Why Is It #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by the avian world. 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 #8: Why is it (pentastich)

A peek at my process — As we were preparing to head to school today, my husband whispered, “Quick! Come outside!” I stepped out onto the porch and joy filled my heart. The air was the warmest it has been at 6:00 AM in many months, the sky was filled with a spectacular blurry watercolor-like palette, and the dawn chorus was singing loud and clear. Moments like that make me feel as if the world is so very small. It is a feeling I tried to capture one year ago with this simple five liner. A pentastich is in the quintain family of poem forms, featuring five lines of free verse without rhyme or meter. I also played around with building the poem one additional word at a time on each line — 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. If there is a name for that, do let me know!

And now for…

Participants in the Poetry Friday community have launched the 9th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over last year as the organizer. I love the kind direction this lovely poem is headed in! Denise Krebs takes over today, choosing a line from two gifted to her by Rose Cappelli. You may read her lines here on her blog, Dare to Care. I’m excited to provide the 29th and penultimate line on Thursday, April 29th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2021 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

1 Kat Apel at katswhiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at https://timgels.com
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

4 thoughts on “Why Is It #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

  1. Thanks for another wonderful little poem!

    It brought to mind a bird activity from the Leopold Education Project in which participants simulate a morning bird chorus. Have you seen that? If not, I’ll have to a) see if I can find it, and b) get it to you. You’d love it!

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