I Heard The First Real Robin’s Song #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

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Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by a word or phrase mined from the pages of Henry David Thoreau’s jewel-laden journals. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout –and who knows which direction they will go in.

Day #1: I heard the first real robin’s song

I heard the first real robin's song

A peek at my process

On March 31, 1860, Thoreau wrote, “I hear the first real robin’s song…”

I have been waking to the dawn chorus that is performed daily outside of my window for weeks now, and a robin is always one of the first participants. I knew instantly this was the line I would lift for today’s poem draft. The only change I made to his text was to use “heard” instead of “hear.” Writing rhymed couplets are new-ish for me, so I am flexing some new writing muscles today.

In other news…I am also excited to share that I have joined the Teach Write blogging team and will be writing a Poetry Ponderings blog post for them every month. My first offering, Finding Your Poetry Secret Decoder Ring, is now live. I hope you will take a peek!

And introducing…

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Starting today members of the Poetry Friday family have launched the 8th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche is taking over this year as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2020 poem. Poet Donna Smith kicked things off this morning with a first line (a choice of two, actually) to get us going. You can find her line here on her blog, Mainly Write. I’m excited to provide the 24th line on Friday, April 24th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

1 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
2 Irene Latham at 
Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, 
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at 
7 Catherine Flynn at 
Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at 
Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at 
Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at 
Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel hosted at 
Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at 
A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at 
Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at 
Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at 
A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at 
Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at 
My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at
 A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at 
Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at 
Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at 
Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at 
To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth, 
24 Christie Wyman at 
Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at 
The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at 
Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at 
Life on the Deckle Edge
29 Fran Haley at 
lit bits and pieces
Michelle Kogan

20 thoughts on “I Heard The First Real Robin’s Song #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

  1. I’m looking forward to following this progressive poem. It looks like a lot of fun.

    I enjoyed your poem very much. Couplets have always been intimidating for me. I feel like mine come across as being too amateurish, whatever that means. I need to give it another shot.


  2. I love all of it, Christie, that final line is perfect & I read it aloud, sounds wonderful, too. I especially like the title of the challenge you’ve taken on, “Thoreauly Inspired”, nothing nicer! Happy April!

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  3. A beautiful poem about a beautiful bird. My poem was a bird poem today, too. I’m glad we are writing together again. Thanks for posting the Progressive Poem links.

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