Lillian here. Delighted to host today’s Poetics.
It’s a very short prompt….which I hope will be far reaching!
Many of us are “sheltering at home” except for perhaps runs to the grocery store and a walk to keep our body moving, weather permitting. I’m guessing all of us are confined to our own city or town right now. Certainly our own country. With Covid-19, airlines have curtailed flights; trains are on very limited schedules, cruise ships are not operating. Your calendar may look a lot like mine: many deletions for the next several months. Plans changed, postponed or simply cancelled.
So here’s the prompt — let’s travel through each other!
The TITLE of your poem should be a place: a city, a site, a place you’ve been. The title should be like a pin on a map….telling us where we’ll be traveling to.
The POEM ITSELF should take us there. A travelogue of sorts. Imagery, description. Help us take a “vacation” with your words. dVerse includes poets from around the world….and many of us have traveled within our own country and perhaps globally. So take me away! I’d love to be an armchair visitor to many places in the next few days! If you have a photo or two of the place you’re writing about, share those too.
Looking forward to traveling with you!
Our travels for 2020 are basically all shut down. We’ve been blessed to travel extensively in the past few years.
New to dVerse? Need to be refreshed on the rules?
Here’s what to do:
- Write a poem that is a travelogue of sorts. The TITLE must include the name of the place we’ll be visiting
- 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 (https://dversepoets.com)
- 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!
Welcome to Tuesday Poetics at our virtual pub….a place where hugs are encouraged and words can bring us together as closely as we like!
Hoping to do some fun traveling with all of you today!
Take me away my dVerse friends, take me away!
PS: photos in my prompt:
The Great Wall in China, 2019
End of the line for the train from Flam in Norway 2017
The Shire in New Zealand in 2018
Mount Fuji in Japan, 2019
and Sydney, Australia, 2018
Ah! I wondered if that was a hobbit house! What a delightful photo. I think your photos show you’ve reached the far ends of the earth! I bet you could draw a star with those coordinates.
Now that would be a fun idea! I should have included a photo of Antarctica….we did not touch the shores but we were there…AMAZING place too!
You have lived the dream of many, Lillian.
We have indeed been blessed.
Good evening to everyone and a special thank you to Lill for hosting with this excellent prompt, a cunning plan to spring us all from isolation – sadly only in our imaginations. It It has been overcast, rainy and very chilly here today. I’m wrapped in a rug while typing this and I swear you can hear my knuckles crack, my fingers are so cold! I’ll make myself a cup of tea and be back to read and comment in a while.
Hello Kim! Ah, April is fickle here in Boston as well. HIGH temp is 43. Even so, we went for a walk this morning past our favorite place where we’ve been watching geese nest and hatch their young. Today we saw a mama goose with feathers hanging from her beak, remains of cracked shells next to her, and when she rearranged herself, fuzzy yellow feathers trying to escape from under her. Mama was having nothing of that….too cold outside, more eggs to hatch, and far too young to explore. It gave a new meaning to “shelter in place!”
I must take my daily walk along the moorings when it stops raining. I love those perfect surprises when you least expect them.
Frank J. Tassone said:
Good Afternoon, Poets! Thanks, lillian, for the pinch-hit and the travel-iscious prompt! 🙂
Always happy to tend the pub….pinch hitter or as regularly scheduled.
Should also tell everyone: I am WAY behind on reading — as in haven’t yet – from yesterday’s haibuns. I will get there tomorrow I am sure! No slight intended….looking forward to the reading of those tomorrow as we as some traveling today and tomorrow with all of your posts!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello, I came in a bit late. Working from home (now on my eight week) has changed my schedule a lot.
Ah yes….schedules get a bit discombobolized when so many things change!
Hello Lillian and All. I’m really looking forward to taking a world tour from your prompt today. Today is full sun and warm outside. I went out sleevless! If you’re pouring today, please surprise me with something exotic 🙂
Something exotic…..hmm….seems to me a Singapore Sling would be in keeping with the prompt?
I’m jealous of your sleeveless look! I’m in a sweatshirt with a long sleeved shirt under it…while inside! I wore my winter jacket out this morning! Fickle April!!!
Yum, Singapore Sling sounds delicious. Thank you and Cheers!
little learner said:
What a marvelous prompt! I look forward to traveling with you all. (Here in South Africa we are in our 33rd day of total lock-down — house-bound and NO walking allowed, so your beautiful words will be a much welcome diversion.)
Isn’t it amazing how much we took for granted just walking in our neighborhood or in a park? I also took for granted seeing people’s smiles. Everyone is required to wear a mask in the building I live in…as soon as we step outside our unit’s door into the hallway, in common areas. And in Boston, the mayor has asked everyone to wear masks outside. I posed for a photo in front of our building, standing under our magnolia tree in full bloom, and my husband said, “Smile!” and it took me a second to realize he was joking. Can’t see a smile behind a mask. So just for fun…I stuck my tongue out at him….behind the mask….so no one knew! 🙂
little learner said:
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Everyone- Lillian, thank you for an excellent prompt. I’ll ut something together for the AM. How marvelous you have traveled to so many places! The heat is coming here to AZ, it’s 95 right now with a predicted high of 100, and triple digits through Friday, with a bit of cooling off again on Saturday. Seems a bit early for 100 degree+ days already.
ah…..but I love how people excuse the high temperatures in AZ by saying, “Yes, but it’s dry heat.” I always smile and say, “Yes. So is an oven!”
