Progressive Poem 2019 Day 25

POETRY FRIDAY’s annual Progressive Poem is here at Bookseedstudio this very

Thursday, of April, Day Twenty-Tive. (With great thanks to the Live Your Poem! godmother.)

If you are new to the game, progressive in the title means that each day by day, progressively, one poet after another, adds a line. It’s like one of those neighborhood feasts where appetizers are at the Apple Family, walk over to salads from the Spinach folks, the Main course is with the Macaroni Family (we wish!), Fruit is on offer by the fun Fig couple & a Sweet is served by the Sherbet Sisters.

Today’s new line is

You’re simply the best

. . . .After holding myself back from reading any of the lovely lines leading up to today’s Day 25 until this morn, I discover that we are working with found lines! And not just any sources. I expect a festival of great blog reading between now & this Sunday to learn how each creative person grabbed their  line … from lyrics! Does

You’re simply the best


fit? With great joy for so much musicality – this line dance is ready for your groove:

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
less than one minute old
we’re closer now than light years to go
To the land where the honey runs

…we can be anyone we want to be…
There’s no stopping curiosity.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
Looking for a sign of life

You’re simply the best

. . . .

(which is how I feel about all you line-leaders & line-a-day readers!)

AND SO like a springtime jigsaw puzzle that awaits just a few pieces, I hand this baton to

April 26 Linda @Write Time

April 27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

April 28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

April 29 Irene, the Closer @Live Your Poem

Here are line sources, taken from Wednesday’s fun blog by Tabatha, with thanks:

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 “You had only to rise, lean from your window,”
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 Returns
L13 Carol King, “Hi-de-ho (That Old Sweet Roll)”
L14 Steve Miller, “Fly Like An Eagle”
L15 Don Felder, “Wild Life”
L16 Nowleen Leeroy, “Song of the Sea ” (lullaby)
L17 Sara Bareilles, “She Used to Be Mine” from WAITRESS
L18 Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely”
L19 R.E.M, “Find the River”
L20 Carole King, “Way Over Yonder”
L21 Mint Juleps, “Groovin” by The Young Rascals
L22 Jack Johnson, “Upside Down”
L23 Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie
L24 The Foo Fighters, “Learning to Fly”

L25 Tina Turner, “The Best”

BUT BEFORE you leave me today, I prepared a few things. Or come back later?

Last weekend when I realized that my Family’s Easter Weekend joy overlapped with many of my dear Friend’s Passover commemorations, I pulled out two favorite books for young readers about Anne Frank, always remembering that she was not passed over.

A History for Today, Anne Frank from the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam

The Life of Anne Frank by Menno Metesellar and Rudd Van Der Rol

Of the many inspirations that the young author left for the World , here is just one

“I can shake off


as I write

my sorrows disappear

my courage is reborn.” 

-Anne Frank

I am also reading

Birmingham, 1963  by Carole Boston Weatherford, actually a re-read for me, of this poignant poem in book form.

Thurgood Marshall, American Revolutionary, the bio by Juan Williams, which has insights about emotions & ideas in the justice’s child days, including passionate political dinner table discussions led by Willie Marshall, Father, who fed his family, in those times, working as a sleeping-car train porter.

Acts of Light, poems from Emily Dickinson, illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert

I just finished (& so did my husband, double pleasure when we read a book one just after the other) The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman. This novel of India is a game-changer. In it we dwell in the world of extreme privation of children, beginning with abuse by a violent father and continuing to life on mean streets- but we can’t help feeling how events unfold in an underlying, uplifting way. I cried a little & I think sensitive middle and high school students will have a tear, too. Followed by vigorous good discussion guided by their teaching librarian or classroom teacher. The four child characters in this page-turner of a story show us their creativity, humanity & humor. Yes!

I fell in love with each of the two girls and two boys who created this experience, which the author bases on extensive knowledge – her own, told in a fascinating author’s note which made me fall in love with Padma’s Mother. As someone who has been transported by all Padma’s novels, I know her trademark practice, in bringing on board informed beta readers, is instructive & to be followed. This is a book for all and of special interest to the disability community and of special interest in the domestic violence community.

(For those with an interest in the indigenous community you will be enriched with this author’s Adamans Island novel, Island’s End.)

Brava! to Padma, my teacher from Highlights Foundation days, with Alma Fullerton & Kathryn Erskine. Padma has agreed to visit Bookseedstudio. Stay tuned.

ALSO in the tap tap tap of writing news –  a word about poem projects. The young readers project continues along well on a WWII history topic theme very close to my heart. And when I rest that story in verse for an afternoon or a day, I look into the paused verse novel from pre-Civil War days, about an impoverished, white, abolition family. Plus, in this surge of spring, maybe one day a week, I work on other poems on a theme – 54 of them, so far. (none of this poem-ness could occur without having found a nurturing, poetry community, especially Poetry Friday nor without the Highlights Foundation verse novel workshop. The newest poem project flows from my fascination with a unique peninsula that is lapped by both the Atlantic Ocean & the Gulf of Mexico.

