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April 9, 2014

The 2014 Progressive Poem, Day 9

This is my third year participating in the National Poetry Month Progressive Poem. The project is the brainchild of Irene Latham of Live Your Poem who keeps us all progressing nicely! Learn more here.

I'm following fellow New Hampshire writer, Matt Forest. And tomorrow, Tabatha Yeatts will be adding the 10th line. You can see the complete schedule below and on the right-hand side of this page.

We've contemplated and considered. We've bolstered our courage, and girded our wings. Time to get this adventure on the road!

Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe
Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;
Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,
Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?
Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone.
The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?
Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey
Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.

But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?

Okay, Tabatha, you're up! You can continue to rhyme or you can trumpet like an elephant--it's all up to you!

1 Charles at Poetry Time
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Donna at Mainely Write
4 Anastasia at Poet! Poet!
5 Carrie at Story Patch
6 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
7 Pat at Writer on a Horse
8 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
9 Diane--that's me! at Random Noodling
10 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
11 Linda at Write Time
12 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
13 Janet at Live Your Poem
14 Deborah at Show--Not Tell
15 Tamera at The Writer's Whimsy
16 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
17 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Julie at The Drift Record
20 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
21 Renee at No Water River
22 Laura at Author Amok
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Linda at TeacherDance
25 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
26 Lisa at Lisa Schroeder Books
27 Kate at Live Your Poem
28 Caroline at Caroline Starr Rose
29 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
30 Tara at A Teaching Life


  1. Yes! Let's pack! :) Love this, Diane. Thank you! xo

  2. Thanks, Diane. You've given me some good food for thought!

  3. Thanks, Irene and Tabatha. There's 2/3 of the month left to travel far, and hopefully WILD.

  4. It's going to be quite an adventure. Glad you made the turning.

  5. Yes! Let's see what's really going to *happen* here!

  6. Hi Linda and Laura! I remember that last year's poem was so full of fun twists and turns--I hope we're headed in that direction!

  7. You've opened up a world of possibilities, Diane - for the reader AND Tabatha!

  8. Ha! I had to smile at this, Diane - a fun and unexpected pause, but only before we head off... who knows where??

  9. Hi Matt, thanks for stopping by to see where you've led me! Robyn, we can't pause for too long--April is a short month!

  10. Getting practical, eh? Since when is a progressive poem practical? Good luck to Tabatha. I am late this year. This may be more of a challenge than I am ready for.

  11. Well, you have a point, Margaret, but I still think it's a good idea to think about packing extra socks before embarking.

  12. Love your line add how the poem is progressing. I can't believe I missed out on this.

  13. Oh these turns! They are the best! I am packing a rhyming dictionary for my day... :)