On behalf of the D’verse Team, I am pleased to welcome Lillian as our new pub host. Lillian, along with Mish, are great additions to our wonderful community. Here is Lillian’s wonderful prompt:
Hello everyone! I’m delighted and honored to move from guest host to member of the team at dVerse. So, tending the bar today, let’s serve up some Poetics!
I recently saw a wonderful exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts: Mega Cities Asia. It features 11 artists who created urban sculptures to reflect the political, environmental, and social conditions of their home cities which include Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul. Each sculpture was unique and mesmerizing. I was especially intrigued with Hu Xiangcheng’s Doors Away from Home-Doors Back Home. A walk-through sculpture it was built from doors, windows, and artifacts scavenged from dismantled housing in Shangai. The artist indicates the materials are stripped from their context…disconnected from the human lives they once enclosed and embraced. Thought provoking!
So I started thinking about doors – and how many of my photographs from travels have included doors of one kind or another. Definitions of door include a hinged, sliding or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building or room; the distance from one building in a row to another as in they lived three doors apart. Think about the kinds of doors or the way we can use the word: door-to-door salesmen, open door policy, double doors, French doors, storm doors, trap doors, portals, openings, an entrance, an exit, doorway to the soul, a door prize, a hatchway.
So – for today’s Poetics, let’s write a poem that reflects the idea of doors – and includes the word in some form, or a synonym for the word. Below are some of my door pictures. Choose one of them (please provide credit) or include a photo of your choice of some type of door that relates to your poem. Have fun with it!
If you are new to d’Verse, here’s how it works…
- Write a poem related to the prompt and post it to your blog.
- Click on the Mr Linky button below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem.
- You will find links to other poets. Read and comment on other poet’s work.
- If you are promoting your work on social media, use the tag #dversepoets.
- Have fun!
Lillian Hallberg grew up, married and raised her children in the Midwest. She moved to Boston in 1997. Emeritus dean of MBA programs, she began writing poetry in February 2015 and happened upon dVerse in December that year. She’s enjoyed the camaraderie of folks at the bar and has learned much from the prompts and feedback. A proud mom of two and grandmother to five, she’s been married to the love of her life, George, since 1970. Lillian can be found most early mornings with pen and journal in hand, and a steaming cup of coffee nearby. She is published in Provincetown Magazine, North End Waterfront, and Poetry Breakfast, but mainly takes delight in being what she calls a home poet. Never one to say “retirement,” she enjoys rejuvenatement immensely! Her poetry and flash fiction can be found at http://lillianthehomepoet.com
Hello everyone! Delighted to be tending bar, opening the doors at the pub on time and hoping to hear from many of you! Tis a bright sunny day in Boston – finally – and I am just back from a walk along the Charles (thank you Bjorn for yesterday’s walking prompt!). Here’s to a myriad of doors opening at today’s poetics!
Victoria C. Slotto said:
We have had so many wonderful prompts lately, and this is one of them. So happy to have you join us as a pubtender, Lillian. Your photos are beautiful and doors…such a great metaphor.
So glad you like the photos. Doors are truly fascinating….may we pass through many with those we love! 🙂
There really have been some excellent prompts of late. I almost am sad for those who missed out – one of the best things about the prompts is to read the post by the Pub Tender – not just grabbing the prompt and writing, but fully reading and getting to know the prompter in yet another way. Such fun!
I totally agree! I love reading the stories before/behind the prompts! 🙂
A very interesting prompt Lillian ~ So many possibilities ~
I will be linking up in a bit when I get home ~ We are having a mildly cool spring day today ~
Thanks for hosting ~
My pleasure, Grace. Lots of possibilities, yes. Will enjoy seeing how people work with this one! 🙂
My mind is still with the wildfires in Fort McMurray when I wrote this ~ I am in and will be hitting the poetry trail now ~
So great to have you with the Team! And such a wonderful prompt with so many possibilities indeed. I may have to do two, if I have time. The photos are great. And for the prompt, one of my favorite quotes which is from Dracula: “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.”
