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Lillian here, happy to host dVerse today!

Just a note about youth to share with you. In my seventh decade and rejuvenated (never say retired), I firmly believe I am young, or at the very least, young at heart.

This week I am viewing the world through my 10-year-old granddaughter’s eyes and she is definitely keeping me young! She’s living with us during her school vacation week, attending drama workshop classes for 4th and 5th graders from 9 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, at a theater affiliated with Boston University. I take her there and back via public transportation. My study is transformed into “Rika’s room.” We hear all the details about her “awesome” days over our 5:30 PM suppers (we usually eat between 8 and 9 PM). We’re packing lunches in the morning. After supper we’ve been looking and giggling at old photo albums of her as a baby, and her mama as a baby and young girl. Yesterday I taught her to play jacks – tricky bouncing that little ball on our wooden floors. She successfully did onesies on 4 pick-ups in a row!

What a joy, and yes a privilege, to be immersed in her happiness this week. If you’d like to “meet” Rika, click here and you’ll hear her sweet voice singing a poem I wrote about a year ago – she made up the tune (audio/video is at end of the poem). 

So here we are, me smiling on OLN day at dVerse. Hope you’ll join us by posting one poem of your choice – no prompt today. Perhaps you’ll try your hand again from one of our previous prompts. Write another sonnet or rubaiyat. Or use one of our recent Quadrille word prompts like kiss or steep). It’s all up to you. Any form; any length; any topic. Happy Thursday everyone! 

For those of you new to dVerse, here’s what we hope everyone does:

  • Post any one poem, of your choice, to your blog.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
  • On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse. This enables others to enjoy our prompts, multiplies our readers and thus the responses to everyone’s poems.
  • If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets
  • 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: Rika and her mama (my daughter) 8+ years ago.