Greetings from San Diego! Happy to host Poetics today . . . although the timing is not what I’m used to. California is three hours ahead of Boston so dVerse goes live here at noon rather than 3 PM East Coast time. We’ve been here three weeks now so our biological clocks have adjusted. It sure took a while though. I was yawning by 7 PM, dozing in the chair by 7:30 PM and in bed at 9 PM (midnight Boston time).

All of that adjusting to time zones plus enjoying wonderful California weather got me humming an old Mamas and Papas tune, California Dreamin’. Which then, in stream-of-consciousness mode, got me thinking about dreaming. Is it affected by where you live? By weather? By time zones? By career or avocation? By your preferred writing genre: IE poetry, mystery, or science fiction?

And then I started remembering a lot of songs that feature dreams and dreaming. One of my father’s favorites was, Beautiful Dreamer, written by Stephen Foster and published posthumously in 1864. My dad enjoyed Bing Crosby’s rendition. I always thought it was the theme song for old men who enjoyed the “sport” of bowling! 😊 I also remember the Everly Brothers All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958) and Bobby Darin’s Dream Lover (1959). And I always enjoyed Sweet Dreams Are Made of This by the Eurythmics (1983).

Take a moment and listen to these tunes on the links below. And when they get you in the mood, how about writing a poem that takes us inside a dream? It can be your dream or someone else’s dream. Are you sleeping in a bed during this dream? Sitting on a train dozing? Leaning up against a tree staring at the clouds? Does your dream take you beneath the seas? Into the clouds? Or maybe you’re on a stage flooded with the smoke of dry ice? Is your dream triggered by a scent? By a song? By a photo you came across? Let your imagination drift and take us with you into a dream!

New to dVerse?  Need to be refreshed on the rules?  Here’s what to do:

  • Write a poem following the prompt — it must somehow be about a dream!
  • Post the poem to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
  • REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your poem that leads readers back to dVerse (
  • If there is no Tag or link back to dVerse, I will gently remind you to add it or remove your post from Mr. Linky. Sorry to be so harsh…..but this is just part of the requirements AND it will bring you more readers and lead more folks to dVerse so they can participate as well!