a pub at the end of the road,
an open mic
and a poem which made me cry..
that’s all i got today…and probably that’s all we need..
(by Pablo Neruda)
And it was at that age … Poetry arrived
in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.
I don’t know how or when,
no they were not voices, they were not
words, nor silence,
but from a street I was summoned,
from the branches of night,
abruptly from the others,
among violent fires
or returning alone,
there I was without a face
and it touched me.
I did not know what to say, my mouth
had no way
my eyes were blind,
and something started in my soul,
fever or forgotten wings,
and I made my own way,
and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of someone who knows nothing,
and suddenly I saw
with arrows, fire and flowers,
the winding night, the universe.
And I, infinitesimal being,
drunk with the great starry
likeness, image of
felt myself a pure part
of the abyss,
I wheeled with the stars,
my heart broke loose on the wind.
honestly..i’m so ready to break loose on the wind…
A warm welcome to everyone who’s here for the first time…dive in, look around, visit others, get to know the people and join the conversation..
Here’s how it works…
- Post a poem to your blog,
- Link your poem to dVerse (1 link, please) by clicking on the Mr.Linky button below.
- This opens a new screen where you’ll enter your information, and where you also choose links to read. Once you have pasted your poem’s blog url and entered your name, click Submit.
- Don’t forget to let your readers know where you’re linking up and encourage them to participate by including a link to dVerse in your blog post.
- Visit others who have linked and leave comments to let them know what you appreciate about their poem or how it affected you.
- Spread the word on the poems you enjoy if you’d like. Feel free to tweet and share on the social media of your choice.
- Enjoy being part of this community.
Have a great time everyone!
a poem that makes you cry is pretty much all you ever need….
Nick Rolynd said:
Hello again, guys! Just finished my poem in time for the start. =P Still need to check it for errors. xD
i sang along…didn’t spot any errors..smiles
brian miller said:
welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone….have fun tonight….if verse happens to spill on the floor that is ok, i am sure someone will pick it up…smiles…see you out on the trail!
oh think i just spilled some verse…sorry…
..ready to break loose on the wind with our poetry…? warm welcome..my pleasure to be your host…enjoy..
Laurie Kolp said:
Can’t wait for my poetry fix, which coming off of Halloween candy, should be interesting.
sounds sweet…on my way over..
jannie funster said:
How could you just not LOVE and relate to that poem!? Great choice.
rob kistner said:
…work inspired by my son…
Madeleine Begun Kane said:
Thanks for hosting this!
Here’s my latest limerick and Limerick-Off challenge: Slippery Limerick.
don’t think my entry will make anyone cry …..might make them smile its rather silly but fun …thanks for hosting and allowing us the opportunity to share x x x
always up for a poem which makes me smile…
And aren’t we smiling! What a share, Kerry!
Beth Winter said:
*yes* I linked the right one this time! *happy dance* Thank you, Claudia, for hosting another OpenLinkNight. May I buy you a drink? Maybe some wine?
ha a nice, little chat and a glass of red wine would be great beth..
Pat Hatt said:
The cat came by for the tuna you talked about and gave Mr. Linky his usual shout.
tuna and a bowl of milk ready just at the side of the bar…did you bring drazin as well..? smiles
Pat Hatt said:
Drazin might scare everyone away, he wants slippers after all..haha
James Rainsfordj said:
Pub open early tonight. I approve! A piece of absolute nonsense from me this week. Not one of my serious and considered compositions. Hope my fellow drinkers enjoy the change. Cheers to all!
i love nonsense…smiles
Good evening! (Its 21:10 here in South Africa). Cant wait to dive in and drown in the words.
before you drown..give us a shout and we run to rescue…smiles
What a wonderful share, Claudia! Thanks for wrangling us poets all together this evening…I’ve put in a rather whirlwind week since last, and am in desperate need of some awesome poetry!!!
Claudia I love you poem choice. I wonder how many here answered such a calling. Its almost religious when poetry calls one, isn’t it? I wonder if priests and nuns know this kind of joy…
i’ve read that first part of the poem again and again and thought…yes, yes, yes – just like that…isn’t it awesome…? i so agree with you
Yes! Its like poetry picks you, not vice versa. Then even your worst days make sense, because from every experience a poem is born. (wow I think I better leave that metaphor alone, lest I offend)
Shelley Lundquist (@letmemoveyou) said:
2nd week here.. I love reading these beautiful soulful words that carry me away to other places…
Awesome you made it Shelley!
