claudia schoenfeld, dVerse Poets Pub, dversepoets, meme, Natasha Head, OpenLinkNight, poems, poetry, poetry meme, Tashtoo
T’is the season, Poets! That time of year when time becomes even more precious and the official countdown to the holidaze begins. Thank the lords above for OpenLinkNight…the one day of the week that I allow poetry to rule my roost, come hot chocolate or sleigh bells.
I’m Natasha Head, standing in for the brilliant word weaver we know as Claudia, who unfortunately had real world business to attend…but she’ll be back in full force next week, ready to sling those pints with the best of them!
This weekend past, I was treated to a wonderful show of team work and good intentions. My daughter and seven of her sixth grade classmates began a social activism group in her school. (Isn’t that freaking awesome?) The first project they took upon themselves was raising funds for Christmas Daddies…a local telethon that raises funds to provide a better Christmas to children who may otherwise not have a Christmas. In a mere two weeks, this power house team of activists, raised $1000.00 to donate. Good on them and the folks who offered up their coin in these very lean times. Best of all, the show allowed the group to come to the studio and present their gift live and on the air. What a treat it was to see how excited they all were to see our local celebrities and be part of the festivities.
And for me…it always leads back to poetry. These eight kids made an impact. This group, this poetry family that we share here, could do the same. There is power in the words we pen each week, there is power in the positive atmosphere, the fellowship, the learning and the sharing. We are all becoming bigger and better poets through our efforts, and that can’t help but lead to a bigger and brighter world. We’re even starting to reach people who “don’t like poetry”. We’re attracting followers who simply want to see what all the fuss is about. Poets…we are momentum, we are poetry in motion and we have words to share…. Let’s get to it, shall we…
- select a poem from your blog…one post only please Feel free to include our awesome mic logo and a link back to dVerse. We LOVE when you share the news of our fantastic family of poets!
- click the Mr. Linky below, where you’ll be prompted to submit your name and your link to your post. If Mr. Linky automatically pulls a post from your blog and you need to delete it, simply back space until the link is erased, then submit your current link address.
- Click submit and you’re in!
- Return to the Mr. Linky where all the links will be displayed. Visit as many of the dVerse Poets as you like, commenting and engaging with the community.
- Share, share and share some more. Spread the word, online and off. Tell your family and friends. Buy some time on tv….what ever you feel is necessary to get our words to the people. Let’s turn a couple poetry haters into fellow word addicts…all in the name of Poetry! And perhaps most importantly….
- Have a most poetic good time!
jannie funster said:
There IS so much power in sharing and connecting.
Poetry blogging friends rock my world!!!
your poem rocked today jannie! much love
mrs mediocrity said:
yay! here’s to poetry in motion…
Adam White (@AdamWhitePoet) said:
Open Link Night is open. I’ll have a diet coke please. Can’t wait to read all the awesome poems you guys are putting up.
Awesome Poems? Check out Adams! Amazing post this week…
Have at ‘er Poets! I’ve got brew to tend to! (Not to mention a ton of making up to do in the comment department!) Been missing you all terribly and can’t wait to catch up.
thanks for the venue Natasha…I am sure to find plenty of great words and mysteries galore
Here’s to great words and mysteries….the things I love most about openlinknight! 🙂
Steve King said:
No post for me today, but I’m looking forward to reading my friends’ latest and greatest!
Madeleine Begun Kane said:
Thanks as always for hosting this! Here’s my latest limerick and Limerick-Off challenge: Prone Limerick.
Perhaps a post tomorrow, dear Steve 😉 No pressure…thanks for stopping in!
Joseph Harker said:
Sheesh, five minutes into the post and there’s already almost 30 links… I guess everyone was poised. 🙂
Stopping by the pub to say hi. I’ll be in and out today trying to read in short bursts. We are out of ICU but still confronting difficulties here in the hospital. No release in sight. Still trying to stabilize his heart. The pneumonia seems to be responding. I’ll let you know as we go along. Wishing everyone a good time as the Holiday season approaches. I am linking a little bird song. Hope you enjoy it! We are having our few days of winter here. South Texas has broken into cedar chests for those rarely worn coats & jackets.
Be well Gay…and know our thoughts and prayers are with you! Snuggle up
So much stress and so many difficulties, Gay, on top of all the normal holiday baggage. I hope your hospital is full of giving and cheery people; oddly, they often are. Doctors and nurses are in those professions to help people, and many go past the extra mile. Thoughts are with you.
