Monday, April 15, 2013

2013 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

This poem, the brainchild of Irene Latham of the blog Live Your Poem, began 14 bloggers ago, and has grown since then, one line per blogger at a time (see sidebar for complete list). Today, smack dab in the middle of the poem, it's my turn.

When you listen to your footsteps
the words become music and
the rhythm that you’re rapping gets your fingers tapping, too.
Your pen starts dancing across the page
a private pirouette, a solitary samba until
smiling, you’re beguiling as your love comes shining through.

Pause a moment in your dreaming, hear the whispers
of the words, one dancer to another, saying
Listen, that’s our cue! Mind your meter. Find your rhyme.
Ignore the trepidation while you jitterbug and jive.
Arm in arm, toe to toe, words begin to wiggle and flow
as your heart starts singing let your mind keep swinging

From life’s trapeze, like a clown on the breeze.
Swinging upside down, throw and catch new sounds--

Take a risk, try a trick; break a sweat: safety net? 


  1. Ah, nice touch of humor, Mary Lee! And truth. Good to take risks, even if difficult... safety nets are often invisible. Thank you so much!

  2. Anonymous8:13 AM

    Great line, Mary Lee!I like "risk", "trick", and "break"! And "sweat"/"net"...wonderful. Nice work!

  3. I like that this is in stanza no. 3; it's turning a bit, good to see your new ideas, Mary Lee.

  4. I love how you remind us that we need to take risks. And step out of our comfort zones to try something new. Nice line, Mary Lee.

  5. You've taken a little "risk" here breaking up those wafting lines with these fun choppy images! Thanks - who knows what will come next? :0)

  6. Oh the need for that "safety net" gets me every time! Great line, Mary Lee!

  7. I love all of the soundplay in your line, Mary Lee. The net made me think of basketball! Maybe it was the entrance of that clown...

  8. Perfect! Love the way it feels in my mouth!

  9. Fun line! Thank you!

  10. The alliteration and assonance make for a fun line to read, and the short sentences kick up the energy!

  11. I love the rhythm of your line!

  12. Oh yes--you threw some new sounds, all right! These short, punchy phrases really jazz things up. I can see dropping from the trapeze into the boxing ring next...

  13. I love how this poem makes writing seem like dancing along the page


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