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Life on the Deckle Edge

2018 Kidlitopshere Progressive Poem Parks HERE today!


Happy Saturday from the Lowcountry, where jasmine is in bloom all over town! Welcome to today's edition of the 2018 KidLit Progressive Poem.


Heidi posted a "Pre-Progressive Poem Post" this year with some background and visiting with Progressive Poem creator Irene.  Liz dropped by, too!  They challenged each contributor to jot down responses to Liz's first line, put them away, and then bring them back out to see how close or far the poem had meandered from initial impressions. 

I was way off! ;0)


Here is Liz's first line:


Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.


Here were my notes:


--Perhaps she does not know what she'll become?  Kind of Ugly-ducklingish.  There will be growing pains – and sun, rain, wind, insects and spiders and the padding of feet, each new day a bit longer than the one before.  She might be acres inside of an untouched wood, or perhaps she is being tended by someone.  Perhaps she will be loved like the Little Prince loved the rose. She is fragile now, but curious.  She will find her way.


Turns out our main character Jasmine actually likes night life best!


Here's the poem with my line added.  Linda Kulp Trout left me with a lovely line, which I ended with a comma to help modify its first part in my addition.



Nestled in her cozy bed, a seed stretched.


Oh, what wonderful dreams she had!


Blooming in midnight moonlight, dancing with


the pulse of a thousand stars, sweet Jasmine


invented a game.


"Moon?" she called across warm honeyed air.


"I'm sad you're alone; come join Owl and me.


We're feasting on stardrops, we'll share them with you."


"Come find me," Moon called, hiding behind a cloud.


Secure in gentle talons' embrace, Jasmine rose


and set. She split, twining up Owl's toes, pale


moonbeams sliding in between, Whoosh, Jasmine goes.


Owl flew Jasmine between clouds and moon to Lee's party!


Moon, that wily bright balloon, was NOT alone.


Jas grinned,








                            a new,


around          tender



a trellis Sky held out to her, made of braided wind and song.


Her green melody line twisted and clung.


Because she was twining poet's jasmine, she


wiggled a wink back at Moon, and began her poem.


Her whispered words floated on a puff of wind,


filled with light and starsong.  "Revelers, lean in –




With the poem about two-thirds of the way finished, I wanted to offer a little push-glide on its way toward the end of the month. I had printed out the poem and took with me to my studio Friday.  My Muse works best if I'm not trying to stare her down, but if I make myself available in the periphery.  I had also heard that the Lyrid Meteor Shower would be at its peak on April 22-23, and this image wanted to come play in my line.  Of course, there was really no room for it, except that I imagined Jasmine's words, after floating in Linda's line, showering down in some sparkly display. 


And now it's Tabatha's turn – if you didn't get a chance to join the IMPERFECT release celebration yesterday when she hosted Poetry Friday, I'm sure there's still some lopsided cake left!


Here is the poem's complete path:




1 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass

2 Jane at Raincity Librarian

3 Laura at Writing the World for Kids

4 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty

5 Jan at bookseedstudio

6 Irene at Live Your Poem

7 Linda at TeacherDance

8 Janet F. at Live Your Poem

9 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page

10 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

11 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales

12 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink

13 Linda A Word Edgewise

14 Heidi at  my juicy little universe

15 Donna at Mainely Write

16 Sarah at Sarah Grace Tuttle

17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a Godforsaken town

18 Christie at Wondering and Wandering

19 Michelle at Michelle Kogan

20 Linda at Write Time

21 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge

22 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference

23 The Poem Farm

24 A Year of Reading

25 Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge

26 No Water River

27 Buffy's Blog

28 Kat's Whiskers

29 April atTeaching Authors

30 Doraine at Dori Reads


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