Thursday, April 13, 2023

Progressive Poem is Here!


Hello! How's everyone doing this NPM? How are those poetry projects cooking? I know we can all get to feeling a big saggy in the middle...keep going! Future You is going to be SO HAPPY come May 1!

It's my pleasure to add a line to this year's Progressive Poem. So much gratitude to Margaret for keeping this tradition going!

I'm following Dave...and will hand it off to Janice. My line below in purple.

Here's the poem so far:

Suddenly everything fell into place
like raindrops hitting soil and sinking in.

When morning first poked me, I’d wished it away
my mind in the mist, muddled, confused.

Was this a dream, or reality, rousing my response?
The sun surged, urging me to join in its rising

Rising like a crystal ball reflecting on morning dew.
I jumped out of bed, ready to explore the day.

My feet pull me outside and into the garden
Where lilies and bees weave…but wait! What’s that?

A bevy of bunnies jart and dart and play in the clover.
A dog barks and flash, the bunderstorm is over.

I breathe—brave, quiet. Like a seed.

Here's this year's (brave! brilliant!) participating poets:

April 1 Mary Lee Hahn, Another Year of Reading
April 2 Heidi Mordhorst, My Juicy Little Universe
April 3 Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 4 Buffy Silverman
April 5 Rose Cappelli, Imagine the Possibilities
April 6 Donna Smith, Mainely Write
April 7 Margaret Simon, Reflections on the Teche
April 8 Leigh Anne, A Day in the Life
April 9 Linda Mitchell, A Word Edgewise
April 10 Denise Krebs, Dare to Care
April 11 Emma Roller, Penguins and Poems
April 12 Dave Roller, Leap Of Dave
April 13 Irene Latham Live Your Poem
April 14 Janice Scully, Salt City Verse
April 15 Jone Rush MacCulloch
April 16 Linda Baie TeacherDance
April 17 Carol Varsalona, Beyond Literacy Link
April 18 Marcie Atkins
April 19 Carol Labuzzetta at The Apples in My Orchard 
April 20 Cathy Hutter, Poeturescapes
April 21 Sarah Grace Tuttle at Sarah Grace Tuttle’s Blog,
April 22 Marilyn Garcia
April 23 Catherine at Reading to the Core
April 24 Janet Fagal, hosted by Tabatha, The Opposite of Indifference
April 25 Ruth, There is no Such Thing as a God-Forsaken Town
April 26 Patricia J. Franz, Reverie
April 27 Theresa Gaughan, Theresa’s Teaching Tidbits
April 28 Karin Fisher-Golton, Still in Awe Blog
April 29 Karen Eastlund, Karen’s Got a Blog
April 30 Michelle Kogan Illustration, Painting, and Writing


  1. I love your line. A seed of....promise? hope? idea? Oh where will Janice take us. Happy to be part of this again. Always been a favorite for me. As always thank you for everything, Irene.

  2. My mind is taking a few leaps to various places & that's what your line has done, Irene. The possibility of growing makes me smile! Have a great rest of the week!

  3. Irene, I love the reference to breathe-brave and quiet give me additional insight into the character. Adding the word see provides a visual image of growth. Thank you for this moment to ponder.

  4. Lovely. Thanks for giving us a minute to breathe, and remember that we're in a garden. And something is going to have to be jumbled so it can fall into place...

  5. Beautiful, Irene. Like a seed is an apt simile. No worries in bunderstorms for this brave adventurer.

  6. A captivating line breath, brave and quiet all wrapped together–wonderful, thanks!

  7. I appreciate the simplicity here, and the pause after the bevy and bunderstorm!


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