Welcome to our OpenLinkNight ! This is your opportunity to link 1 poem of your choice as this is no prompt-day. For those who missed the Mr Linky deadline the past week or this Tuesday’s poetics about “Holy Places”, this is also your opportunity to share your poem. Also, our Haibun Monday about “Faith” is also open the whole week.
Let me share with you a beautiful reading by poet Mark Strand, The End.
Not every man knows what he shall sing at the end,
Watching the pier as the ship sails away, or what it will seem like
When he’s held by the sea’s roar, motionless, there at the end,
Or what he shall hope for once it is clear that he’ll never go back.
When the time has passed to prune the rose or caress the cat,
When the sunset torching the lawn and the full moon icing it down
No longer appear, not every man knows what he’ll discover instead.
When the weight of the past leans against nothing, and the sky
Is no more than remembered light, and the stories of cirrus
And cumulus come to a close, and all the birds are suspended in flight,
Not every man knows what is waiting for him, or what he shall sing
When the ship he is on slips into darkness, there at the end.
If you are participating in the National Poetry Month of April, good luck to you!!!!
To join us for Thursday’s OpenLinkNight, which happens every other week, here’s how to join:
See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Happy OLN everyone! And for those participating in the National Poetry month, good luck with your poetry writing !
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I loved the reading… such a poem I wish I could write… it’s a good thing we know that we can always get better. Happy Thursday…
I think its fun to include poetry readings! Happy Thursday!!!
“Full moon icing it down’….what a wonderful phrase. Hello Grace and everyone here. I’ve missed a lot here over the past few months, and I love haibuns….but I am trying. Posting “Easter Morning” today.
Thanks for joining us Jane ~
Grace, such a beautiful poem!! Thank you for posting it. Thak you to Mark Strand for writing it!
Thanks for joining us Annell! Happy Thursday !
Happy Thursday everyone! This week has flown by, which I blame partly on NaPoWriMo. I’ve had trouble keeping up! But I’ve read some fantastic poetry this week and am looking forward to more.
See you in the poetry trail Kim!
Happy OLN everyone 🙂
Happy OLN Sanaa !
I’m sharing a poem I wrote for napowrimo. Looking forward to reading everyone’s work.
Good luck with the writing for April!
ending before I begin, beginning after the end. looks like i go tturned around in the middle. Good thing i managed to find the pub! a pint of sam smiths oatmeal stout if you please. or something epic by sam adams, if you have it.
Coming right up erbiage ! We are always around in the corner ~
What a beautiful poem. So sad. My father-in law is currently in the end stages of life and it is a strange business, I think this poem puts it across beautifully. Thanks for this Grace. XXX
My father died late last year and another family member is in critical condition so this poem resonated with me. Thanks for joining us ~
Sending you much love. XX
Happy OLN everyone and thank you for hosting tonight Grace. I have linked some tanka prose and will swing by to read in a moment :o)
See you in the poetry trail !
Frank Hubeny said:
Thank you for hosting, Grace. Hopefully I will have something to post by this evening.
Looking forward to it Frank ~ Thanks for your visits around the blogs ~
Our last day in Bermuda. Tomorrow I will be home in Boston and — with apologies to all – shall catch up on all my reading! From last week too 😦
Happy Thursday, all! Thanks for hosting, Grace.
PS: Next time I host, I’ll be offering Dark and Stormys from the bar, the national drink of Bermuda 🙂
Enjoy your last day Lillian ! Safe journeys and see you behind the bar !
Frank J. Tassone said:
Happy OLN, Poets! Thanks, Grace!
Happy OLN Frank !
Charmed Chaos said:
Grace- love the reading! Thanks for hosting.
I am happy you enjoyed the reading ! Happy Thursday !
Charmed Chaos said:
You too Grace.
Thanks for hosting, Grace! Nothing to drink right now. I’m composing today’s poem for GloPoWriMo. I’ll be in among the exhibits from time-to-time.
ha..ha… See you Charley!
paul scribbles said:
Thanks for hosting Grace. Dropped in one from the first few days of NaPoWriMo.
Good luck with the NaPoWriMo writing Paul !
Thanks for hosting, Grace. I actually saw this before I posted today, so I linked it to OLN. 🙂
Thanks for joining us ~
refract reality said:
I enjoyed your poem Grace. I could not leave a comment on your site. The cardnals color he bare ground. I liked how you found solace in your church. One brick of many.
Thank you for your comment ~
I really enjoy reading your posts.
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Hello everyone. The pub is busy! Thought I’d pop in for open mike night. Thanks for hosting Grace.
Thanks for joining us and have a great weekend ~
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thank you for this poem. Reflecting on the end makes the living all the more precious. A great reminder to listen with my whole heart. Rest well fellow poets.
Yes, makes living every day very precious ~ Have a great weekend ~
Hi all, a little late to the bar, but have a piece from this week, walking by the seaside. Looking forward to reading later on tonight.
Thanks for joining us Peter !
A beautiful string of sentiments on the moment the brain closes down , but I’m tempted to alter one word for it to make more sense to me .
I would say ‘ Not any man’ .
I cannot find the linking place…..I have been searching for long. Can I get a link. I know it’s been late😔
Our Mr Linky is under the post. Here it is: https://www.blenza.com/linkies/links.php?owner=dversepoets&postid=04Apr2018&meme=12507
Daniela Marin said:
Thank you, Grace! This is the first time on openlinknight for me. This time I did receive the invitation by mail.
It is said that each soul/person has its own song. At least in two moments, when comes into life and when exits this life, that unique song can be heard.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello Friends… I will now leave for my vacation… sorry for all the poems I couldn’t read this week… it will get better again.
Enjoy your vacation ~
Bekkie Sanchez said:
Morning dVerse! I’m out of town right now too which is why I’m not writing. I’ll be back next week. I didn’t get all my reading done either I had to leave last week.
See you soon! Hugs all around!
See you soon Bekkie ~ Enjoy the weekend and travels ~
I missed taking part in the National Poetry month. Participating in the #AtoZChallenge this year too.
The poem I’ve linked is about why I say yes to travel & yes to the world! 🙂
Have a great week!
Good luck in your writing for this month Anita ~ Have a great weekend ~