And so this little ditty buzzed in, after a recent walk at our non-beachy & clean-water coast…

 with appreciations to Emily Dickinson

Thistle whistle

Bumble bee!

caught you on your shopping spree


you flounce along salty store I roam

whilst thistles tower in marsh loam


seems like just yesterday

you were last year’s memory


pink-purpled spring spikes signal

that social insect whistle – hear!


buzz buzz coming in for a landing

glad to snap you, m’Dear

Yours, Shutterbug

-c.2019allrihtsreserved, JanGodownAnnino,


c.2019allrightsreserved SpringBee

LASTLY This may not be the only place you’ve admired a lively National Poetry Month Post Card, but I am tickled to share this, courtesy of artist Robert Mensan and his poet fan,  Irene Latham, who has all the month’s line leaders listed at her site.

c.2019allrightsreserved “Live Your Poem” by Irene Lantham



27 responses to “Progressive Poem 2019 Day 25”

  1. What a great line to add to the progressive poem. I am even more in awe with this year’s challenge to use lines found from songs. It has been such a rich experience to read.


  2. Your line is well played! I can’t believe you waited to peek until it was time for YOUR line! What a shock the “found line from song lyrics” must have been!


    • Appreciations! I can take no credit for the patience, dear MaryLee.

      Flew to Cleveland Clinic on April 1 & it became easy to ignore laptop & social media so so much this month.
      Plus, great company to get ready for & visit with at Easter Week,
      unexpected brace for my knee after a tumble & local ER room visit
      recuperating the knee outside in a lounge chair, reading books with covers.
      I already had scaled back in reading blogs, seeing fb posts, in order toto guard writing days & nights for
      these 3 writing projects.

      I didn’t want you to think I have SuperHuman Resistance 🙂 I was so so curious about what was happening.

      And when I read Tabatha’s Wed post (24 day), about 5 AM Thurs (25 day) I felt I had landed in a different project than the PP! 🙂

      I was lucky with the line because I have said Tina Turner’s “You’re simply the best” line for years to my BeLoveds in person but also when I find a sweet note left or am surprised with their fun photo in a text msg. etc. It runs through my mind musically whenever I catch anyone being wonderful, so I got really lucky this year.

      And I am always lucky to be hanging with the Poetry Friday community.


  3. “You’re simply the best” makes these poetic characters true and lasting friends. Your post is full of spring goodness. I must get The Bridge Home. I’ve read so much about it. Thanks!


  4. I love that Tina Turner song. It has for many years been a sort-of theme song for Australian Rugby League, so brought back a rush of teen memories (and football crushes😂).


  5. Well done, Jan! I’m impressed you “found” that line on such short notice. It fits perfectly. 🙂 Given that you’ve been reading (re-reading) about Anne Frank and your interest in WWII, I think you would like one of the new verse novels I featured on TLD this month: WHITE ROSE by Kip Wilson. Here’s the link if you’re interested in finding out more: Always a pleasure buzzing by Bookseedstudio!


  6. Oh my goodness, I had such a hard time finding the spot to comment. I bet others have had the same problem today. Thanks for this lovely addition to our poem, and all the poetic fun you shared today. Love the photo you captured of the busy bee!

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      • O.K. dear Ramona.
        I got “on the case” & see that a reader finds the entry to comments at the last comment. After a few have collected I can see that it takes a bit of a wander to keep going along to find it. I wonder if there is a better way… more thanks to you & happy weekend!


  7. BUZZING from beginning to end, this post is… .Thank you, Jan, for all your generosities. And that simple Tina Turner line – it buzzes, too! I appreciate your devotion to so many kinds of writing, and cultures, and your own writing practice – and to a world which NEEDS those bees and thistles. XO

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  8. Hi Jan. Thanks for your comment about my line, all that good day sunshine plus your kind words about Lee’ new book. It is a kid-pleaser in my experience with my author copy!. I love your line and all it implies. This Progressive Poem is so much fun and exciting, too. Always curious where we are headed and what is next. I think you are pretty brave waiting to read the poem just before your day. Not sure I could try it, though perhaps I would have more of a clear picture reading it all at once. Not sure. I particularly liked the quote from Anne Frank about her writing. I have not read these books and I, too, feel I gain a lot by reading her words. Sad as the entire situation is, I am so glad she gave us her thoughts during such a terrible time.

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    • “waiting to read the poem..” Janet, thanks for this great comment. I was all atwitter the 1st year of my sign-up for a line, which took me a coupla years to get to the place, where I felt even approaching the league with the regulars. So it was – excuse the term! – a progression – to rise & shine & get into the swing of things fresh fresh fresh on the morning of my day. I may do that next year, too!


  9. Much to love here, Jan. You are a busy writer (& reader!). Love that line from Tina & FYI, I’m still waiting for the bumblebee to come for its ‘shopping spree’. I loved The Bridge Home, hope many many are enjoying it, too.

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  10. Dear Jan – what a rich post, so full of YOU and your writing and reading life… Thank you! You are living your poem, indeed! I love the bee’s shopping spree especially… and I know the call of that unique peninsula… you are an inspiration! THE BEST, I dare say, just like your line. xo

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  11. Oh, what a delightful visit this morning. Hooray for ‘You’re simply the best” I love it…it’s so you and so in keeping with the poem. Thistle Whistle is a delight too….I can just see the words swirling in your mind as you roam the marsh with a camera in hand.

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