Friday, April 3, 2020

Love is a Drum #NationalPoetryMonth #PoetryFriday

It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month. This month many people turn to their gardens and landscapes and play in the dirt. I'd rather do a little playing with words. This month I will be creating found poems by taking words, phrases, and lines from other texts and rearranging them into a "literary collage" with a whole new meaning.

Heidi has the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week. Check out My Juicy Little Universe for this week's poetry offerings. 

Today I used a combination of Tali Mali's metaphor dice and an extended metaphor "lesson" from Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher's Day 10 Video to create a found poem.

I "rolled the dice" and chose a tangible and intangible word. Using the extend metaphor example from Kelly and Penny's video, I made a list of how love is a drum. This one went through many revisions during my Teach Write writing time, but here is how it turned out.

And the progressive poem continues with Jone MacCulloch.

This week also marks the beginning of the Kidlit Progressive Poem, which is being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. For the first time, I am participating and will be adding line 15 (yes, that scares me just a little!). You find the poem's trail below.

1.   Donna Smith at Mainely Write

2.   Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3.   Jone MacCulloch at deowriter
6.   Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7.   Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8.   Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9.   Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10. Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
11. Janet Fagel hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12. Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13. Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
15. Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16. Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17. Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18. Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19. Tabitha at Opposite of Indifference
20. Rose Capelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21. Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22. Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
24. Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25. Amy at The Poet Farm
26. Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work that Matters
27. Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29. Fran at lit bits and pieces


  1. A roll of the dice and ... a poem is born. Your metaphor is true - it holds throughout. Love the music terms. Cadence is a favorite word of mine; "syncopated breath" and the "tempo of our forever" - so lyrical, powerful, beautiful. It captures love.

  2. Oooh, 'the tempo of our forever' resonated with me. I like to think I have that with my hubby of 31 years, or at least I hope so after so long. Thanks for sharing your roll of the dice. :)

  3. Like Bridget, I love 'the tempo of our forever', Leigh Anne. And I love your idea of creating from a collage of words (your visual is terrific). Don't worry too much about your 'line'. As the poem moves along, it gains a rhythm & a kind of theme that will give you more inspiration, & anything really is perfect! Have a wonderful weekend writing!

  4. What beautiful words to inspire this lovely poem. Like others here I love "the tempo of our forever." Good luck with the progressive poem!

  5. I love how the drum metaphor beats through your entire poem. Like the others, that ending with the tempo of our forever is powerful. Good luck with your line of the Progressive Poem. Mine is up for day 6!

  6. Leigh Anne, I have Mali’s dice so thanks for reminding me I can play with them. Your roll was interesting but what you did with the words is marvelous. Your word pairings ring true. Tempo of our forever is a great closing thought and this, a love poem rises. I look forward to your line 6!because mine follows shortly afterward.

  7. Beautiful, Leigh Anne!! Isn't it wonderful how the roll of the dice can help you create something that you ordinarily would have never thought to write? An opportunity just waiting to happen.

  8. I love my metaphor dice!
    Let the beat of love go on -- stronger and stronger!

  9. 'Syncopated breath'! I love your extended metaphor!

  10. "the tempo of our forever" gorgeous line! I have a set of those dice. You've inspired me to pull them out!

  11. Nice to see you here, Leigh Ann, and welcome to the Progressive Poem, too! It's so much fun to roll the dice and see what you get, and then to combine with another prompt! I like this one because it seems to capture both the thrilling ripple of new love and the steady beat of a mature relationship.