Welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone! How are you today?
Hope you are all safe and healthy. Let’s promote social distancing while enjoying the magic of poetry in the comfort of our homes. The marvel of our on-line poetry community is that we remain open and happy to be serving you with bottles of writing challenges week after week.
As you know OpenLinkNight is your opportunity to link 1 poem of your choice as this is no prompt-day. For those who missed the Mr Linky deadline this Tuesday’s poetics “Three from the Welsh speaking sea” or any poetry prompts that you have missed in the past, this is the opportunity to share your poem. Out of courtesy, please link back to dVerse Poets Pub if you are sharing your poem.
Here is beautiful poem, The Moths by Mary Oliver:
There’s a kind of white moth, I don’t know
what kind, that glimmers
in the forest, just
as the pink mocassin flowers
If you notice anything,
it leads you to notice
I was so full of energy.
I was always running around, looking
at this and that.
If I stopped
If I stopped and thought, maybe
can’t be saved,
Finally, I noticed enough.
All around me in the forest
the white moths floated.
How long do they live, fluttering
in and out of the shadows?
You aren’t much, I said
one day to my reflection
in a green pond,
The wings of the moths catch the sunlight
At night, sometimes,
they slip between the pink lobes
of the moccasin flowers and lie there until dawn,
in those dark halls of honey.
Source: Poetry Foundation
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See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Hi friends! Hope you are all doing fine despite being home or away from crowds. I have been working from home these days and don’t go out anymore as most of our stores and eating places are close, except for take outs and delivery. Be safe, productively engaged with things that you love to do and stay healthy.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I only go out for a couple of brief walks every day… after all, you have to commute to work even if it means walking in circles. It feels so strange being almost stationary… but I have learned to appreciate video conferencing.
It is still very cold outside so we have been keeping indoors. Now is the time for social media to keep us all company while staying at home. Now. there are lots of artists singing and people sharing their talents online. I have watched gym sessions online, painting and guitar lessons online. It has been a blessing in the face of all the bad news.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello all. I hope you are well. I will cancel my normal vacation over easter… no travel this year… just waiting it seems like.
You can do virtual tours now….. 😉
Hello Grace and All. I truly love the Mary Oliver poem you share today. I appreciate your well-wishing and reflect it back to you. I’m sipping hot coffee and a chilly grey day here and happy to know the poet’s pub is here.
Words/poetry are a great companion at these times. Hope all is well with you as well.
Yes. Thank you, Grace.
Frank Hubeny said:
We are working from home too. I hope everyone stays well.
Social distancing as its best. Hope there is not much on the panic buying over there Frank. Here, all is calm and groceries are already putting up signs of limits to buying. Sadly, no toilet paper though. Take care.
Have had to been out, I met today a doctor with tested Corona, and she didn’t seem a bit worried. Here in Finland is also stay at home/away from risks groups. If you get the sympomts, rest. Unless breathing gets worse, above coughing bad, and continues then take contact to the doctor. She had a facemask on and didn’t seem a bit worried except for me not to get it.
Also, Nature is the best social distancing!
I believe the older folks with poor health are at risk. The news from Italy is depressing though. Take care and I agree, nature is the best!
I’ve now been writing a day and a half a short fiction based on the “Love disease” in earlier pub quizz 😉
Good for you! Keep yourself busy!
..and thank you for giving me stuff to do!
Gospel Isosceles said:
On a tragic-comedic note, my almost 2yo has been unraveling toilet paper straight into the toilet bowl like it’s going out of style. No baby! That stuff’s very much still in vogue!
Precious stuff – kids are kids. Take care of your family dear.
Gospel Isosceles said:
You take care too, Grace. I loved that Mary Oliver poem.
Hello all from Boston! And thank you, Grace, for hosting!
Isn’t it wonderful that in the midst of all these closings and trying to keep “social distance” from people, that our pub remains open??? HURRAH! And guess what! Hugs are even encouraged here….so consider all of yourselves virtually hugged by me. Those of you too shy for that, we can also shake hands or do high fives. Isn’t it grand to have the dVerse pub? ❤
Elbow bumps, foot taps, all in good order. Yes, I have been reading lots of poetry too to balance the bad news. Hugs and warm embraces from Canada to Boston!!!! Take care Lillian.
Such wonderful light in that poem. Thanks Grace.(K)
Thanks for joining us.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
Good to see so many of us here already – and thank you Grace for that breath of fresh air poem – pure delight in these troubling times of isolation – I went a bit dark but not too much.
Hi Laura. Good to see you. I will hit the poetry trail in a bit.
Hi Grace, Love the Mary Oliver poem… puts things into perspective!
I misread the Tuesday prompt and messed it up completely. If you will delete it I will post it for my Open Link poem.
Sure I can do that. Thanks for joining in!
