlands.

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  • Tyler’s final line is powerful and poignant. I couldn’t have said it better myself, so I hope he doesn’t mind if I borrow it for my final line.
  • While I borrow a line from Tyler’s poem, I could easily have borrowed one from Wonderopolis’ WOTD #2105: What Is a Vernal Pool. Are your students learning about different ecosystems and habitats? Why not try a borrowed line poem from a Wonderopolis post about them.


And now for….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s line comes from Buffy. You may find her line here on her blog. Our little poem is now waltzing in the waves. Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line on April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens next! Here’s the itinerary for the rest of the poem.


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


6 thoughts on “Day 20: Borrowed Line #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM

  1. And again! I would be honored. A fabulous final line preceded by so many other fabulous lines. I am thinking about the spotted salamander pics Mark sent to me this week. And the peepers are deafening! Time to go up and check out little vernal pool again…no eggs last time we looked. Happy continued play! xxxx

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  2. Wow! Tyler would be honored. How did you find the line? I don’t even know what treasures are hidden in my blog. I hope you know you are welcome to visit the bayou any time.

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  3. I love your poem and Tyler’s poem! I live in upstate NY. The quacking wood frogs and the peeping spring peepers are music to me, also. The first time I found the source of the quacking my friends and I were amazed the sound was from frogs. Nature is full of surprises.

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