Beth Winter said:
Oh, Gay *hugs*
Good luck, Gay. Take care. K.
smiles…keep you in my thoughts and heart gay!
Hi Tash–nice to hear from you. I fear that my poem may be open to misunderstanding. Oh well! Looking forward to it all.
Misunderstanding is half the fun! 🙂 Glad you could make it!
In a world where it seems at times an alien place, having dversepoets.com to crawl to is a delight.
Gay, I know you have your hands full. Bless you, dear heart.
Natasha….thank you for all that you do.
And everyone else, too.
This week, I post the End Poem to the Lord/Lady Nyo series. I have decided to call this cycle “The Nightingale’s Song”.
Now the hard work of the sumi-e illustrations.
Thank you for reading and your lovely (or not so….) comments.
Looking forward to it very much Lady Nyo, and I hope you’ll keep us posted as the illustrating and publication process progresses.
Yes! Please do!
Kellie Elmore said:
Jack and Coke please. Happy sharing!
Hey everyone, great to see you here again!
Becky Sain said:
So excited to be sparked on to poetic creativity by this community at dversepoets — I’m thrilled to read so many of you and hope you enjoy my poem this week (it’s for me) :-).
Thanks for picking up the sleigh and bells, Tashtoo … and congrats to your daughter for working to make holiday cheer real for other less fortunate kids .. My meditation this week is on a fatherlesss girl/woman/goddess who has to dig deep to find her own sort of cheer … Brendan
Thanks for your awesome weave, Brendan! It’s a write that will stay long!
Laurie Kolp said:
I love the intimacy I find here… it gives me courage to write about my past struggles. Thank you for that. (esp. Claudia)
was very moved by your piece laurie…
Jash Comstock said:
I enjoyed reading those of you who have already posted, and can’t wait to read those of you who are coming!
Early tonite…and welcome back Tash! A Coors light, and cheers!
ha! Word addicts and activists! Thanks for stepping in and filling in for tonight!
I think Claudia knew how desperately I needed this! lol Always a pleasure to get together with such amazing word weavers 🙂
Pat Hatt said:
The cat is here to play, just like each and every Tuesday. Not sure if I am a bigger brighter poet though, but a bigger brighter nut with each passing day I become at my show..hahaha
Dear Cat…you are the brightest nut in my collection! IOU LOTS…and that, you Rhymetime fiend…is THE Face it FAct!
Supper had to wait, this is another important date…LOL Thanks to all you lovely guys and gals.
Thanks for the forum, and to everyone who posts here. I love reading all the latest.
a great post, Natasha! it shows what a great mother you are that your daughter got involved in such a needy cause. good for her! happy holidays! ♥
Happy Holidays indeed! Love this time of year…and yes, I’m afraid I tend to lean to the cheeseball side of life even more so! I blame all the pretty lights 🙂
Thirty minutes after the opening bell and I’m not even in the top fifty!But who’s counting–it’s wonderful to see so many of you back every week, and to get to know your styles and your work. Thanks to Natasha for hosting–and for that inspiring story of what anyone can do if they try.
Glenn Buttkus said:
Man, these poets are lean and hungry for sure;
took me 30 minutes to find the page properly,
and 54 of them had already hardlinked, and
were loaded for comments. As I mentioned
on Twitter, the poets poised to pounce on
Mr. Linkey are like Black Friday shoppers
at midnight at WalMart; but the frenzy is
exhilarating, and I am just pleased to be
part of the pack of poets.
It’s the pack mentality! Glad to have you on board 🙂
Brian Carlin said:
Putting stuff up for just the second time… And looking forward to reading some of the others
Seek the Sun said:
I’m stopping by quick to post my poem. It’s back to work. I’ll stop by later for a double and some great poetry….can’t wait!
woohoo on the social activism group …how cool is that… and thanks so much tash for stepping in for me on such short notice… back from my business dinner…was a nice group…sales guys from turkey, sweden and ireland and we had some delicious asian food..love me some sushi.. smiles… off to enter the poetry trail now…
Beth Winter said:
I love this community of poets 🙂 I am at work and really busy but will make the rounds over the next few days. Have a wonderful OLN and thanks to all at dVerse who make this possible. Ti adoro *hug*
C.L. Sostarich said:
Can’t wait to start reading! You guys rock 🙂
Rhyme Me a Smile said:
I’ve been away a few weeks, but I’m back! 🙂 Happy Open Link night everyone. 🙂
And a huge welcome back! 🙂
brian miller said:
ha a last minute work emergency…so just getting back and on the trail…welcome to OLN everyone…see you soon…smiles.
