I believe, that within each and every one of us, a poet has been born. Awake, the poet rises to the challenge, using words to redefine limitations, shape society, and bear witness to our history. Asleep, there is an inner restlessness, a wondering, a sense of something not right, but no words to define it.
My mission, be it considered crazy or not, is to help the doubter, to realize the strength of his words. To convince her to pick up a pen, and write it out. To sort through the noise that is constant, the dogma that is abusive, the seed of doubt that was planted before we knew what “they” were doing.
Here at dVerse, we are word wielders. Whether you are posting here this evening for the first time, or are a regular with your name carved on virtual tables and stools, trust we are hungry for your words.
This is the one day a week that I dedicate solely to poetry. It is my dedicated dVerse day. Hubby takes care of supper, daughter takes care of clean up, and I get to lose myself in your words.
Poets, you are OpenLinkNight. You are my addiction, my therapist, my medicine man, my muse, and most importantly, my friends. Each and every week I leave OpenLinkNight with my faith in humanity restored. That’s a mighty magical power you’re playing with…and in your honor, I share with you what is perhaps the most famous Apple quote, and yes…you may already know it, but, I ask you…have you ever read it, thinking they were talking about you?
“Here’s to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes.The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo.You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO!” ~ Apple Computers ~
Long live the crazy ones! Together, we can change the world!
My name is Natasha Head, and I welcome you all to OpenLinkNight.
Let the poetry flow!
Here’s how we make it happen each and every week…
- Post a poem to your blog. Copy the link to that particular poem and click the Mr. Linky button to submit. Feel free to share our wonderful logo or include a link so your readers can easily find their way to us. We are always happy to see new faces.
- If your previous blogpost address is showing, simply use the curser to back space then paste your proper link, add your name, and click submit. Just one poem per post please…we’ll have lots of words to share!
- Once you have submitted your piece, you will return to Mr.Linky to drink up the poetry of others by clicking on their links. It’s on tap, it flows freely and at no charge to you. Show the love by commenting, tweeting, and sharing with the platforms of your choice.
- It’s just that simple…you are now an active participant of OpenLinkNight and you are genius!
Indigo Spider said:
Thank you for inviting me to join. I’ve been so anxious, I think I may actually be the first!
You made it! Fantastic 🙂 Welcome to dVerse…and my friend, I’m afraid you’ll never be the same again!
Yay! Welcome, Indigo. I can’t wait to read you.
Let’s get crazy 🙂 Welcome all….I THINK I managed to link my own, but the crowd was pretty rowdy! Happy OpenLinkNight!
Thamks Tashtoo for hosting tonight
Hoping to enjoy and be enjoyed!
Cheers to everyone 🙂
And thanks to you for joining in! Poet Power! 🙂
Tash, thanks for hosting OLN tonight, missed last week and that wasn’t going to happen again 🙂 Cheers
Missed ya, glad you’re back.
Ack! I just entered the wrong link the first time, Is it possible for you to delete it? It’s the one that is currently at #5. Sorry!
You are the best Claudia! 🙂
Hello Tash….thanks for hosting. Methinks I am just about ‘sane’ depending on someone else’s definition of what sane is… LOL
Thanks to you and to everyone at dverse… Drinks are on the house did you say?
Drinks on the house, and in MY perfect world…sanity is in short supply (by the dictionary’s definition) 🙂
Madeleine Begun Kane said:
Thanks as always for hosting this! Here’s my Hidden Limerick.
Here I am, happy, in another week of poetic awesomeness!!! :))
I’ll drink to that! 🙂 Welcome~
Laurie Kolp said:
Natasha- You, Brian, Claudia and all the other staff at the pub always make me feel good about my work (although the poem I posted today is not to my liking… have revised a lot and still not satisfied). I really appreciate your thoughtful dedication to this community. I look forward to dVerse days, too.
i just LOVE that apple quote… thanks natasha for hosting…let’s rock the place with poetry!!! happy OLN!!
Getting our genius like poetic freak-ons! Rock the mic poets. Three in and I’ve been put to shame! Awesome word weaving!
My first time around here, and started OLN. Just posted my link 😉 Hope you like it.
Love a new face JB! Welcome to the pub…if you need anything at all, I’m wearing the apron tonight…
Thanks so much tash for the warm welcome. It’s good to be able to read and share our poems in this way. 🙂
and you look sexy with that apron tash…just saying..smiles
warm welcome JB..great to see you in the pub
Love it when you host, Tash! Cheers, lady poet!
