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Life on the Deckle Edge

2014 Kidlitosphere PROGRESSIVE POEM parks here today...

April 16, 2014

Tags: Poetry Month, Progressive Poem, poetry

Happy Wednesday - Here, pull up a rock. We're halfway through the week and halfway through our 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem! I’m thrilled to participate again in one my favorite adventures for National Poetry Month, a poem that travels from blog to blog, adding a line each day. It's the creation of my good friend and fellow SCBWI Southern Breezer, Irene Latham. (Click over to Irene’s Live Your Poem as links are updated each day.) Tamera left me some special treasures yesterday with a "merry hen" and "sapphire eggs." Here we go, with my line added at the end:

Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe

Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;

Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,

Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?

Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone.

The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?

Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey

Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.

But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?

Time to be tactical— I'll ask my friends what I should stow.

And in one breath, a honeyed word whispered low— dreams

Whose voice? I turned to see. I was shocked. Irene's

“Each voyage starts with tattered maps; your dreams dance on this page.

Determine these dreams—then breathe them! Engage your inner sage."

The merry hen said, “Take my sapphire eggs to charm your host.”

I tuck them close – still warm - then take my first step toward the coast.

I'm curious about those sapphire eggs – are they gifts of beauty? or will they be scrambled up for some enchanted meal? or do they contain baby merry hens who will peck their way out later in the poem? These will be the decisions of future contributors! For my line, I opted for a pivot as our narrator journeys to…. exactly where? Well, the poem itself travels to the bayou tomorrow, where our lovely Margaret will pen the next line at Reflections on the Teche. Grab your compass and follow along!


  1. April 16, 2014 7:11 AM EDT
    Of course YOU, Robyn, would send the poem to the coast! I love it. So very you! xo
    - Irene Latham
  2. April 16, 2014 7:35 AM EDT
    Lovely line, Robyn! Protagonist is traveling toward the coast with eggs still warm. When I read it, I heard myself say ooh...
    - Tamera
  3. April 16, 2014 7:59 AM EDT
    Irene - ha! Thanks. I couldn't help myself; it's where my mind and feet are. ;0)

    Thanks, Tamera, and thanks for those wonderful eggs!
    - Robyn Black
  4. April 16, 2014 8:13 AM EDT
    Don't hold those eggs too close, the Easter Bunny may have need of them this weekend!
    - Diane Mayr
  5. April 16, 2014 8:22 AM EDT
    At last we're off, Robyn. Your wonderful line connects me with other noble travelers, off on the quest with emerald eggs, and now I wonder what else, or with whom?
    - Linda Baie
  6. April 16, 2014 8:52 AM EDT
    Hi, Diane - now there's some narrative tension! ;0)

    Linda, I can't wait to find out either! And I'm also a little relieved to pass the baton....
    - Robyn Black
  7. April 16, 2014 9:37 AM EDT
    Such mysteries still yet to unfold! I wait with bated breath. Well done, Robyn, on conveying the preciousness of the cargo with "tuck" and "still warm."
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  8. April 16, 2014 10:02 AM EDT
    Thanks, Michelle! (And the eggs go off to Margaret...) ;0)
    - Robyn Black
  9. April 16, 2014 11:39 AM EDT
    Do not count your chickens before they are hatched! I wonder, were there three eggs, as in many stories? What could each egg be used for, or what does each symbolize? Or will it be what comes from each egg? Why sapphire? Why "merry"? What's to discover at the coast? So many little time...Can we go through May?
    - Donna Smith
  10. April 16, 2014 11:46 AM EDT
    Donna, Ha! Yes, the writers on tap for the last half of the month have quite the task, don't they?
    - Robyn Black
  11. April 16, 2014 2:07 PM EDT
    I love meandering through these lines. Lovely addition, Robyn.
    - Doraine Bennett
  12. April 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT
    Me too, Doraine - & thanks!
    - Robyn Black
  13. April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT
    I haven't checked in on this in a few days. Good line, Robyn! I like that you are steering our character in a definite direction.
    - Carrie Finison
  14. April 16, 2014 6:43 PM EDT
    They're still warm? Will they hatch?? I like the "close" "coast" sounds.
    - Tabatha
  15. April 16, 2014 7:52 PM EDT
    Where'd those hens come from?!?!
    And what will they hatch into on the coast?!?!
    The plot chickens (HA! somebody else wrote that book!!)!!
    - Mary Lee Hahn
  16. April 16, 2014 9:34 PM EDT
    Hi, Carrie - thanks! And where shall we go from here? Hmmm...

    Tabatha, I wonder, I wonder - and thanks!

    Mary Lee, perhaps you've been sipping some eggnog?! ;0) Too funny!
    - Robyn Black
  17. April 16, 2014 11:42 PM EDT
    And off we go! With our little the water. What an enchanted adventure we are taking together. :)
    - Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
  18. April 17, 2014 12:02 AM EDT
    Hi, Amy - such wonderful company for the trip!
    - Robyn Black
  19. April 17, 2014 10:27 PM EDT
    Oh,those warm eggs! I can't wait to see what they become! : )
    - Linda
  20. April 17, 2014 10:38 PM EDT
    I like thinking of the eggs in an abstract form - that they are symbols of inspiration, wisdom, revelation. And your line neither confirms this nor denies I'm looking forward to seeing where we go from here!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  21. April 17, 2014 10:44 PM EDT
    Love that your line is warm and sheltering, yet taking the first step on the adventure.
    - Buffy
  22. April 17, 2014 11:27 PM EDT
    Hi, Linda - I can't wait to see either! :0)

    Matt, many thanks. Wanted to leave that open to future interpretation, and I'm sure there will be surprises we haven't thought of...

    Thanks, Buffy! I like comfort, but I did think it was time in the poem (and on our poem's calendar) to head out. I wonder where our steps will take us?
    - Robyn Black

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