Lillian here, delighted to host today’s Poetics.
Some of you have known me for a while through dVerse so perhaps you know I am rejuvenated (never say retired). Six years ago I closed my university office door for the last time, ending that era of my life. I’d been in education administration for 30+ years, and for the final five years, Dean of a Global MBA program. As I shut the door, I suddenly burst into uncontrollable sobs. I had to walk quickly down the hall, prayed no one else would be in the elevator and then rushed out of the building with my head down, tears streaming down my face. I was shocked by my reaction. I was so ready to be done with all the stress. I wanted this. What was wrong with me? About halfway home, the tears stopped and I gulped fresh air as fast as I could. And then I understood. I’d literally shed a persona. Initially, it was a shock to the system. I’d left that old self sitting at that empty desk in that now empty space. Like a snake, I’d shed my skin and was a new person – open to new possibilities.
And boy, have I taken advantage of rejuvenatement (never say retirement)! I took several online poetry classes, started writing, and found dVerse. My husband and I decided to travel and experience the world….cruises to the far corners of the globe IE New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Antarctica. This April we will be in China and Japan. Being an old debater from my high school and college days, I love doing research to shed light on the best places to see, the cooking classes to take, and the cultural aspects to appreciate in each country we visit.
So…..do you see a word that has replicated itself in the two previous paragraphs? As a former English and drama high school teacher in the 1970s; with a communications major, an intense interest in language, and a strong belief in the power of words, I am always amazed at the delineation of meanings one spelling can have in the English language. I’m a bit hung up today, on this one word: s-h-e-d. She’d known all along, there was a secret in that old wood shed. And if she knew the answer, it would shed meaning on so many things! Yep. You’ve got it. The prompt for today: write a poem (any form; rhyming or not) that includes the word “shed” or a form of the word. I expect to see lots of diversity in the posts for today. Shed your inhibitions and let your imaginations run with it!
And for those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:
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- And most importantly, please do read some of the other responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too!
Photo of woodshed from Pixabay.com
Welcome to the pub today! It’s a cold day in Boston — so much ice on top of the snow that you can walk it and crunch! But at least the sun is shining….which sheds light on why I’m in such a good mood!
PS: Bjorn – sure enjoyed the discussion on Monday’s pub talk! It’s still going strong!
My internet connection is a bit slow today….just a heads up! Maybe it’s all the ice?
Prompt sounds like fun Lillian, or perhaps I should say “Woeld Traveler Lillian”. Thank you for hosting today. I am going to shed my fears (hopefully not shed my tears) and write an appropriate poem… 🙂
Nice to see you here, Rob. Internet is a bit slow so I keep having to reboot rather than refresh….sigh….some days I’d like to shed off all the technology around me and go back to letter writing and telephone calls! 😊
I hear ya’ Lillian. We have lost all the charm and personality of those “old school” ways to keep in touch. Our phone in the 40’s was a “party line”, and we had to make sure the line was clear, “click” the operator to get a line out. Later our modern upgrade was a “rotary dial” phone, and our phone number in the 50’s was JAckson 2738. I wrote letters in cursive with a fountain pen, taking care with my ink blotter in hand. Things were simpler. Not necessarily better, but certainly simpler, and at a gentler pace.
Delta 6-3754 my childhood phone number. Oh yes….party lines and neighbors who listened in! I thought I was so modern when I had a cartridge fountain pen! Remember those? I still ask for stationery for Christmas and have dear friends and family I write to. 😊
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all… joining with a short poem… just tried to shed some light how to stay alive in darkness.
Ah but you had a wonderful darkness for a background to the blood moon!
City lights and bad weather here….
Good evening Lill! Good evening poets! It has turned bitterly cold here in the UK and yesterday we had a very icy fog. I had to drive home in the dark in it and while doing so, my headlights dimmed so much I could hardly see – two of the bulbs, one in each headlight, had gone. It was hair-raising to say the least. Even our cat Luna, who spends much of her time outdoors, is staying in. So if you have something spicy and hot on offer (to drink, that is), Lill, I’m up for a tall one, please!
Ah….mulled wine perhaps? We have some glogg that I believe Bjorn left at the pub just for such an occasion. Glad to know you made it safely home!
Mulled wine sounds perfect, Lill! Thank you.
Thanks for hosting, Lil! Working late but I’ll be by to read after dinner.
Good to see you Jilly….pub will be open all through the night and in the AM too so no worries! When I step away, I always leave the light on and the key under the mat😊See you later!
Hi lillian and All. It’s good getting to know about you. If you would please pour me a nice warm glog it would be wonderful. It’s 20F (-12C) here today with a brisk windchill.
Coming right up! And ummmmm what all you fellow poets cannot smell is the delicious aroma from the glogg while it stays warm!
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Lillian! Change is hard, even simple changes, let alone a former career. It is like shedding some part of us as you mentioned.