Love it when you post Jackie! Yet another fantastic Shorty Award nominee…(hint, hint) Poets taking over the world!!!!
Did I thank you for that? Oh Gawd! I’m sure I did…if not…how grateful and surprised I am, Tash! mwah! I also nominated you…not to return to the favor…but to let the world know what I think of your beaujtiful poetry ! Your range of subjects is awesome!
correction: not to return the favor…not …not to return to the favor… back to the drawing board for me ….
Lady…you are word slinger! A vital part of our poetic revolution for evolution!
Hi Tash! Sounds like you have a nice hubby and daughter! Deservedly so. Apple has changed my life in more ways than I can express, so enjoyed the quote. Looking forward to everyone’s words. K.
They let me hole up in the dark for an entire evening talking poetry with folks who they are not sure really exist…yes, they humor me (and also fear my wrath!) Joking, without them, I couldn’t do this each week 🙂
thank you Natasha…always appreciate the venue
Adrian Giannini said:
Morning all (well for me) and morning it feels
Enjoy the read 🙂 and thanks to all for previous comments left 🙂
Linda Kruschke said:
Wow! Only 10 minutes after 12:00 and I’m already #40! This place is hoppin’. I hope we don’t run out of ale and peanuts.
My offering today is one that “bears witness to our history” and honors a man who is considered one of the greats of the Christian faith. It’s an acrostic, which I love to write. Sometimes they can turn out stilted, but I think this one is pretty good. Hope you all like it. Now for a little poetry with my lunch. Peace, Linda
Sheila Moore said:
write on, Crazy One!!!
I love you crazy people!!!!!!! ❤ On to the POETRY!!! *Drains beer* Barkeep! Another beer! 😀
And the gal with the apron smiles sweetly, placing pint in front of poet who has so generously brought us his words! Happy OpenLinkNight! 🙂
John (@bookdreamer) said:
Not been able to write much this week so posted one of my first poems wot I wrote in 2009!
That’s a wonderful intro…thanks Natasha for hosting. Happy Open Link Night! 🙂
Welcome Louise! I hear we are being treated to a taste of Vanilla this evening!
Thanks for locking your computer room door, putting on the apron and hosting tonight, Tash, and thanks to your family for being supportive–we all need a little support, but don;t get me started on my fight with gravity. ;_) You know how to get the enthusiasm going, girl. I’m here at twenty minutes after the gate opened, and #55! When you get a chance, I’d love a Bloody Mary and some of those cheese-covered word fries Brian hides for the staff…happy trails, all.
Might need to share my apron this evening, Hedge! The Poets are taking over! And as for that issue with gravity…I plan to tackle that on my next project…lovingly referred to as My Chunky~Monkey Space….oh, the humanity!
Natasha….you speak directly and DEEPLY to my heart today.
I feel so battered because of a ‘fight’ I stepped into with religious fundamentalists in my family last week.
I forgot something that I will try to remember: I am a poet, a writer, not a wanky theologian. And they are nothing if not bigots, narrow and ignorant people. I have….once again….learned that in the hands of such people …religion can block, deflect and destroy creativity. That to dwell within their arguments does nothing to further the beauty of our poetic gifts, but just frustrates our endeavours.
I am so glad I have the shelter, the harbor of poets here at dversepoets. Without you, I would be broken, lost and in utter confusion. The poetry I have read here has lifted my spirits but more ….has given me a window to what is best in this marvelous world: compassionate humanity through creativity.
Thank you, folks, just for existing. A world of difference.
Lady Nyo…waving her sleeves at y’all.
Our New World Creative Union is growing! We are fostering all those wonderful traits that make us human…not break other humans. Here’s to you Lady Nyo, for having the courage to stay true to YOU! And you’ve got a pretty cool bunch of folks here who’ve got your back! Stay strong…and Poet on!
Thanks, Natasha! I’ll take this group having my back anyday.
I’m so grateful for the poets here. And there.
Lady Nyo…perking up.
This is my second week here at dVerse Pub’s Open Link Night. I was amazed at the talent I found here last week, and I’m looking forward to reading more fabulous poems in the coming days.
I’ve posted one of mine which is the lost #5 from a series I wrote in 1999. Read them all if you have time, or just this one; either way, I hope you enjoy it/them.
Thanks for the warm welcome last week!
