Archive for April 11th, 2022

And here is today’s new line from poet Janet Clare Fagal, a blogless soul who posts on Facebook as Janet Clare and whose poems can be found in a variety of anthologies (pictured below), and online at nlapw.org. If you are not a Facebook friend, please send Janet a request if you would like to connect!

I am happy to be participating once again in the Poetry Friday Progressive Poem! Thanks to Margaret for hosting me this year.

 Such an adventure we have begun. I tried a little formatting to get a feel for the bones of our poem, but please feel free to try your own version as we move along down the path!  For my line, I found one from Neil Gaiman, and using my poetic license, I adapted/edited the line to make it work a bit better for the poem. I am eager to pass the poem to my friend Jone Rush MacCulloch!

Don’t we all love the adventure of April in this wonderfully creative Blogosphere of Kidlitosphere poets and writers! I am so glad you started this Progressive Poem, Irene, I look forward to it every April.

Where they were going, there were no maps.

              Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today.                   

Take the adventure, heed the call, now ere the irrevocable moment passes!

              We have to go back. I forgot something.

But it’s spring, and the world is puddle-wonderful, so we’ll whistle and dance and set off on our way.

              Come with me, and you’ll be in a land of pure imagination.

Wherever you go, take your hopes, pack your dreams, and never forget – it is on our journeys that discoveries are made.

                 And then it was time for singing.

Can you sing with all the voices of the mountain, paint with all the colors of the wind, freewheeling through an endless diamond sky?

 Suddenly, they stopped and realized they weren’t the only ones singing.

                (Now for my addition! An adapted line from Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman.)

Listen, a chattering of monkeys! Let’s smell the dawn and taste the moonlight, we’ll watch it all spread out before us.

Lines 1 -11, poet and where they are from:

  1.     Irene  (The Imaginaries)
  2.     Donna (The Hobbit)
  3.     Catherine F. (The Wind in The Willows)
  4.     Mary Lee (Walk Two Moons)
  5.     Buffy Silverman (a bit from e.e. cummings)
  6.     Linda Mitchell (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
  7.     Kim Johnson (from Maybe by Kobi Yamada)
  8.     Rose Cappelli (Sarah, Plain and Tall)
  9.     Carol Varsalona (Disney Songs)
  10. Linda Baie (The Other Way to Listen.)
  11. Janet Clare Fagal (line adaptation from Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman)

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