Heather Grace Stewart said:
Hi Natasha, hey all —
As always, great to be here. I’m looking forward to visiting
all your blogs and reading your masterpieces!
Heather! Absolutely loved your piece this week! Shouting out a must read share here. Nothing better than capturing that morning light…for just a little longer 😉
Kick Out The Jams said:
Going with a cinematic one tonight. And good for your daughter and her friends Natasha, great to see activism in action…
Haven’t had a chance to drop in here for a while. It’s good to be back!
Tash, thanks for hosting OLN, I’ve been a bit missing a bit this week, (again), but couldn’t miss OLN. Thanks again
I’m working on a petition for the boss to give me Tuesdays off! lol Couldn’t dream of missing OpenLinkNight…could you imagine the shakes! 😉
I’m joining in this week. Finally broke the block. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more. Cheers, all.
great stuff on the trail…did a first round but now my eyes give in… good night and see you tomorrow…have fun partying…
Rest well! We’ll keep things orderly for morning
and orderly they were… smiles… just did my morning round..off to work and back in the evening…have fun poets.. and thanks again tash..you rock the place..!
Kathy Bischoping said:
What a great set of poems this week, the melancholy and reflective side of winter setting in.
Hi everybody. I think my post worked. Looking forward to reading everyone’s work.
Quarto Barto said:
I had to pull one from the archives this week. I opened my blog with this poem “about” last month. It was written many years ago, when affections came from strange directions. Today I see the innocence.
Ginny Brannan said:
Natasha, what a wonderful thing your daughter and her group did. Sometimes our kids can just amaze us with their compassion and depth of feeling. You must be so proud!
They made the front page of the paper too…needless to say they’re seeking out their next mission! A very proud mom here
Sheila Moore said:
such an inspiring post, Natasha. If your daughter is anything like you, it is no wonder they raised so much money! 🙂
smiles…thanks tash for a great intro tonight…we do have much potential in what we write to touch lives, to make a difference in the lives of others, to inspire, to make change…never underestimate your words….they have power….
at 106…i am going to bed…see you all in the morning for a great day of poetry…smiles.
Newbie.Hope I was successful submitting.Thanks
you were…and with a nice piece as well.. warm welcome at the pub.. great poets to meet in every corner here…take a look around and enjoy.. and if you need something or got a question, just shout…smiles
Better late than never. Thanks for the opportunity to share.
Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) said:
As I was travelling to Rishikesh, Bodh Gaya (where Buddha attained enlightenment and started Buddhism) for almost a week, I missed out on last week’s Open Link night… but glad to be back here with some of my haiku and a long verse inspired by flow of energy that Bodh Gaya gave me. Hope you will like it…
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
Adrian Giannini said:
Made it, thought Id miss it, work n study don’t leave much time … so line em up barkeep
Good morning Poets! It’s muffin tops and STRONG coffee for me, along with some fantastic reading before bossman arrives to slow me down 😉
goog morning tash! and everyone else….got my coffee and ready to catch up with those that popped in over night….
…. sorry, just call me ”Tardy Tink”
Greetings from Blue Nose country! 😉 Glad you made it!
Voyages Vistas Vino said:
It’s good to be back in the pub as the dog ate my homework or my computer crashed over Thanksgiving. Either way, there was trip out back of the barn.
anngrenierAnn Grenier said:
A bit late but glad to be back after lots of holiday preparations to be done. Congrats to your daughter, Natasha, and her sixth grade group-wonderful!
I posted a poem from a couple of days back that seemed to be well received. Thanks to those who have read it before and the comments you left, always appreciated. For those yet to read, hope you enjoy it. It is written in a Geordie dialect, so it might be a little difficult to follow at first, my apologies for that in advance.
ah but it was so much fun…
My, it’s festive in here! Do you have any eggnog?
i love eggnog…eggnog lattes rule…but i will share…smiles.
like it or not,
i shared one,
Will try to read tomorrow morning, mostly.
Looking forward to reading some great poems, just linked mine!