Sunday Solace: Week 16

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Progressive Poem 2017

The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem began in 2012 as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month (April) as a community of writers. This year we’ve focused on creating a kid-friendly poem filled with pirates, dragons, and high sea adventures.

2017 Progressive Poem

This poem is full on adventure!  And thanks to Donna’s line yesterday, we are on a clipper ship.  This is so cool because my grandfather sailed on a three-masted schooner.

I’m fidget, friction, ragged edges–
I sprout stories that frazzle-dazzle,
stories of castles, of fires that crackle
with dragonwords that smoke and sizzle.

But edges sometimes need sandpaper,
like swords need stone and clouds need vapour.
So I shimmy out of my spurs and armour
facing the day as my fickle, freckled self.

I thread the crowd, wear freedom in my smile,
and warm to the coals of conversation.
Enticed to the stage by strands of story,
I skip up the stairs in anticipation.

Flip around, face the crowd, and freeze!
Shiver me. Look who’s here. Must I disappear?
By hook or by crook, I deserve a second look!
I cheer. Please, have no fear. Find the book.

But wait! I’ll share the lines I know by heart.
Mythicalhowls, fierytones slip from my lip
Blue scales flash, claws rip, the prophecy begins
Dragonworld weaves webs that grip. I take a trip…

“Anchors aweigh!” Steadfast at helm on clipper ship,
a topsail schooner, with sails unfurled, speeds away

Looking forward to Ruth at There’s No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town for the next line

April

1 Heidi at my juicy little universe
2 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
5 Diane at Random Noodling
6 Kat at Kat’s Whiskers
7 Irene at Live Your Poem
8 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
9 Linda at TeacherDance
10 Penny at blog-a- penny-and- her-jots
11 Ramona at Pleasures from the Page
12 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
13 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
14 Jan at Bookseedstudio
15 Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales
16 Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy
17 Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
19 Pat at Writer on a Horse
20 BJ at Blue Window
21 Donna at Mainely Write
22 Jone at Jone Ruch MacCulloch
23 Ruth at There’s No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Matt at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
28 Michelle at Michelle Kogan
29 Charles at Poetry Time
30 Laura Purdie Salas at Writing the World for Kids

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NaPoWriMo 04/22/2017: Saturday Shadorma: Red Dragonfly

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This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson.  You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.

red dragonfly

dragonfly
red as the rose hips
from autumn’s
garden tea
today a sacred symbol
for our Mother Earth

© 2017, jone rush macculloch

 

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Poetry Friday: NaPoWriMo 04/21/2017: Wooly Caterpillar

Poetry Friday is held over at  The Opposite of Indifference.  Thanks, Tabatha.

poetryfriday

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This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson.  You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.

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woolycatepillar17A
weather
predictor
by its thirteen bands
This fuzzy worm inches along

© 2017, jone rush macculloch
photo by Christy Peterson

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac, The Infinite Spider

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NaPoWriMo 04/20/2017: Blue Damselfly

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This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson.  You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.

blue damselfly

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A found poem from The Mind of Aquarius

Joy

very ancient
jewel-like coloring
reflecting our own true colors
fast flight
dazzling aerial feats
of
light and joy
they show up
in times of change
and remind us
life is never quite the way it appears
so
allow your own light to shine forth.

© jone rush macculloch
photo by Christy Peterson

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Wordless Wednesday: Week 16

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NaPoWriMo 04/19/2017: Praying Mantis

2017 NaPoWriMo1

This month, I am collaborating with nonfiction author and photographer, Christy Peterson.  You are invited to write and submit a poem based on the photo in the comments.

praying mantis

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Sijo is a Korean poetic form older than haiku.  The traditional for is three lines of  14-16 syllables in each line.  The modern form is six lines of 7-8 syllables each.

For EJ

On a morning walk, I notice
a praying mantis perched on the fence
its peaceful eyes follows me

I return to share the sighting
but there’s a painful silence
where laughter once filled the room

©2017, jone rush macculloch
photo by Christy Peterson

Backstory:  On Tuesday, a former student, now a sixth grader, passed away from a lengthy illness.  He was a dear kid with a big personality.

 

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