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Hello, dear fellow poets, Marina Sofia here with you today and very honoured I am to be setting a prompt on this the fourth anniversary week of dVerse Poets.

Four years now that we have been visiting our ‘local pub’ – some of us ever since it first opened, some of us joined in later, some very recently indeed. We nod, smile, nurse our drinks, comment occasionally on the cocktail the other person is having… but how well do we know each other? I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all of you to get to know each other a little better.

And because of my background in corporate training and workshop facilitation, let’s play a little icebreaker game (hopefully not as dull as some of those we do in the training room).
1) Find three words that describe you well or mean a lot to you – you don’t need to explain why they mean so much to you, but they do have to be oozing with significance. For example, for myself, I might choose: Vienna, swoosh and fairness.
2) Now, choose three words to describe things or people that you are grateful for, to build on the gratitude discussion and the Mary Oliver poem Grace featured yesterday.
Let me again give a personal example: children, words, friends.

3) Now write a short poem (no longer than 12 lines please, but it can be shorter if you like) incorporating these six words. You may want to list the words at the start (or end) of your poem, or else highlight them in bold in your poem.

Here’s how to link up, if you’ve never done it before:1) Write a poem and post it to your site/blog.
2) Enter a link to your poem and your name by clicking Mr Linky below.
3) You will find links to other poets. Read, enjoy, share and comment on other poets’ work.
4) If you are promoting your work on social media, use the tag #dversepoets or @dversepoetsThank you and look forward to getting to know you all better!