Not only is the Progressive Poem Irene Latham‘s idea, but I am following with her sentiment for her personal month-long poetry project, and bringing ‘happy’ into this poem.
- As a group, we agreed to write a poem for children.
- Matt’s Day One post challenged us to use found lines.
- I personally wanted to bring in some rhyme play – but not tie others to a pattern.
Matt’s first line brought back childhood days of Christmas holidays, when it seemed like we were gazing into infinity – ’cause in Australia, that’s our summer 6-week break.
Endless summer; I can see for miles
I was determined not to choose ‘smiles’ as my rhyme, as that would be so predictable.
Since Matt’s line uses a Beach Boys album title, I went there first… and found lots of surfing scenarios… and ‘Fun, Fun, Fun.’ Nope. Too easy! And it doesn’t rhyme with miles.
I then thought to give a shout out to an iconic Aussie singer, and bring some Johnny Farnham to the party; ‘well I can’t sleep, but I can dream’ … ‘set the wheels in motion’ … ‘I want to sail across the ocean’… If you discount the lack of rhyme, they had possibilities (especially that ocean!) – yet I just kept coming back to FUN!
So I started searching for songs with ‘iles’ rhymes, hoping to cobble something together. And had to eat my words. 🙃
Endless summer; I can see for miles …
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles
- 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’
Thanks for the wide open spaces, Matt. I’m smiling, as I tag … Kimberly!
The Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem – April 2019