A return trip must mean we got it right the first time 😉 Welcome back!
Steve Shultz said:
Great intro, Tash! You’ve definitely convinced me to pick up my pen and grow as a poet. As always, thanks for all you do at the pub.
Um…Steve….I think that fierce pen of yours weaves all on its own! You just had to pick it up…it’s been awesome to see your voice grow stronger and stronger with every write! Loved the haikus today too!
And what a link up for this evening! Awesome stuff!
Kellie Elmore said:
Oh how I love Link Night! 🙂 Can I have a Tangerini please? 🙂
Any thing for the gal with the most beautiful book cover ever! If you poet’s didn’t know it, Kellie has a collection of poetry coming up…keep your eyes out! Magic in the Backyard is going to be fantastic!
Gwen Dubeau said:
Happy OLN everyone, some really great poetry posted on the board..
Best wishes to all and enjoy!
Great to be here again! Lots to real already…
Well I’ve been putting off writing all week even though words were swimming around, serious dose of can’t be bothereds, but how could I refuse such a passionate call to ink? 🙂
So it worked? 🙂 Glad to have you on board!
My husband and I have both linked our poems, posted on my blog. This is his second poem linked to dverse; come show him your support!
I can’t wait to read all the poetry you’ve poured out. I for one am bone dry after writing the last one. It sucked the marrow out of me.
Thank you for hosting this awesome link night.
C.L. Sostarich said:
Happy reading poets! Can’t wait to dig in 🙂
No time to post this week (too much grading and conference promo work to do), but please play. And post. And silence those inner policemen.
Here! Here! 🙂 May you find some inspiring moments at least as the real world steals you away from us!
Hey darling. 🙂 I made it. Man this place fills up quick. A rocking place with a fun crew. 🙂
Yay! The poor poet who has seen how the real world wrecks havoc with my days! River has just released a wonderful collection recounting her struggles with MS. It’s gut wrenching, laughable, tear jerking and a brilliant weave. If you can read it all with dry eyes….(I couldn’t make it past the cover without nearly weeping) Writing helped get her through…yet another testament to the power of the words we crave!
“Poets, you are OpenLinkNight. You are my addiction, my therapist, my medicine man, my muse, and most importantly, my friends.”
Hey stranger! Had some fun with your MondayMelting! (And we’ve got to convince that man of yours to make the leap to his own space!)
Ginny Brannan said:
Mighty big compliment you paid to us, Tash. Thanks from this “round” peg for making us all feel so welcome!
Joe Hesch said:
Sorry I’m so late to visit you, my dear, dear friend. Stupid job!!!
I hope readers realize that your intro is for real, from the ginormous heart of the Real Natasha Head. No bogus online jive.
And, as I promised you, I have written the love poem you were looking forward to.
Keeping rocking, dear heart. Fight that good fight. See you out there. xox
You had me nervous Joe! I wouldn’t know a thing about stupid jobs (she states sarcastically as she pours the poet a pint of words) At least we’ve got OpenLInkNight!!!
Quarto Barto (@QuartoBarto) said:
… just thought I’d drop by and leave a link to “16 Line Lovers”
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Wonderful invite to craziness, purpose and joy, Tash. I’ve been “absent” more or less this last week. Life can absorb us and keep us away from what we love the most. Thanks for the literary libations. I feel better already.
Beth Winter said:
*carving my name in the bar top* It has to match the tables and chairs. 🙂
I have had some issues, nothing horrible really, just a disagreement with a coyote and facing the challenge of hitching a ride 60 miles away. I am nearly home and will visit links as soon as I can.
Love your article tonight. Happy OLN!
Just came back to see the twitterstream! Holy smokes, Lady! Glad you’re okay…there’s gotta be a poem in that adventure!
brian miller said:
woohoo i feel at home among the crazy people…just saying…haha…happy openlinknight everyone…hope you are having a great time…and hats off to our ever lovely host…see you out on the trail…
Well, my first foray into this land and I thought to post something a little more serious but this seems to work with the prompt and I’m getting a little snowed under trying to keep up with some deadlines and other stuff so (I know excuses, excuses …) In any case, “The Case to be Made for Raising a Poet” is here: http://theblogamist.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/the-case-to-be-made-for-raising-a-poet/
I must add; I loved this article and am looking forward to an ongoing relationship with this interesting “pub”
I’m definitely slipping in the comment department this evening…but we’ve got a seat ready and waiting and are thrilled to see you step up to the mic! Drink’s on dVerse…you bring the poetry 🙂 Welcome to OpenLinkNight!
nice….great to have you here…i will be by in a bit….been out on the trail and about to eat some dinner before i imbibe in more verse…smiles.
