The way a chain poem grows will be explained by reference to the first three poems from the 2003 edition of Space Poem Chain, "Life on Earth":
|Space—this intense darkness might absorb anything
Four and a half billion years ago in light the Sun was born
The Earth shines bluely, a star of living beings
Four billion years ago in the oceans life was born
It swam up rivers, came ashore, soared into the skies.
I am a seagull! A seagull!
From the damp sand I fly lightly up
a boat with a sailor divining by the stars appearing
The best star diviner
can not witness the drama of a new starfs birth
unfolding within the mother starfs womb
so how could anyone foretell
the future of the sparks in your heart