Progressive Poem 2020 is Here!

The Kidlit 2020 Progressive Poem is here at Dani’s blog site, but Dani’s not here.  She’s having tech issues, so Margaret Simon is stepping in to keep the ball rolling, so to speak.

Yesterday, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater offered her choices for the next step.

It’s a basket of goodies…and Little Red!
It’s a campfire. I follow my nose. I see
For Dani, I chose the campfire line because it appeals to my senses.  I love the smell of a campfire. Here’s the poem with this line added:

Sweet violets shimmy, daffodils sway
along the wiregrass path to the lake.
I carry a rucksack of tasty cakes
and a banjo passed down from my gram.

I follow the tracks of deer and raccoon
and echo the call of a wandering loon.
A whispering breeze joins in our song
and night melts into a rose gold dawn.

Deep into nature’s embrace, I fold.
Promise of spring helps shake the cold.
Hints of sun lightly dapple the trees
calling out the sleepy bees.

Leaf-litter crackles…I pause. Twig snaps.
I gasp! Shudder! Breathe out. Relax…
as a whitetail doe comes into view.
She shifts and spotted fawns debut.

We freeze. My green eyes and her brown
Meet and lock. Time slows down.
I scatter the cakes, backing away
Safely exiting this strange ballet.

I continue the path that winds down to the lake.
Missing my breakfast for beauty’s sake.
But wait, what’s that delicious smell?
Something familiar, I know so well.

It’s a campfire. I follow my nose. I see

Robyn Hood Black will take the baton next.  Here are two lines she can choose from:

Option 1: a circle of friends waving at me.

Option 2: the very place I’m meant to be.

To follow the progression, here is the list of bloggers in order of appearance:

1 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
2 Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, deowriter
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at A Journey through the Pages
7 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel, hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth,
24 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
28 Jessica Bigi hosted at Mainly Write
29 Fran Haley at lit bits and pieces
30 Michelle Kogan


12 thoughts on “Progressive Poem 2020 is Here!

  1. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    Oh, such fun! I know what I’d pick! It was fun to hand off to you, Dani! Take good care. Good luck with your tech…and hello, Margaret! xx

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  2. Ooohhh- great lines to choose from! Thank you, Dani, and thank you, Margaret, for clearing the technical brush from the path (happens to all of us at one time or another!) so we can continue to make our way. Virtual poetry hugs all around! (Adjusts cap, rolls up sleeves, wiggles fingers…)

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  3. lindabaie says:

    I liked Amy’s lines yesterday, now the one you chose, then the two for Robyn, nearer to ? Well done, Dani! Sorry for tech issues. They seem to appear at the very wrong time!

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  4. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love that you chose the campfire, and I know which of the two lines offered next I like. We’ll see which one Robyn chooses. The poem seems to be headed toward a happy ending. Tech issues are no fun–especially these days. Good luck!

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  5. Dani, I am sorry for your technical difficulties. I am dreading having to call our internet service providers for two different issues. The campfire smell is intoxicating and always notes a joyous occasion to socialize. Margaret’s choices are just what we need to move a bit further. Let’s see.


  6. Janet F. says:

    So glad to have your choice (Margaret/Dani…tech issues grrrrr) ….love the campfire and your choices. Off to see where Robyn takes us. Waving to our friends, oh who is there and what is next or maybe….. it is the exact place to be….a party? a festival? a hammock? Hmmmm.


  7. Time for me to finish up this happy journey. I can’t decide between the two lines, love that circle of friends! But something about winding up in the place I’m meant to be satisfies the soul. It will be fun to see what Robyn chooses.


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