Breaking loose with a plum today. Thanks so much for the Neruda, which knocks me out speechless every time (good thing I already wrote my poem . . . ), for the tears, and the community pub. Cheers!
I’m late, I’m late for a very important date… lol
Thanks to the hostess with the mostest and the all other lovely dVerse hosts too!
This looks like a fabulous site! I am so thankful a friend directed me here!
warm welcome catlas…great to see you here…jumping over to check out your place and say hello
…drunk with the great starry void…
Wow, I felt this sentiment not too long ago.
C.L. Sostarich said:
Cheers! Can’t wait to start reading 🙂
Every week I get fed inspiration until I burst! I’m so glad I found this Poets Pub. Great piece!
in search of me.
I love that, pure magic. Thanks for posting the Pablo Neruda, Claudia.
Mama Zen said:
Oops! Sorry! I messed up my link.
You can never not learn or feel something from Neruda, or both. Wonderful choice, Claudia–thanks for hosting tonight. I’ve linked the last of my four sestinas on the ancient pagan yearly festivals, (and what hell they all were to write–last hardest of all, I think, but satisfying also)–hope readers will enjoy this one, about Samhain, as the winter draws in and the summer fades.
kudos hedge for such a fine sestina..much enjoyed
Voyages Vistas Vino said:
There you are! I’ve always been a fan of Neruda. It was through Neruda’s poems that I took my first awkward steps in learning the Spanish language.
both my daughters speak spanish…and i envy them..would love to be able to read him in spanish…
Lovely lovely poem. Thanks, Claudia.
PS – I’m really trying to work on novel writing this month, so I’m posting an older link. Hope that’s okay. K.
I really enjoyed reading this poem, Claudia, thanks for sharing.
enjoyed yours as well louise…took me on a journey through my past…thanks..
Rhyme Me a Smile said:
Wow. That “Poetry” poem was really awesome. 🙂 Here’s my rhyme of the week… Smiley Sociology Study #10 – Doors and Windows.
You’ve chosen my favaourite poet, Claudia. Thank you . I love this poem.
Have a rocking read you all!
Hugs from the Canaries
hugs back dulce..
A beautiful poem, thank you Claudia 🙂
Got a Halloween crescent moon piercing.
I’m baaack! Hi, Claudia…good to see ya’ I’m now going to brag. The poem I submit today was just accepted for publication at FrogCroon. Yay!!!!!! Can’t help it…first time I submitted a poem. And I struck oil!!! Cheers!!!
woohoo!!!! congrats jackie – that’s just awesome!!!! on my way to read…
Awesome Jackie! Poetic fist pump for you! Congratulations!
beautiful poem!!! 🙂
Charles Elliott/Beautyseer said:
Hi Claudia! Hope you don’t mind if I throw my peanut shells on the floor and quaff so many Guinesses that in the later hours I begin to speak too loudly of matters political in a mode highly polemical. Like my poem this week…
haha…feel free…barkeeper…a guiness for this gentleman please…
Kellie Elmore said:
ohhhhh i love Neruda!~ 🙂
Kellie Elmore said:
ps… ive shared this here:
Like me please? 🙂
Adura Ojo said:
Hi Claudia! Beautiful poem. Great hosting too.
My poem (on my new blog) is something of a conundrum. I seem to be the only one with an interpretation. I wrote it…duh! Would really like to know what fellow poets think. All interpretations welcome. Have a great night everyone! Off to read.
didn’t manage to unriddle…still pondering…smiles
Suzy Q said:
Ahhh Neruda is blissful! Thank you Claudia 🙂
need to leave the party…bed time for me…will read the first part of the neruda poem again…for the onehundredsttwentyseventhtime *deep sigh* and fall into the sweetest dreams…. see you tomorrow…
sleep well claudia…i will keep a log on the fire in the pub….
Before I have never heard of Naruda. Today I begin to see what poetry is. Good evening Claudia.
ah he is a a master indeed….and nice write yourself tonight ma’am.
but still no idea
how to write,
Thanks for hosting Claudia! Sweet dreams.
smiles. you seemed to do fine tonight…
Awesome post, Claudia.