Many thanks for the warm welcome! ….and I love the quote! Yes — I’m contemplating a second one — much lighter than the first. We’ll see if I have time what with tending the bar 🙂
I think of the round doors of the Hobbits. Love those doors.
Oh I must say — I love the variety so far on this prompt! 🙂 Keep ’em coming, folks!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I’m sitting through the night with negotiations right now… If I can I will try to get up.
Not to worry, Bjorn. And when you get done….sleep, my friend! You can always come back to read another time.
Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) said:
Hope you are having an amazing week so far 🙂 sharing my poem “Behind the door.”
Thank you Lillian for the wonderful opportunity 🙂 and congratulations on joining the D.team 😀
Lots of love,
Thrilled to be here! Loved your poem — so many diverse responses to the prompt. Really enjoying myself while sipping my evening chardonnay! 🙂
Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) said:
You’re most welcome ❤ ❤
Loved your writeup, Lillian, and this prompt. Doors hold so much promise…so many secrets.
Glad you enjoyed the prompt….so many takes on it 🙂 I must say, I’m enjoying tending bar tonight! 🙂
Arcadia Maria said:
This is an interesting prompt. I used my own picture since my poem is a little melancholy.
So nice to see you here….taking a quick break for a late dinner. Shall read your poem in a bit. Looking forward to it! Using your own photo is absolutely ok.
Thank you, Lillian, for providing an outlet, for the safe release of some of my pain. Will admit my first poem was unique, even for me.
I’ve found dVerse to be a wonderfully supportive place. So glad you’re finding the same.
Signing off for the evening. Yawning here — shall return in the AM, with my hot steaming cup of coffee and fresh eyes 🙂
Thank you for an insipirational prompt, Lillian. I had to write in a rush this morning. The computer keeps crashing and we’re off to collect my daugyter’s wedding dress. It had been raining all yesterday and all night but the sun has just shown its face, so I hope it will be like this for the rest of teh day. Then I have to get my suitcase packed for a few days in Vienna, so I will be offline until Monday.
Good morning — sun is shining in Boston and I’m back online for a bit — until my yoga class. Which doesn’t sound near as exciting as picking up a daughter’s wedding dress and going to Vienna! ENJOY!
Hello, it’s been awhile, but I’ve left a poem tp participate in this prompt. Best wishes.
Welcome back! Delighted to see your return – shall mosey over to see your poem and hope you come by again – the more the merrier at the bar 😊🎉
A lovely welcome back, thanks.
Pamela Smyk Cleary said:
Just happened to have an older poem that ‘fit the bill’, so I’m posting it here (I hope that’s OK…?) If not, please delete it with my apologies. Just trying to master my Mr. Linky connection skills — before he expires. 😉 (Hope this works.)
Will mosey over to take a peek! I must say, this beautiful sunny Boston day is a distraction for me 😎. But I’m still here – skipping back and forth from my deck to imbibe in sunshine one moment, and creative words the next!
Thank you, Lillian, for hosting Poetics this week!
Stepping away from the bar to have an evening out with my husband. Will return tomorrow AM. Do feel free to meander through the wonderful posts and comment on them. For new posters, I’ll mosey on over for a read with my morning cup of coffee early tomorrow AM! 😊
An intriguing prompt, Lillian! I’m joining late but also look forward to reading tomorrow…
Good morning! Hot steaming coffee mug in hand….ready to do some more reading. These response to the prompt have been so wonderful — and so diverse! From the silly to the sublime to the sobering. I do believe I’ll be going back to read them all a second time this weekend (well, third time for some).
…and good morning Lynn! Glad to have you and happy you find the prompt an intriguing one. Will mosey over now to read your response! Not to worry, Mister Linky is staying open for this one 🙂
I am late, but love this prompt, Lillian.
You can post it in OLN, which is open now (the current post) ~ Thanks Sara ~