The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, brainchild of Irene Latham, took a different turn this year. Matt started us off with a borrowed song line, and suggested that we compose through communal borrowing. All fine and good if you have some knowledge of song lyrics. That might have been me in my youth, but now, not so much. So how the heck will I continue this journey of our narrator who is smiling on summer, leaning out the window to Kodachrome days (observed by an unseen narrator), walking with some unknown and possibly tenuous “we” for the chance of a lifetime, seizing the sky, the day, the waves, closer and closer to ? Yikes, I have no idea, but will take a break in my rambling to search for something.
I’m back. The spouse and I went to see Beautiful, The Carole King Musical when it came to Kalamazoo a few weeks ago. I started searching through some Carole King songs, and found uncertainty, grief, and lyrics about you (that, I realize now, was a large part of the musical.) Hmmm… Maybe I should stick with Heidi’s turn to we, and explore this possibly new relationship. But then I wondered if Heidi’s line could be about a physical destination that represents the relationship? Like, possibly, someplace Way Over Yonder? I’m not sure my wandering has advanced the poem, but will leave it to Michelle to find our path. Happy PassoverEasterSpringSaturday!
Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem 2019
Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles.
No time for school – just time to play,
we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day.
You had only to rise, lean from your window,
the curtain opens on a portrait of today.
Kodachrome greens, dazzling blue,
It’s the chance of a lifetime,
make it last forever-ready? Set? Let’s Go!
Come, we’ll take a walk, the sun is shining down,
Not a cloud in the sky got the sun in my eyes.
Tomorrow’s here. It’s called today.
Gonna get me a piece o’ the sky.
I wanna fly like an eagle, to the sea
and there’s a tiger in my veins.
Oh, won’t you come with me waltzing the waves,
diving the deep?
It’s not easy to know
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs
I do not have a Spotify account to update this, but here’s THE PLAYLIST!
L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endless Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’/Dean Martin, “When You’re Smiling”
L3 The Jamies, “Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors, ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’ / Led Zeppelin, ‘Good Times, Bad Times’
L5 Ray Bradbury, ‘Dandelion Wine’
L6 Joni Mitchell, “Chelsea Morning”
L7 Paul Simon, “Kodachrome,” “Dazzling Blue”
L8 Dan Fogelberg, “Run for the Roses”
L9 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”/Will Smith, “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
L10 The Beatles, “Good Day Sunshine”
L11 The Carpenters, “Top of the World”
L12 Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Underneath the Lovely London Sky” from MARY POPPINS
L13 Carole King, “Hi-de-ho (That Sweet Roll)”
L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15 Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16 Nowlenn Leroy, “Song of the Sea” (lullaby)
L17 Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18 Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M., “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
Here’s the journey our poem has taken, and where it’s headed next:
1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
2 Kat @Kathryn Apel
3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
4 Jone @DeoWriter
5 Linda @TeacherDance
6 Tara @Going to Walden
7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write