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Hi everyone!   We are pleased to welcome our pub host today, Sarah Connor!

I am thrilled and honoured to be asked to host an evening at dVerse. Welcome!

This prompt has arisen out of something I’ve been thinking about for a while. Bear with me, and I’ll explain.

In 1739, Captain Thomas Coram opened the London Foundling Hospital. He’d been inspired by the number of destitute children he had seen on the streets of London, and spent 19 years raising funds to open the institution. Mothers brought their babies there, hoping that one day they would be able to return for them. Babies were baptised, given new names and new clothes, but their original clothes were recorded. Mothers also left a token, as proof of identity in case they did manage to return.

Thomas Coram sounds like a remarkable man, compassionate and years ahead of his time in his social attitudes. You can read more about him here: http://www.coram.org.uk/thomas-coram

The London Foundling Hospital museum exhibited some of the tokens back in 2010/11, in an exhibition called: Threads of Feeling: The London Foundling Hospital’s Textile Tokens 1740-1770.

The hospital has inspired many great artists, including Handel, Hogarth, Dickens, Grayson Perry, and children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson. Now I want it to inspire you!

Here are some more tokens:

Here is a definition of a love token:

Love token: noun

gift that is symbolic of a love relationship

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

I want you to think about these tokens. Maybe one of these images catches your imagination. Maybe you want to think about a token you would leave, or have been left. Maybe there’s something you carry around to remind you of someone you love. That’s what I want you to write about.

Here’s how to link up your work:
• Write a poem based on the prompt.
• Click on Mr. Linky. Enter your name and the direct URL to your poem.
• Provide a link to dVerse on your blog so that your readers can find us and participate.
• Leave a comment here, if you like.

• Read and comment on other poets’ work. Be sure to check back later for more poems to comment on. 

About our guest pub host:

Sarah Connor lives in Devon, England in the middle of nowhere, with her husband and two teenage children. She works with young people who have mental health difficulties. She started writing again a couple of years ago, after a long break, and finds writing poetry is better than meditation.