Thank you Grace!
Don’t forget to delete my name off the Tuesday Mr. Linky! I will wait to reload it on todays open link.
It is done.
Thanks Grace, I was sad that I did not read the prompt more carefully.
Reblogged this on poetry from another perspective and commented:
love joinig in here chaps
Thanks for joining us!
lovely poem, thanks for sharing Grace!
The one place still open and serving, a delightful haven from the panic and mayhem ❤
Yes, I will leave the porch light open through the night so you poets can come in and join us.
too much Indians do that every night … it must drain masses of power 🙂
Good evening from the UK to all my poet friends. Thank you so much for the Mary Oliver poem, Grace, which I enjoyed very much.
I’m still in self-isolation and haven’t left the house since I returned home last Friday. It’s not been easy as I have been feeling very week with another chest infection, but the house is spick and span, the laundry is under control, and I’ve been writing poetry while watching various species of wildlife in the garden. We’ve had several deer, including a mother and fawn, two pairs of ducks, pheasants and a bright-chested robin. I have wandered round the garden once or twice, but I hope to go out for a walk next week, which is quite safe, living in the countryside, and there are very few people about. I’ve seen some of the elderly people from our village walking round the village football pitch, which is opposite our cottage – they are keeping their distance from each other.
I had fun today watching Oliver Jeffers and Frank Cottrell-Boyce reading from their books online – podcasts and live video links like these will be great once schools close tomorrow. There will be no exams, which means I will not be working as an examiner this year.
It’s in situations like this that the Poets Pub and other poetry communities come into their own. I am so grateful for the camaraderie, love and poetry here.
Have the clocks changed on the other side of the pond? The pub opened earlier than usual this evening.
Kim, please take it easy with your chest infection. Daylight savings started on March 8, springing forward.
Thank you, Jade. I’m having lots of rest in the afternoons, drinking tea and reading. Ah! Our Summertime doesn’t start until 29th March.
I lift a glass to my fellow poets; online communities are saving me, and all of us right now.
Here’s a glass to you too! Keep safe and healthy!
I had so much fun the other week writing a triolet, and it was not at all as hard as I imagined. So here’s another one.
Triolets are fun. Once you like a form, its addicting. Thanks for joining in.
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Hello everyone. So glad to be able to pop into a pub! And this is a great pub. Was feeling quite uninspired all day, but am glad to be here. Thank you for hosting.
Thanks for joining us!
Happy OLN everyone and thank you so much for your good wishes and for hosting tonight Grace. I love this Mary Oliver poem and I enjoyed reading it again. We are getting used to ‘social distancing’ on our dog walks, which isn’t easy as so many people want to come and fuss over the dogs. Our community is very supportive, our local football club is volunteering to go shopping for the elderly and self-isolating/vulnerable people and a task force has been created pulling in volunteers from several community groups and charities to offer support wherever it is needed, be it running errands, getting prescriptions or other essentials for those at highest risk. I hope you are all safe and well and will swing by later and again tomorrow to read xxx
What a lovely community that you have. Keep us the spirit and cheer. Very much appreciated.
Thank you dear Grace. I love your ‘Today I am a Daffodil’ poem and my comment on your blog seemed to disappear.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Good evening, Poets! Thanks, Grace, for hosting OLN! How about a glass of Bergundy, before I hit the trail? 😉
Coming up Frank! Hope all is well!
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Such a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver. Thank you, Grace.
Victoria, hope you are well. Thanks for visiting!!!
Jedediah Smith said:
Posted. Had no plans to write a virus related poem, but this one jumped out today.
Some days writing can be like that. Good for you.
Hi Grace, thanks for hosting and sharing The Moths. Here in Australia it’s an odd time: crisis is upon us, infections are up, businesses are going bust, the dollar has tanked and politicians are losing their minds; but the weather is beautiful, the seas warm and inviting and life limps along somehow. Stay safe everyone.
Hello from Canada! Spring is upon us so I want to keep a positive outlook despite the spate of bad news. I agree, life moves on.
Hello Grace! Jay here 🙂 hope you’re doing well too. I’ve submitted my poem, I wrote it a week ago on the way back home, after bidding farewell to a loved one. I hope you’d enjoy it. Thankyou for hosting 🙂
Hello Jay!!!! Thanks for connecting with us. Hope you are safe and healthy.
Thanks for hosting the Open, Grace, and for one of my fave poems from one of my fave writers too.
Yes, she is my favorite too. Take care and keep safe.
Yes, and you too.
Bekkie Sanchez said:
I was so late reading this week I think I’ll wait for a prompt. Just because I read late doesn’t mean I don’t get to your work. Everyone, stay safe and be kind.
I agree. This Mary Oliver poem is a beauty. I must do some more reading of her work, thank you. Thanks for hosting Grace. Stay safe.