Cheers everyone! 🙂
i’ve linked up. is it a poem? that’s for you to decide. 🙂
Claudia, thanks for hosting tonight. I wound up getting an extremely late start to the day-really no clue where it went:) That said from what I’ve read so far tonight, yet another amazing OLN. Can’t wait to catch the rest in the morning. Thanks again
Thanks for hosting, Claudia. I’ve been traveling today, and am now looking forward to some good reading here to top off a very long day…
Neruda is the only poet who consistently humbles me and makes me feel like I have a lot to learn. He is utterly amazing.
Seek the Sun said:
Late to the party, but what a great party indeed. Thanks to the host, Claudia, for picking such an inspirational poem. When poetry calls you, you can’t help but listen and it changes you profoundly. Now, I’m off to read everyone’s work.
Gay Reiser Cannon said:
Hi Claudia. Coming by late. The last two days have been quite taxing. Ready for some rhyme and hot rum! I love Neruda, too. This is one of my favorites. I keep a copy of the love poems on my bedside table. I’m offering up a rare love song this evening. Hope everyone enjoys. Thanks again!
Sheila Moore said:
beautiful choice, claudia. cheers to all this evening and always.
Kathy Bischoping said:
I’m a first-timer bringinga little prose poem, inspired by the strangeness of “occasional table”, to the party. Having a good time reading all the beautiful forms and works I’m finding here!
Kathy Bischoping said:
I’m a first-timer here, bringing a little prose poem inspired by the term “occasional table”, to the party. Enjoying all the new forms and beautiful images on this site!
great to see you kathy…have enjoyed reading you over at magpie! look around…enjoy the verse and if you have any questions we are here to help
alright poets…just hit the witching hour here…about to hit the sack for some shut eye…claudia should be awake here soon…so play nice in the pub…see you in the morning…
smiles…i’m already here…bright eyed and.. (ok..not really..) sleep well brian
Anna Montgomery said:
I love Neruda Claudia so thank you. I also linked really late so I’ll will be reading a lot tomorrow evening. My favorite spot on Tuesday night :)! Thanks for everything you and the dVerse team do to keep the fires lit.
beautiful poem, Claudia. thank you!
Duane Flounder said:
Sorry to be so late. Long day at work, thank you for providing a forum and outlet for those with a poem to share.
on my way to work…back in the evening to do some more reading..and thanks to all of you for making dVerse such a special place to be..
Chris G. said:
I’m late, I’m late for this oh-so-important poetic date…but I am here. Hope there’s still a few things left at the bar – looks like there’s plenty of people, though!
Broken Sparkles said:
First time here! Excited to read the entries of others! Lovely day to all, thank you to the ones hosting the event!
welcome and i’m right under your winter’s spell..smiles
Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) said:
Finally I could post my poetry this time… Interestingly, I am trying something new to share with you all.. a kind of poetry that was triggered by a powerful recitation of poetry, by Mr. Vikram Seth – A great writer, at a literary festival that I happened to attend last weekend in Chennai India. Hope you will all enjoy it.
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Zoe Beringersca said:
Hi there! Thank you so much for hosting this again. I am looking forward to reading many other poems and commenting. What an amazing community this is!
What a beautiful choice…love Neruda’s poetry
Thank you for hosting
Azalia Suhaimi said:
I love Pablo Neruda. 🙂
Hello everyone! I’m sharing something short today. 🙂 http://www.azaliasuhaimi.com
Kelly E said:
First post here. Love this site – thank you!
welcome kelly…glad you linked up with us…on my way over to read..
my daughters (they both speak spanish) just forced me to read Neruda’ s “LA POESÍA” in spanish language to them…it sounded so weird but we all loved it…oh wish i’d speak spanish…
brian miller said:
hey i took a few years of spanish…
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I’m late! I hope someone is left to read. 🙂
brian miller said:
Thanks for another great one. OpenLinkNight is closed but at 3 pm EST today Gay Canon will be bringing us FromForAll and introducing us to another poetry form giving us an opportunity to play with it…see you there….
Gay Reiser Cannon said:
See you guys in a few! Weren’t the linked poems fabulous this week?!
Just popping by to see what time the linkup will be posted for Open-Link Night. Maybe I’ll be on time this week. 🙂
This selection is amazing. I would love to feature your poetry on DMVculture.com.