Progressive Poem 2016 – Day 16

16 Apr


How lovely to have this poem land on my desk all eager to find out what that little perched “divining seer” is beaming about (thank you, Matt, for handing me the baton of an easy rhyme).

Here is the poem so far with my line at the bottom in bold.

A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky.
A hummingbird holds and then hies.
If I could fly, I’d choose to be
Sailing through a forest of poet-trees.

A cast of crabs engraves the sand
Delighting a child’s outstretched hand.
If I could breathe under the sea,
I’d dive, I’d dip, I’d dance with glee.

A clump of crocuses crave the sun.
Kites soar while joyful dogs run.
I sing to spring, to budding green,
to all of life— seen and unseen.

Wee whispers drift from cloud to ear
and finally reach one divining seer
who looks up from her perch and beams—

West Wind is dreaming May, it seems.

And with that little puff of breeze I send the poem on its way to Kim at Flukeprints to discover what happens next in our little spring idyl.

(In case you notice a change in Line 2 of the last stanza, Jone requested the tweak.)

Here’s where the poem has been so far and where it’s going:


2 Joy at Joy Acey
3 Doraine at Dori Reads
4 Diane at Random Noodling
8 Janet F. at Live Your Poem
11 Buffy at Buffy’s Blog
12 Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty
13 Linda at TeacherDance
14 Jone at Deo Writer
16 Violet at Violet Nesdoly
17 Kim at Flukeprints
18 Irene at Live Your Poem
19 Charles at Charles Waters Poetry
21 Jan at Bookseedstudio
24 Amy at The Poem Farm
25 Mark at Jackett Writes
26 Renee at No Water River
27 Mary Lee at Poetrepository
29 Sheila at Sheila Renfro
30 Donna at Mainely Write

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17 responses to “Progressive Poem 2016 – Day 16

  1. Linda Baie

    April 16, 2016 at 5:57 am

    How lovely to bring us back to nature’s magic, Violet, that tranquil West Wind, at least most of the time, but in our poem, who knows?

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      April 16, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Linda! You picked up on my try (ending with “… it seems”) at keeping the door open for the next line / stanza / poet. Didn’t want to box anyone in!

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      • Linda Baie

        April 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

        Yes, I noticed, and also have our own “west wind” bringing in snow today. There is an old book I loved by Thornton Burgess, Old Mother West Wind, and your line made me remember that too!

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  2. Irene Latham

    April 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Of course the West Wind is dreaming May! This is so lovely and unexpected… we’ll see where Kim takes us next! Thank you, Violet. xo

    Liked by 3 people

  3. maryleehahn

    April 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    A puff from you, and a sigh from me…I’m loving this poem! Can’t wait to see what it will be when it comes my way on the 27th!!

    Liked by 3 people

  4. amyludwigvanderwater

    April 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Pure delight! I am dreaming May too!! xx

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Donna Smith

    April 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Yea! It is a May dream. Wonderful!

    Liked by 3 people

  6. Matt Forrest Esenwine

    April 16, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    It has certainly felt like a springtime dream so far…nice, Violet! And I’m still intrigued as to who this ‘seer’ is…

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Buffy Silverman

    April 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Love the wind dreaming May–you’ve added more magic to the spring celebration, and left more mystery to solve!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Penny Parker Klostermann

    April 17, 2016 at 7:53 am

    This line is just wonderful, Violet. Full of whimsy!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. cvarsalona

    April 17, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I love the wind’s wishes filling the poem, just in time for a beautiful month of springtime surprise, Violet.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Heidi Mordhorst

    April 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve been catching up to the ProPoem and now, Violet, I’m so delighted by your line! It brings us back to the singing of Spring, and casts a Wind (so often represented by a cloud) as the unseeable seer, and not a bird as we might have been expecting. Genius. I also like the many striking images in your san san–“starchyTulip sisters” and others.

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  11. bookseedstudio

    April 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I am floating with this West Wind drift. Fun to try to see into the next line… This is a fine handoff.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Janet F.

    April 17, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    A yes, the May wind…..whispering and dreaming and welcoming spring and soon, I hope! Lovely line, Violet!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Robyn Hood Black

    April 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Wonderful! Love this bit of voice here, too. Off to continue catching up… :0)



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