The 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem Arrives…and Ends: Line 30

 

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This has been the journey of our 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem:


1 Charles at Poetry Time
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Donna at Mainely Write
4 Anastasia at Poet! Poet!
5 Carrie at Story Patch
6 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
7 Pat at Writer on a Horse
8 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
9 Diane at Random Noodling
10 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
11 Linda at Write Time
12 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
13 Janet at Live Your Poem
14 Deborah at Show–Not Tell
15 Tamera at The Writer’s Whimsy
16 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
17 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Julie at The Drift Record
20 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
21 Renee at No Water River
22 Laura at Author Amok
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Linda at TeacherDance
25 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
26 Lisa at Lisa Schroeder Books
27 Kate at Live Your Poem
28 Caroline at Caroline Starr Rose
29 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town

Each contributor has ruminated and worried and sweated over building this poem line by line.  As I’ve followed its progress,  ideas about where this poem will go change every day with each new line – so many surprises and flights of fancy! My anxiety, of course, increased every day – there I was, slotted for the last line, and feeling the pressure of that particular spot.  Should I return to those “warnings written in the rune”? And, what about that “honeyed word whispered low—dreams” ? But along came, and tantalizingly so,  the “sapphire eggs to charm your host.”  I was mulling this over, weighing possibilities, magical and luminescent possibilities, when Ruth surprised me with yesterday’s omelet!  Which brought me back to Kate’s line: 

“I found a bird, I found a song, I found a word,” I say.

The word “dream” repeated a few times, and the entrance of “A boy, with hair in wild waves and eyes blue as the sea” left me thinking that he had to be part of the poem’s resolution.  So, here it is…

Three Blue Eggs

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.

This journey will not make me rich, and yet I long to be
Like luminescent jellyfish, awash in mystery.

I turn and whisper, “Won’t you come?” to all the beasts and birds
And listen while they scamper, their answers winging words:

“Take these steps alone to start; each journey is an art.
You are your own best company. Now it’s time to depart!”

I blow a kiss. I hike for days, blue eggs pressed to my chest.
One evening’s rest, campfire low, shifting shadows brought a guest.

A boy, with hair in wild waves and eyes blue as the sea,
Says, “You’ve traveled far. What did you find—your best discovery?”

“I found a bird, I found a song, I found a word,” I say.
The hidden eggs, I make them known. “I’ve brought these on the way.”

We share an omelet and some talk; is my quest at an end?

For now my dreams dance along with a gentle blue eyed friend.

So, there we are- what an adventure!  Thank you, Irene, for setting us off on our way, and everyone else who participated, commented, and cheered us along the way.

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16 thoughts on “The 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem Arrives…and Ends: Line 30

  1. Ah, yes. I knew it had to end with friend, and you did with such grace, dreams dancing and gentle blue eyes. I love how this project worked this year. A very fine product.

  2. Awww…and it ends with a friend. How very perfect!! Thank you, Tara for that grace note. And to everyone: what fun this has been! I love the experience of peeking into your vibrant minds through these lines. Inspiring, and leaves me cozy. I think we should do it again next year. 🙂

  3. You’ve made it all work together wonderfully, Tara. What a quest, for you and for this traveler. It feels good that she/he has a friend for company along the way. Thanks Irene, what a wonderful month of anticipation, then appreciation.

  4. Those eggs turned out to be food for thought, didn’t they? Food for dreams, maybe I should say. By the way, Tara, the progressive poem is the last stop on Savvy Verse & Wit’s National Poetry Month tour — there will be a post that links here this afternoon.

  5. Tara,
    Lovely ending to a fun and lovely poem. I am so glad I joined in this year. Every day I followed with anticipation of what the next writer would add. Friendship at the end of a quest. What we all desire!

    Thank you, Irene!

  6. If you’re going to make an omelet, you gotta crack a few eggs, isn’t that what they say? I didn’t get a chance to comment on either of the last two lines, so let me say now that I think you & Ruth really did a great job concluding our journey! Like Kate, I’m impressed by the fact the poem feels very solid – almost like we had a plan all along! And the fact that it rhymed made it that much harder…and more impressive. Well done, everyone!

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