#ProgressivePoem 2019–Day 21


Welcome to the 2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem, which started way back when in 2012 by Poet and Writer Irene Latham, on her blog Live Your Poem. This year Matt Forest Esenwine led us off with a new twist. He challenged all participating to add a line to the poem taken from a song.

Well, it’s been humming along the last twenty days making some crescendos, diminuendos, and an occasional cambiare (change). As for myself I must admit I’ve gone down many rabbit holes of musical songs seeking to keep this poem humming. My final attention has been to focus on the four to eight lines preceding the one I added, and especially the four lines preceding mine. Thanks Buffy for your sweet flowing line! I like the idea of carrying the “we” on in the poem, also a sense of adventure and empowerment for these characters. I also wanted to somehow bring in a female voice and though my line is written by a male group the recording that tipped my decision is an all female a cappella group. A  runner-up came from Gene Wilder singing Pure Imagination. But without further adieu here is my line and final choice sung by the “Mint Juleps,” tucked in at the bottom…



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



Passing the poetic torch on to Catherine at Reading to the Core, with hopes my line will send you sailing on. And, sending my thanks out to Irene for this rollicking challenge!


Here’s an updated Playlist on Spotify, though Mint Juleps singing Groovin’ wasn’t available there, so I added the Rascals.

Kick back listen to some tunes and have a groovin’ Sunday afternoon…

Found Lines:

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

Here are our Poem Contributors:

Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
Kat @Kathryn Apel
Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
Jone @DeoWriter
Linda @TeacherDance
Tara @Going to Walden
Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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23 Responses to #ProgressivePoem 2019–Day 21

  1. We can be anyone! Yes! Thank you Michelle for getting us groovin’. xo

  2. margaretsmn says:

    Just when I think the poem cannot get any better… This is a just right line to keep us groovin along on this lovely summer day. It brings in a sense of play of a child, yet the wishfulness of an adult.

  3. lindabaie says:

    And off “we” go. You’ve found the line for summer’s invitation, Michelle. Wonderful!

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  5. We can be anyone we want to be and this poem can be what each poet wants it to be and surprisingly come together! Truly amazing! Thanks for your line, Michelle!

  6. Janet F. says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I had to hunt around to find your post!! So glad I got here (hard on the phone, easier on the laptop.) Your line had me thinking immediately, “yes, joy!” we can seek it, we can find it, we can be! And where will we head now? A poem by 30 voices, always so interesting to watch it evolve.

  7. haitiruth says:

    Nice job, Michelle! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  8. This song takes me back–and I love the Mint Juleps version. Love the direction you chose.

  9. Ramona says:

    Catching up this morning, love the song you chose and the happy-go-lucky line you’ve added.

  10. That line of yours might just sum up the entire gist of our poem! Nicely done.

  11. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I am grooving on the song you chose – beautiful, fun tune for summer months where we can do and be anyone we want to be. I like the idea that we are back in the picture and still cruising down the summer path.

  12. Joy! dear Michelle.
    Appreciations for bringing in the Mint Juleps version of Groovin’ & for introducing me to this groovy a cappella vocal powerhouse.

    I am always eyes wide open here at your lovely pages & site, when I am able to visit.
    You have so much to teach me about all genres of art.

    You have gifted our Progressive Poem 2019 with a generous arms wide open line.

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