Monday, April 5, 2021

Progressive Poem is Here!


So many thanks to Margaret for coordinating us in this annual tradition! I love how full of surprises this collaborative poem is... and I'm delighted to be a part of it.

Thank you, Kat, for setting us on a kindness journey... and to those poets before me for offering such lovely choices. We're off to a grand start.

Donna scurried in yesterday afternoon with this choice for me:

Let me cleanse the world like a rising tide

As a force of nature, I'll be undenied

And because Donna IS a force of nature, here we are:

I’m a case of kindness – come and catch me if you can!
Easily contagious – sharing smiles is my plan.
I'll spread my joy both far and wide,
As a force of nature I'll be undenied.

I"m thinking we should move into some specifics, yes? Dear Jan, now it's up to you to choose:

See that child sharing grapes with a friend?


Words like, "how can I help?" will bloom in the street.

(Jan,  I tried to keep the ending words rhyme-friendly!) Whee! Be sure and follow Kindness along by visiting these inspiring blogs:

April 1 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers

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
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


  1. Nice additions, Irene! It's going to be a loving poem, just right for our times! Have a wonderful week!

  2. Love both of the lines and the easy rhymes provided. Such fun to watch it grow.

  3. Both great lines that offer beautiful images. It will be fun to think about all the possibilities of kindness in the world.

  4. Ah, a lovely set of choices and I agree the focus on kindness is just what we need!
    Janet Clare F.

  5. Yay to getting into the nitty-gritty of the stuff of the matter! Oh, what a joyous poem!

  6. Yes, I like the specifics! Thanks for moving us along!

  7. Nice! I agree that we need more specifics. Can't wait to see what everyone will come up with!

  8. Two fine lines for Jan to play with--great images.

  9. Yes, we are ready for acts of kindness. And these are lovely.
    Thankyou, Irene.

  10. Wonder who else will lend a hand… And yes to specifics wherever it meanders.

  11. What a beautiful "acts of kindness' poem it is already. Irene, I love the line you chose and your offerings to Jan. This is s much fun!

  12. Irene, I am on the trail to kindness with you. What a great idea to have the child engage in a random act of kindness.

  13. Carol said it well... great options for our poetic journey! :0)

  14. I'm a bit late catching up on everyone's additions to the poem ... I went right back to the start so I could see it unfolding. I love the images you've offered here. :-)


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