Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The 2019 Progressive Poem

Happy continued National Poetry Month, friends!  

Today I add the lastest found song line to this year's Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, an annual April tradition begun in 2012 by Irene Latham of Live Your Poem.  This poem is like a potluck dinner, but instead of all bringing dishes to share at once, we each bring one line a day throughout the month, working to build upon the lines before. This year's are song lines, as suggested on April 1 by line finder Matt Forrest Esenwine.  You may read about this project's history as well as previous progressive poems HERE at Live Your Poem.

My line - line 17 - was written by one of our family's favorite singer songwriters, Sara Bareilles.  It comes from her song "She Used to be Mine" in the musical WAITRESS.  Our daughter Georgia introduced me to Sara's work years ago, and we VanDerwaters all respect her writing and singing and wisdom.  


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


Below you can read the list of where each poem line originated:

Found Lines:
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

And here is a list of the line finders:
Poem Line Contributors:
2 Kat @ Kathryn Apel
4 Jone @ DeoWriter
5 Linda @ TeacherDance
6 Tara @ Going to Walden
8 Mary Lee @ A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @ Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @ Live Your Poem
12 Margaret @ Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @ Dori Reads
17 Amy @ The Poem Farm
18 Linda @ A Word Edgewise
20 Buffy @ Buffy's Blog
21 Michelle @ Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @ Reading to the Core
25 Jan @ Bookseestudio
26 Linda @ Write Time
27 Sheila @ Sheila Renfro
29 Irene @ Live Your Poem

Take it away, Linda!

Remember, Poem in Your Pocket Day is tomorrow...which poem will you carry?

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  1. Amy, you have changed the tone of this poem with a single short line. I love Waitress and especially this song. I cry almost every time I hear it. I can't wait to see where this new uncertainty will lead.

  2. I'm feeling just like Margaret, a new turning for summer! Terrific, Amy!

  3. And now we really are diving deep! What is underneath all these fun summer lines? I think we are about to find out! Thank you, Amy! xo

  4. Know what? I'm wondering and imagining...thanks to your line!

  5. I wonder, like Irene, if the "diving the deep :invitation will give us a glimpse of the narrator's underlying thoughts. Linda's next line should shed some light on this. Thank you, Amy.
    (I made a spelling error when writing down the author of the song's first name. It should be Nolwenn.)

  6. I like the tentativeness in your line that may be taking us in a different direction… I also have one of the words you used in a line I am considering, but will have to see where the poem goes in the next couple of days.