Welcome to dVerse, the poets’ pub. It’s Sarah here, your bartender for tonight. Come in and enjoy yourself!
One of the things I love about dVerse is that it is so…diverse! I want to really celebrate that tonight.
Tonight’s prompt was inspired by Qbit’s prompt from a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here: https://dversepoets.com/2018/10/01/haibun-monday-murmuration/. He asked us to write about the individual in a crowd. Three people wrote about their commute to work – Bjorn, Grace and Rosma – it was wonderful! I got to travel to Sweden, Canada and the Philippines. I don’t often get the chance to do that on a Monday night.
It made me think about my own commute. I travel through some beautiful scenery, but I rarely pay attention to it. I’m usually too busy thinking about what I’ll be doing at work, what I’ll cook for dinner, or what I’ll be doing for my blog tonight. Mindfulness practice reminds us to stay in the moment, to be aware of what’s happening around us right now – but it’s hard!
So tonight I want to travel with you. I want you to think about a journey you do regularly – you know, that journey that has become so routine you can get to your destination and think “How did I get here?”. Maybe it’s a journey to work, a journey to your family home, a journey to the beach, the market, a lover’s flat…
Spend a little time thinking about the journey itself, and about your thoughts and feelings as you travel. What’s it like as you set off? What’s it like as you arrive? Are there landmarks you always acknowledge? Are there features you are always surprised by?
Now, write a poem, and let me travel with you. I’m looking forward to the trip.
Enjoy the ride!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all… I almost always bicycle to work… today I took up another aspect. Have a wonderful Tuesday.
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Welcome everyone! My day was ridiculous and my commute was a nightmare, so I’ll be dipping in and out for a bit. I’m looking forward to being transported tonight!
My son says I should do a prompt about winning the lottery, after my journey home tonight! So look out for that one!!!
What a fun prompt, Sarah! Thanks for hosting and insuring we’ll all be armchair visitors for some journeys today and in the next few days. I don’t usually write longer poems….but this one does go on a journey 🙂 Happy Tuesday everyone!
Thanks, Lillian. I’m looking forward to some armchair travelling too.
Jane Dougherty said:
This is a massive prompt, Sarah. We could spend weeks on it. I’ve rattled off one rambling stream of consciousness type poem, but I could have written so many. Thanks!
Good evening all. I forgot to leave a comment here, so I’m doing so before I close down my laptop for the night. I’ve enjoyed the poems I’ve read so far and will be back early tomorrow morning for more!
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Sarah! When I think of all the things I know I am missing on my journey, it makes me what what is there that I don’t even know I’m missing.
Thanks to everyone who has posted so far. I’m off to bed now, but I’ll be reading in the morning!
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hello Sarah, thank you hosting this lovely prompt for Poetics. it gave me a chance to look at the simple things i see everyday on my walk home. made me happy to write with more description. hope you have a restful night after that long commute. will be reading the other journeys soon, its my day off and its pouuring rain , I could not have picked a better day to stay home!
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V.J. Knutson said:
Hi all! thanks for the prompt, Sarah. I must say I haven’t commuted for many years, and while I am fortunate to get out when my husband or another generous soul offers, I stay pretty much close to home. My journeys nowadays involve delving into literature, meditation, and art – so hope you don’t mind that I stretched the prompt a bit.
I’m just happy to see you here. I’m glad you found something in the prompt that you could use.
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Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, Sarah, for the inticing prompt. I offer a variation on a theme: the invitation to a journey yet taken! 🙂
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Dorianna Ric (paint-it-poetry) said:
topic close to my heart as I have road-tripped most of the country and lived a gypsy life.
I am on vacation this week …. will catch up with you all next week!
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thanks for the prompt, Sarah. here is my take
Thanks for joining in! Lovely to see you here.
My pleasure and an opportunity to read others too 🙂
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great prompt, thank you.
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Hi Sarah, I was “stuck” on the idea of early so my poem sort of fits both prompts …but perhaps really neither! We’re in the middle of harvest here so I wrote it while waiting in the field.
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Charmed Chaos said:
Hi Sarah- Thanks for hosting. I hope it’s okay- I wrote a Haibun. Posting now and off to read…
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Hi Sarah, I am terribly sorry but the first link I put on Mr Linky is the wrong link and I don’t know how to remove it. I am not well at the moment and am making these silly mistakes too often. Apologies. Here is the correct link – https://beinginnatureblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/25/on-a-journey/
Thanks for joining in, Suzanne, and thanks for letting me know about the link. I’ve deleted the wrong link for you. Hope you feel better soon. Technology is too hard when you’re feeling a bit fuzzy at the edges! Thank you for your beautiful haiga – loved it.
Thank you for being so understandingg Sarah. I really appreciate it.
No worries. Mr Linky moves in mysterious ways…
This has started me thinking about something I really want to wirte, but I won’t likely be done anytime soon. Will have to post later, but could be a few weeks or longer. Thanks for the inspiration!
Aw, shucks. I hope it bubbles up into something. Look forward to reading it.
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It’s such an interesting prompt just wanted to add another link, which fits the prompt better too 🙂 Thanks for hosting, Sarah!
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