I truly was ready to rejuvenate….I think that door closing on an empty office just was a shock to the system! I do love rejuvenatement….and since I married my best friend (as well as the man I love), days are very very good! We are both enjoying out new found time😊
V.J. Knutson said:
Windy day here in Texas. The door to my career shut, unplanned, and the adjustment was as you describe it Lillian. Felt like surgical removal of persona without anesthetic, lol. Room to write and join groups like this one have made the transition more than palatable.
What’s that adage….when one door closes, another opens….I think that can be very true unless the door is slammed in your face. Then it can be pretty hard to even find another door. LOL. Glad you’re here at dVerse, my friend. It’s an amazing pub, eh? 🙂
V.J. Knutson said:
It sure is – thanks for hosting.
Love that photograph!
Hi, Lillian! Thank you for hosting. Fun prompt… once I got into it.
Always love to tend the pub! Glad to see you here, Charley. Over to read in just a sec!
Nice prompt! I’d love some snow. We have mud mud muc…
Well…..yes, I do think snow is preferable to mud. But we also have ice – ugh! Glad to see you here tonight, Sarah. Step right up! 🙂
Aren’t Estonian women the most beautiful in the world?
We loved walking around Tallin!
My husband says that about them. I wondered if that was your experience in person. 🙂
I actually find all peoples beautiful in different countries. So many unique attributes and customs.
What I found most fascinating about Tallin was the history’…the old buildings and narrow streets. I remember a beautiful Orthodox Church.
Violet Lentz said:
Thank you Lillian for the delightful venue and the ever lovely prompts.
Glad you enjoyed, Violet. My youngest granddaughter’s name is Phoebe Violet. 😊
Off for dinner. Back in a bit! Keep posting😊
I posted a second poem entitled Burglar Moon, which I composed for your “Shed” prompt. I think/hope that is OK Lillian?
Absolutely A-ok. The only limitation is one poem only for Thursday OLN. All others, multiples are okay.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Evening, Poets! Thanks, lillian, for the intriguing challenge! See you all on the trail tomorrow! 🙂
Good to see you here!
A short prompt mashup for me today, and a little late to the party. Windy and crazy cold here for us desert folk today. Please send hot beverages. And poems. 🙂
Warm mulled wine and hot chocolate on the bar! Good to see you here😊
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Lovely prompt! On a cold day like today, it seemed necessary to venture into what will be … even while still holding to what may remain frozen in time … 😉
Hitting the sack folks. Back in the early AM. Keep posting! 😊
Sascha Darlington said:
Thank you for sharing, Lillian. Life changes are difficult. But as they say, when one door closes, another opens.
Exactly! Sometimes we just have to search a bit for that next door! Glad to see you here Sascha!
Sascha Darlington said:
Thank you. I like being here. I just need to find more time to write and comment! 🙂
Laura Bloomsbury said:
a great word to play with Lilian – and one I could relate to right now –
p.s. judging by your travelling your are positively rejuvenated – how your energy shines through it all
I never did like the word “retired” — I got plenty tired with the stress of work and to-do-lists etc (but did love my job). So when I rejuvenated, I surely didn’t want to re-tire! 🙂
Glad to see you here Laura. Will get to reading now this morning. Slept in and did a few errands this morning before returning to the pub.
Thank you for hosting, Lillian. This is such a great word–so many ways to go with this. I love all your rejuvenating. 🙂
So glad you like the prompt. Sometimes I think my prompts are too simple — maybe simplistic is a better word. But folks seem to enjoy them and they are who I am. Ah yes — rejuvenatement is fabulous — especially Sunday nights when I don’t have to set the alarm and get ready to face the work week! 🙂
Brewing up some coffee for the rain today here in Seattle. Thank you for the prompt, Lillian. Mine’s just a snippet of change.
So glad to see you here, Nora! I loved your response to the prompt….but perhaps I haven’t had enough coffee yet this morning…I could not for the life of me find how to post a comment on the page with the poem. So I went to the previous poem on your blog, saw where folks had commented, and put my comment there. Apologies. I’m sure it’s easy to post comments on your blog, but I just couldn’t find it. Perhaps you could edit, cut and past my comment from that previous poem, and put it on your poem for this prompt?
It should be fixed now. Thanks for the heads up, Lillian! I’ll have to remind myself to check comment settings before publishing and linking poems. WordPress seems to randomly turn commenting off.
The Abject Muse said:
Here’s mine: https://theabjectmuse.me/2019/01/24/down-deep/ Better lte than never, I hope.
Not too late at all and glad to see you here! However, the best thing to do and the expected format is to put the direct link to your poem in Mr Linky rather than embedding it in the chat. You’ll see the Mr Linky rectangle right under the shed photo in this prompt. Click on the Mr Linky rectangle and add your direct link there. You’ll get many more readers there!
The Abject Muse said:
Will do when I get home. I am at work now, and the computers here will not allow Mr. Linky. Thanks, Lillian!