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


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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15 Responses to Progressive Poem 2017

  1. Jone, I’m here late to appreciate your contribution to the ProgPoem–the lines keep getting longer and the adventure deeper! Nice string of s-syllables. Thanks!

  2. It is fitting you were piped aboard in the spirit of your grandad Am riding the waves with this poem. Such a seaworthy heritage you have!

  3. What a trip we’re on! (I’m playing catch-up after the haiku conference weekend.) I also love the family history connection; no wonder you could supply sumptuous details in your line. Thanks!!

  4. Wonderful line! Love that your grandfather sailed the seas. One of mine was a school principal and math teacher.

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  6. I love the connection with your grandfather. And the “speeds away” adds to the adventure.

  7. Love the connection with your grandfather, I once sailed on a 4-masted schooner in Maine. Thanks for this adventurous line! I’m wondering where this will move by the end of the week . . .

  8. How cool that you are gifting us with some family history…and setting us sailing on the journey! Wonderful line.

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  10. Donna Smith says:

    Aweigh, away! Yay!
    Amazingly, my grandfather also sailed on ships in Newfoundland and Labrador!

  11. Ramona says:

    And now I need to google topsail schooner so I have a vision of this ship! Love the family connection for you.

  12. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I, too, find the passing of the torch to be fortuitous for your family is now part of the ongoing tale. Ruth needs to help us know the location of the travels for our young heroine.

  13. lindabaie says:

    Wonderful that you have been given this line connected to your grandfather, Jone. Now what wonders will happen with those “sails unfurled”?

  14. margaretsmn says:

    The back and forth of s sounds sends us sailing on the waves of the sea.

  15. Irene Latham says:

    I love the serendipity of your family history and when this poem landed in your lap… our hero is on quite an adventure, isn’t s/he? Thank you, Jone!

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