In celebration of National Poetry Month, today I’m doing my bit by adding a line to the Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem. The idea started with Irene Latham. The poem started with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and tomorrow it will continue at Linda Baie’s TeacherDance blog. The other stops are listed on the sidebar, so follow along and enjoy watching it grow!
As I prepared this post, I thought a lot about what the middle of this poem, or any poem, does. I don’t have to set the tone or decide the topic or theme — that’s set up at the beginning of a poem. I don’t have to bring the poem to some sensible conclusion or work in a twist or ‘a-ha’ moment — those responsibilities fall to those who will conclude the poem at the end of this month. Middles are about expanding, and exploring. They emphasize, and repeat. They can sometimes be about changing direction.
This poem is starting to unfold itself. It’s about writing. (Trust a bunch of writers to write a poem about writing!) It’s about words as dancers, each with its own meaning and rhythm. This started out as a ‘private pirouette, a solitary samba’ but is this just journaling? Or will it become public? Will there be an audience for these words? Will they work together to create a whole — a whole that is trained and shaped by the writer as choreographer? I’m curious to see where this middle leads us.
When you listen to your footsteps
the words become music and
the rhythm that you’re rapping gets your fingers tapping, too.
Your pen starts dancing across the page
a private pirouette, a solitary samba until
smiling, you’re beguiling as your love comes shining through.
Pause a moment in your dreaming, hear the whispers
of the words, one dancer to another, saying
Listen, that’s our cue! Mind your meter. Find your rhyme.
Twirl it away, Linda!
Giving Away Poetic Goodness!
In honor of Poetry Month, I’m hosting my first-ever GIVEAWAY on this blog. Up for grabs is a copy of And the Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems (which contains my poem ‘Superfan’) signed by me and several others included in the anthology. Here’s what you need to do to enter the drawing:
- Earn 1 point: Leave a comment with a suggestion for a fun way to mark Poetry Month
- Earn 1 point: On my April 30th post, share what you did to celebrate Poetry Month
- Bonus point if you are (or become) a follower of Story Patch.
I’ll tally the points and draw a winner after April 30.
So…how DO you plan to spend Poetry Month?