Progressive Poem 2019

Today I jump into the middle of a poem-in-the-making along with 29 other blogging poets. I am not going to kid you, this is an intimidating adventure for me, as I consider myself truly a novice poet. I am sharing company with some very gifted writers who inspire me greatly.

At Day 11, I am nearly at the midpoint of our song lyric poem. I’m happy to say that song lyrics are a happy place for me to be. Music has always, and continues to be a big part of my life. Music inspires me, uplifts me, and often helps me cope with life’s challenges that come and go, often without warning.

The 10 lines so far have placed the setting – I see a beautiful summer day and sense a completely carefree spirit in the text. It makes me think of July here where I live. I’m smack-dab in the middle of summer, with NO THOUGHT of returning to school anytime soon.  Instead, I am seeing only endless warm summer days ahead of me with no demands on my time other than making a decision between going for a hike or paddle boarding for the day!

Just the other night a Facebook friend posted that he was joyfully spending the morning listening to The Carpenters. I instantly was transported back in time to elementary school when I would sing along with Karen Carpenter with all the passion my 8 year-old heart could give! I knew I would find just the right line from a Carpenters song to add.

Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school- just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.

You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
it’s the chance of a lifetime,
make it last forever–ready? Set? Let’s Go!

Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes

Found Lines:
L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/ Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”

And now I hand off the baton to my friend, Margaret Simon @ Reflections on the Teche. Can’t wait to see where we go next, Margaret!




13 thoughts on “Progressive Poem 2019

  1. Hi, Dani! Yes, I’m going to have trouble choosing from among the many many many many lyrics that live in my head when my turn comes. I think it’s helpful to start narrowing down the possibilities! I’m currently leaning towards the b52’s, but who knows what will be needed by April 19.

    Thanks for the Carpenters experience–your line brings a light mood to the poem!

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  2. lindabaie says:

    I love the Carpenters, maybe time to listen since we now have snow again! Your line takes me on that walk “sun in my eyes” wondering what the day will bring! Lovely image!

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  3. Oh, so glad to see a line from the Carpenters. I saw them in concert as a young teenager. It was more important to me than the Elvis concert that my sister (14 years older than me), treated me too that summer. Of course, she was over the moon about the Elvis concert, but the Carpenters made my heart happy. Love how you’ve maintained the dazzling blue with your line, not a cloud in the sky. Although the dazzling blue could be the water too.

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  4. Karen Carpenter has to have been one of my favorite voices ever. Love that our walk is on such a bright sunny day, imagining the sunglasses and all the fun ahead in our poem. Line by line this poem develops and I am always surprised. Right now all this sunshine is just what we need.

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  5. Ahhh… yay for a line from The Carpenters. I’m chiming in with memories of listening to them when I was a kid, too – probably around the same age! Welcome to the Progressive Poem adventures, and thanks for keeping the sun shining, :0)

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