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dverselogo“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering — these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love — these are what we stay alive for.

To quote from Whitman,

“O me, O life of the questions of these recurring.
Of the endless trains of the faithless. Of cities filled with the foolish. What good amid these, O me, O life?
Answer: that you are here. That life exists and identity. That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”

What will your verse be?” ~Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society)


Perhaps you’ve seen the new iPad Air commercial that incorporates Robin William’s speech to his students from Dead Poets Society—maybe you like it, maybe you hate it—there seems to be some debate about it. I get pretty excited and inspired every time I hear that first paragraph…”this is why we stay alive.”

“What will be your verse” is such a great question as well—that not only are we invited to contribute a verse, but we get to choose as well—in life.

So today, I want you to answer it—what is your verse?

You can answer it in the comments below or use it to inspire your poetry for OpenLinkNIght tomorrow. Either way, I look forward to hearing what your verse is.


On another note, we are wanting to refurbish a bit and thought we would involve you in spicing things up with a fresh coat of paint. If you are an artist, photographer, or happen to know someone that is—we would like you to submit original art or photography to be our new header.

It is important that it convey the feel of our pub or a pub. Other than that, submit as often as you want to dversepoets@gmail.com.

The chosen artist will have their photo or art appear as the header with their name/attribution listed in our sidebar with a direct link to their website.

Have at it.

Oh, yeah—so what is your verse?   ~Brian