BUT, we have loved our visits to Arizona. So much beauty there.
Glad to see you joining us, Linda!
Hi, Lillian and everyone! This seems like a fun prompt; I will try to do it justice. I’ll have an iced green tea to drink, if you’ve got it!
Of course! The pub is always well stocked with anything a visiting poet can desire – the benefit of a virtual pub! 🙂
So glad to have you travel with us today 🙂
Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Lillian. I picked the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. For some reasons that park keeps coming back to my mind more than most other places I have visited.
Good to see you here, Frank. Colorado has some gorgeous mountains and parks! Glad to visit Garden of the Gods with you!
Love to travel virtually with you, Lillian, and everyone here. I’ve linked an older one that I’ve never posted for some reason, and that fits the bill entirely. But I’ve also been working all day on a poem about Rilke’s gravesite. I must just be having that travel bug myself.
Good to see you here tonight. You do know, you’re welcome to post twice for this prompt. It’s only the OLN that limits folks to one post. So maybe put both up for us to see?
Great prompt Lillian, a world tour is so exciting!
I’m so enjoying visiting all these wonderful places through the prompts! 🙂
Good evening everyone. Will be fun to travel virtually!
I went back to a place that was really important for me as a child.
Oh yes….childhood memories and places that are important to who we grow up to be. Wonderful!
Leaving the pub for the night….but the key is under the potted fern next to the door. Please use it, come on in, and drop off your new posts! Help yourself to libations behind the bar as well.
I shall be back in the morning and look forward to visiting many more places with all of you. The posts thus far have been wonderful!
See you all in the morning!
Beverly Crawford said:
Thanks for a great prompt, Lillian. It’s been great fun to revisit my special place, and to read that of others. At 86, most of my traveling is virtual these days!!
Glad you are enjoying the prompt. Beverly: I MUST say…..you are 86 years young! And one amazing writer and pub goer as well. How about a Singapore Sling for you today, to go along with the spirit of the prompt! I can also fix one up that’s nonalcoholic if you prefer. 🙂
Na'ama Yehuda said:
There would be too many iconic photos to include in this particular locale, so one just had to do this time. And the rest … are best in person … in good time …
Waving at all of you from a slightly eerie but no less magnificent NYC …
Ah….nice to see you here today! I think you put your post into Mr Linky? If so (and I’ll check in a bit) then no need to also put in the link.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Yes, I did put it in the linky thingy. I probably copied it below my comment out of habit, as I often need to do in responses where there’s no linky-thinky. 🙂 Redundancy abounds! 🙂
A great prompt Lillian. Love your photos…
I’m having fun seeing the world this way! Glad you liked the prompt.
hey lillian thank you for sharing your travels! for this, i went back to my alma mater, Montclair State in New Jersey. Not much of a vacation spot i’m afraid, but i was trying to squeeze in several prompts to one poem. hope you all enjoy.
Hey! I’ve never been to Montclair State….although I may have met them eons ago in a college debate tournament somewhere? So it’ll be a new place for me to visit. Good to see you here!
Ah, Lill – thank you for taking on this prompt! It’s especially poignant for me – our big trip to Malaysia and Australia has just been officially cancelled. We knew it would be, really, but we kept on hoping there’d be a miracle. I have to say I’m having moments of gloominess over it. Thank you for this reminder that the world is out there, and that I’ll get back there again.
Oooooh Sarah, I am so sorry to read of your disappointment. It really is hard when one’s been planning the “trip of a lifetime” for a long time and then it just…ends. I do understand. I pray every day for a vaccine for this insidious disease. I reason, if Jonas Salk can discover a vaccine for polio….that literally eradicated it…..there is some brilliant scientist/chemist/etc out there right now, toiling in a research lab, and getting closer and closer to a Covid-19 vaccine. I just pray it also follows the history of the polio vaccine: Salk never took a patent on his vaccine. In 1955 Edward R Murrow interviewed Salk and asked him who owned the patent. “Well, the people, I would say,” said Salk in light of the millions of charitable donations raised by the March of Dimes that funded the vaccine’s research and field testing. “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
So travel now with words…..and plan for the future to make your dream trip come true! 🙂
Hello Lillian, spent the whole afternoon writing. Loved every minute of it and all thanks to your beautiful prompt. I hope you’re safe and happy at your side of the world.
So good to see you here, Jay. Yes…my husband and I are hunkered down. Wear masks and gloves when we step outside our door. Grocery shop only once per week. We are in the “at risk” age category….although there’s still plenty of spring in our step! 🙂 Going now to travel with everyone’s words…..hope you’ll take some trips with the dVerse folks as well!
Oh yes, I’ve been wandering the whole world while sitting in my home. Also, today we played cards in the evening.. had a family fun time. India is on lockdown for more than month now.. today all that didn’t even come to my mind once though.. I was having a very good time writing and then visiting from one beautiful scenery to other. I’m glad you and your husband are healthy and safe. 🙂