Pat Hatt said:
Tashtoo is the host that I never knew, perhaps I should read sooner next time what comes due..lol
Welcome back, cat, er pat…or have I confused the Face it fact? Poets, if you’ve yet to visit sir RhymeTime…there’s a lovely adventure in store for you!
Karen Maeby said:
I wish everyone well with open link night & future poetry nights. I’ve quit blogging/writing. It may last only a month or even more…but I just wanted to stop in and say hey. 🙂
Karen…we’re happy to have you! We’ll wave the word requirement tonight 😉 But don’t forsake your pen…keep it close…we’ll be here should your muse tickle the ink!
Shashi (@VerseEveryDay) said:
Submitted my latest Haiku on “How I write poetry” and a longer verse “A door Firmly Shut… “. Look forward to your comments and views.
I was totally busy with work last week, so could not check out any posts… but this week I have kept some time aside to check out the wonderful talent here..
ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
At Twitter @VerseEveryDay
Welcome Shashi! I’ve been trying to get Tuesday completely off from the “real world” so I can just hang here at the pub…I can see it in my mind…visualize, feel it, and it will happen… 🙂
Hey Tash… I may just get lost in this sea of poetry… but I’d rather drown here than any other place… Thank you for hosting and giving everyone a shot of courage! =)
I must admit… I have no vision left to read today… I will be back tomorrow to read so many talented writers… This really is such a great place to share poetry with one another.:)
good morning everyone…waking to 128 links…nice… a cup of coffee and see you out on the trail..
good morning claudia…its still hopping here…may want to make that 2 cups…smiles.
LOVE that apple quote… Thanks, Natasha– needed that tonight!
It’s gotten me through more than one rough patch when fighting that status quo! Glad you could put “the vibe” to use!
Thank you for your generosity, your love of poetry, your dedication, your enthusiasm, your support and your forgiveness for those of us whose lives are crowding our arts and smearing our dabs of inspiration. Today felt as though I rode hard, and put up wet…yet, found a minute for a dance. Hope you guys like! Thanks everyone for being in my corner. Gay
glad you danced for us gay…smiles…been waiting to see you…
Steve Bertrand said:
Still in a major writing slump, so I posted a not-very-good-somethin’ based on a little bit of lovin’ 😉 Lots of linkies tonight. I look forward to reading tomorrow.
loving is a good thing….smiles.
This is beautiful.
How old is your daughter Natasha?
She just turned 12 in November…but is it any surprise she’s the mature one of the bunch 😉
Just want to thank Tashtoo for hosting, and everyone for posting. Tis a wonderful thing. Oh, and thanks to people for retweets and comments. Means alot.
Also, I’ve blacked out my blog for the SOPA protest so at some point today, maybe now – it’s down. Just a heads up.
And just like that – it’s light again.
I’ll do a proper sweep round tomorrow – plus comment replies and visits back. My brain is informing me sleep is needed. Damn shame.
Good morning poets and protesters…may the strength of your pens and your convictions lend some common sense to what is going down. Makes my head spin to think about SOPA, but I will refrain from turning this into my personal soap box. (Not to mention, some research and more learning is required on my part) Power on Poets!
Okay Poets…I’ve done my research…and have closed my parlour for the day…this is scary stuff! I’ll also be missing from twitter and facebook until 8pm this evening. (I can go that long…right?) See you all (dramatic organ music inserted here) after dark! Yes…we must stop SOPA
Seek the Sun said:
Finally made it to the pub. I’ll take a coffee to go as I have to head to work. I’ll return later for a more substantial beverage. Then, I’ll have some time to sit back and enjoy everyone’s poems.
Enjoyed your inspirational introduction. I wish I could be as disciplined – will work on it.
Poetic evolution is the most beautiful thing! 😉
Do y’all serve drinks on Wednesday nights too? 😉
alright back after the black out today…and have the last 12 to read….hope you all had a great day!
Last 12!!! Brian…you should offer up a post on effective and efficient commenting procedure… You rock, Poet! One day I’ll learn your secrets! 😉
How wonderful – I ony just wrote one which fits the bill perfectly! 🙂