Wednesday, April 3, 2024

2024 Progressive Poem is Here

The Kidlit Progressive Poem was created by Irene Latham and is now being organized by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. A different poet adds a line each day for the month of April. This is my 5th year participating in the collaboration, and I am always inspired by and learn so much from the other poets who contribute, and I am grateful they let me play along!

Here are the lines from Patricia, Jone, and Janice.

cradled in stars, our planet sleeps,
    clinging to tender dreams of peace

sister moon watches from afar,
    singing lunar lullabies of hope.

almost dawn, I walk with others,
    keeping close, my little brother.

It was suggested that we consider "the experience of a war child, a climate refugee, a migrant" and I hope I have done that! I also noticed and wanted to keep the -ing verbs to start the second line, so here is my contribution:

hand in hand, we carry courage
    escaping closer to the border.

Irene at Live Your Poem has tomorrow's line. You can follow the poem's journey below.
April 1 Patricia Franz at Reverie
April 2 Jone MacCulloch
April 3 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
April 4 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
April 5 Irene at Live Your Poem
April 6 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
April 7 Marcie Atkins
April 8 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a God Forsaken Town
April 9 Karen Eastlund
April 10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
April 11 Buffy Silverman
April 12 Linda Mitchell
April 13 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
April 14 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
April 15 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
April 16 Sarah Grace Tuttle
April 17 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
April 18 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
April 19 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
April 20 Tricia Stohr-Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
April 21 Janet, hosted here at Reflections on the Teche
April 22 Mary Lee Hahn at A(nother) Year of Reading
April 23 Tanita Davis at (fiction, instead of lies)
April 24 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
April 25 Joanne Emery at Word Dancer
April 26 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
April 27
April 28 Dave at Leap of Dave
April 29 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
April 30 Michelle Kogan at More Art for All


  1. Leigh Anne, I'm glad we are going here. The beginning of the poem is setting us up, and now the brave children and others are "escaping closer to the border." That is good and leaves some possibilities...

  2. Now comes the story line... Thanks!

  3. I love the phrase "we carry courage"

  4. Like Rose, I love the idea of "carry courage". It's so often all they have! Terrific, Leigh Anne!

  5. Lovely way to carry the poem forward, Anne.

  6. I love "hand in hand" along with "carry courage." It brings the comfort of the stars' cradle up close at the same time you have set up a dire situation.

  7. Beautifully crafted to develop the situation and to keep a kind of marching rhythm. Thank you, Leigh Anne.

  8. I love the addition of "carry courage," Leigh Anne. It's a nice turn inward.

  9. Perfect. Thanks, Leigh Anne. Your line is bringing characters to life.

  10. I'm late in reading the Progressive Poem, but I'm catching up. Hand in hand is such an image and carrying courage is perfect for our little travelers. Great lines, Leigh Anne!