Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Stop on the Journey

The Opposite of Indifference is today's stop for the 2014 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, spearheaded by Irene Latham.

Yesterday, Diane said, "What's needed before I go?" which sent me off to imagining a list that our narrator might make for this mysterious expedition. I wondered about starting a section with shorter lines, offsetting the first stanza, and perhaps providing a contrast to longer ones later. But my goal, when I stopped imagining and got down to business, was actually to complete a couplet so a shorter, list-y line was not what I wanted to do here. Without further ado, I give you the tenth line:

Sitting on a rock, airing out my feelings to the universe
Acting like a peacock, only making matters that much worse;
Should I trumpet like an elephant emoting to the moon,
Or just ignore the warnings written in the rune?
Those stars can’t seal my future; it’s not inscribed in stone.
The possibilities are endless! Who could have known?
Gathering courage, spiral like an eagle after prey
Then gird my wings for whirlwind gales in realms far, far away.
But, hold it! Let's get practical! What's needed before I go?
Time to be tactical—I'll ask my friends what I should stow.


What's next? Only Linda knows the answer to that question...

1 Charles at Poetry Time
2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Donna at Mainely Write
4 Anastasia at Poet! Poet!
5 Carrie at Story Patch
6 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
7 Pat at Writer on a Horse
8 Matt at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme
9 Diane at Random Noodling
10 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
11 Linda at Write Time
12 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
13 Janet at Live Your Poem
14 Deborah at Show--Not Tell
15 Tamera at The Writer's Whimsy
16 Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge
17 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Julie at The Drift Record
20 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
21 Renee at No Water River
22 Laura at Author Amok
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
24 Linda at TeacherDance
25 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
26 Lisa at Lisa Schroeder Books
27 Kate at Live Your Poem
28 Caroline at Caroline Starr Rose
29 Ruth at There is No Such Thing as a Godforsaken Town
30 Tara at A Teaching Life


Irene Latham said...

Ah! Friends to the rescue! "Tactical" is such a great word, isn't it? Thank you, Tabatha! xo

Diane Mayr said...

Rhymes at the end and at the beginning--genius! ;-)

Ruth said...

This is so fun! Thank you for your line!

LInda Baie said...

Wonderful invitation to help us move on, Tabatha, and terrific inner rhyme.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

I love seeing the invitation each poet is offering the next! And yes to those two rhymes! Great fun!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Pracical/tactical - very fun to say. And so our narrator is reaching out just a bit, hmmm? Sure to be an interesting rest of the journey! Thanks, Tabatha.

Becky Shillington said...

Wonderful, Tabatha! It is so much fun to watch this poem "happen!"

Donna Smith said...

This poem is really "happening"! Love it. Neat how the first two lines and these last two have the internal rhyming. It has a good flow to it all around.

Linda said...

Tabatha, I just got home from school and read your line. Oh, wow! You gave me a line full of interesting possibilities. I'll sit with it until later tonight and see what I can come up with.
: )

Joy said...

Tabatha, you are brilliant! Thanks for carrying the poem forward. Who ever would have believed that we would all write such a clever poem in rhyme all this time. The poem is shaping up so very nicely. Of course I love your use of internal rhyme. Well done.

Buffy Silverman said...

Oh I love this practical/tactical turn of events!

skanny17 said...

And I agree with everything said so far and wonder what is heading my way. This is fun but as it gets closer I am getting my own "gear" ready. And am more curious in the minute.

skanny17 said...

From Janet F. the blogless, graciously hosted by Irene Latham.