Poetry Friday: Progressive Poem and More

This is my third year participating in The Progressive Poem. Irene got us started off with a line she lifted from The Imaginaries by Emily Winfield Martin. So far the poem has taken an interesting path – a conversation, a feeling of reluctance, but then clearly some encouragement. I have the feeling that a journey is just beginning. It’s been a week now and everyone has followed that lead of using words from another source. Since I spent the week revisiting some of the work of Patricia MacLachlan as a tribute to her memory, I knew I wanted to use her words.

Here is the poem so far:

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.

Here’s my contribution that comes from Sarah, Plain and Tall:

And then it was time for singing.

But wait, there’s more. My Poetry Friday project has been going well. Here’s a tanka I wrote about the blue poppies on display at Longwood Gardens for a few short weeks each spring. They grow in the Himalayas and are thought to be a symbol of possibility and potential.

Blue Poppy

rising like mountains
to borrow blue from the sky
rare poppies stand tall,
shout of possibility
and vast potential
Draft, 2022 Rose Cappelli

Janice has the poetry round up this week at Salt City Verse.

If you want to follow the Progressive Poem, here’s the list of contributors:

1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing

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29 Responses to Poetry Friday: Progressive Poem and More

  1. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    Blue poppies – How wonderful. In your first two lines – I can see these flowers “borrowing blue from the sky.” I also love the line you added to the progressive poem. She will be missed in the literature world.

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  3. Yes, singing! A wonderful thing to do when one is on an adventure. Ditto what Leigh Anne said. “Borrowing blue from the sky” is exquisite!

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    Rose, this line feels like a turn. Time for singing! And your beautiful flower poem. I love that this poppy “borrowed blue from the sky.”

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  5. heidimordhorst says:

    Oh, do you live near Longwood Gardens? What a lovely place! Your poppy poem pops, and I appreciate your simple little addition to the Prog Poem, which was ready for a shift!

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  6. Time for singing indeed! The WORLD is singing outside my window today. Thank you, Rose! xo

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  7. Oh, to “borrow blue from the sky”! I will carry this line into my day, Rose. Beautiful! And I love where you have brought the Progressive Poem, poised for a moment of singing.

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  8. janicescully says:

    Rose, thank you for encouraging us on this journey of the Progressive Poem, and we will see what discoveries are made. Also, I love that your poppies take the blue from the sky. I’ve been to Longwood Gardens once may years ago and now remember what a gorgeous place it was.

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  9. Thanks for the update and your contribution to the progressive poem, Rose! I love how it is taking shape. And your reference to the blue poppies at Longwood Gardens is wonderful. I’ve been to Longwood three times in my life and it remains a favorite place to visit!

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  10. I’ve never seen a blue poppy! Very cool, the flower and the poem.

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  11. Denise Krebs says:

    Rose, I like the new line you have supplied to the adventurous poem we’re creating. Singing is an important part of the adventure.
    The blue poppies are beautiful and your lines:
    “rising like mountains
    to borrow blue from the sky”
    is gorgeous!

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  12. Linda Mitchell says:

    ooooh and now song. Delightful!

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  13. I had also thought to pull a line from Sarah, Plain, and Tall in honor of Patricia MacLachlan! (My day to add a line to the progressive poem is next Wednesday.) She was a great inspiration to me. Her writing was so beautiful and spare, often with a slightly unexpected angle. You picked a perfect line to show that.

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  14. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    We have poppies here too, but not blue ones. How beautiful that they borrow their blue from sky. (Our poems are sky blue friends today!) May Patricia MacLachlan rest in peace. She sure was a favorite in the LV childhoods over here. Your line honoring her memory is perfect. xo

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  15. macrush53 says:

    I have never seen blue poppies. And what a wonderful tribute to Patricia McLaughlin.

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  17. Bridget Magee says:

    Blue poppies? Who knew! (Having grown up in California where the state flower is the orange poppy this is fascinating.) Your introductory poem is gorgeous, Rose. 🙂

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  18. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, I was so absorbed with your response to the PP that I read your post several times and forgot to add my comment. Your line sent me on to reflect on my thinking about the poem, throw out my previous perhaps thoughts and find a new angle now that singing was introduced. Thanks for your smart move to change up the journey that was started. I have been singing Disney tunes in my head until I found the right line. As for your poem, blue poppies borrowed from the sky is a wonderful image and also fitting since there are so many borrowed lines in our PP. Have a great day and thanks again for setting up the PP for my new line.

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  19. Oh, Rose, I LOVE that the poppies (gorgeous) are borrowing their blue from the sky! And I haven’t seen the progressive poem since Day 1–what fun to see a cento being created live. Fabulous!

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  20. I really love “borrow blue from the sky.”

    I also live seeing the progress the progressive poem has made!

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  21. maryleehahn says:

    Thank you for your tribute to Patricia MacLachlan, and hooray for your “borrow blue from the sky line.”

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  22. Elisabeth says:

    I’m loving this progressive poem! I can’t wait to see where it takes us by the end of the month.

    I didn’t know about blue poppies! They are beautiful. I love this line: to borrow blue from the sky – it captures perfectly the fact that they grow in such a high mountain range.

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  23. haitiruth says:

    I know I am not original in saying I love the borrowing of blue from the sky. But I do. 🙂

    I’m glad to take time for some singing on our journey!

    Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  24. I love this pause, and then action with song!

    And thanks for your lovely blue-filled poppy tanka and image–both so refreshing!

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  26. (YES to the borrowed blue…) – and, Singing! Thanks, Rose, for adding some music to the journey.

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