Hello poets and welcome to Open Link Night!
This is your opportunity to link up ONE poem of your choice. There is no particular theme or prompt and any form is welcome. Hope you are safe and doing well.
Life has changed in so many different ways and for each of us a different narrative continues to evolve. It would be interesting to share our stories, from country to country…person to person, a global compilation of our experiences. In unfamiliar times, we rely on our constants…family, work, daily routines but for most of us, even these have become dismantled. So what can we depend upon? The sun as it faithfully rises, bringing us hope for another day? Or maybe the moon staring over us, stoic and steadfast? Ahh…and poetry. We will always have poetry.
Here’s a little sunshine from Mary Oliver. She reminds us that the sun is universal.
by Mary Oliver
Have you ever seen
in your life
than the way the sun,
relaxed and easy,
floats toward the horizon
and into the clouds or the hills,
or the rumpled sea,
and is gone–
and how it slides again
out of the blackness,
on the other side of the world,
like a red flower
streaming upward on its heavenly oils,
say, on a morning in early summer,
at its perfect imperial distance–
and have you ever felt for anything
such wild love–
do you think there is anywhere, in any language,
a word billowing enough
for the pleasure
that fills you,
as the sun
as it warms you
as you stand there,
or have you too
turned from this world–
or have you too
There is something about the moon that brings me comfort.
Moonlight Bends Over The Black Silence
by Maxwell Bodenheim
Moonlight bends over the black silence,
Making it bloom to wild-flowers of sound
That only green things can hear.
A wind sprawls over an orchard,
Frightening its silent litany to sound.
A thread of star-light has fallen to this tree
And curls among its leaves, tangling them to silence. . . .
Standing amidst these things, Beloved,
We feel the words our hearts cannot form.
Whether you are musing under the moon or admiring the sunrise, we hope you can join in.
- Link up ONE poem of any topic and post it to your blog.
- Remember to provide a link for dVerse on your blog, so others can find us.
- Drop into the pub and say hello.
- Read and comment on the work of others. Enjoy!
Welcome everyone! It’s very gloomy and rainy here but poetry should cheer me up. How’s weather in your neck of the woods?
Frank Hubeny said:
I like Mary Oliver’s description of the sun setting “relaxed and easy”. Thanks for bringing her poem to our attention.
The weather here is rather gloomy as well.
Hi Frank. Yes, I love the poem too. 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello Mish, we have clear skies and cold… it doesn¨t feel like spring at all. Now at 9 PM the sun is just setting and the brief night is about to begin. I will soon go to bed… it’s amazing how long the workingdays are when you work from home.
Hello Bjorn. Spring seems to have escaped us here as well. But it’s ok with me as it keeps others indoors!
Hello Mish and dVerse Poets everywhere! I’m linking and running tonight as it’s my husband’s birthday. I’ll be back in the morning to read and comment.
Hi Kim. Enjoy!!!
Hello Mish and All. Two lovely poems honoring two of my favorite bodies. It rained last night and is cloudy today. The ditch out front is trickling again, which makes the bullfrog happy. Sipping hot coffee and getting ready to hit the poetry trail…
Have to run out for a bit to deliver groceries to my son. Be back soon!
Bullfrogs?? Well then someone is happy!
There were two, but now just one, and we eyeball each other every day I go to get the mail. As long as I keep my distance, he stays put. Yes, he is happy today 🙂
Thanks for hosting, Mish, and for sharing those 2 beautiful poems. What a magnificent final line: “We feel the words our hearts cannot form.”
Oh I agree…that last line did it for me. 🙂
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Lovely poems Mish! Sharing an unbelievable experience. Thanks for hosting- it’s been a relatively cool day here for Arizona- 87 degrees.
Wow, Linda…enjoy the “break” from the heat….though 87 degrees sounds like a scorcher to me right now.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
It’s actually quite pleasant- no humidity!
Lovely!! I did enjoy my visit to Arizona. Loved the lack of humidity, which we have so much of here in the summer.
Ali Grimshaw said:
MIsh, Thanks for the poems and hosting tonight. Writing with others has been a wonderful source of energy during this unexpected time. I appreciate reading other’s poems and reflecting back what speaks to me in their words. Rain today but we have lots of green because of it.
Thanks for joining in, Ali. 🙂 I agree, that poetry is very helpful right now, even if just an escape from it all! I may just give in to the rain and go for a walk.
Sorry Mish apparently my first link doesn’t work so made another … please delete my first one on Mr Linky? Thanks so much
Hi Kate…no problem. Done. Thanks for joining in.
thanks for hosting, much appreciated!
Thanks for hosting Mish. The moon wakes me up shining through my window every night lately. (K)
Oh that Luna! 😉
hey mish, and everyone! beautiful day here in new jersey, dinner was some rib steaks cooked on lump charcoal. can i get a tom collins please?
hard to pick which words to send you all. hope you like my offering. though i must say, i accepted a lot of pressure with April and all.
One Tom Collins coming up. The steaks sound delicious. Glad you enjoyed some sunshine. 🙂
Hello Mish, hope you’re doing well and staying safe too in your side of the world. Thanks for hosting and sharing those wonderful poems. It’s very hot here in India 48 C, but due to lockdown we are staying indoors anyways, so not that much of a problem. So many submissions today, this is going to be fun 🙂
Hi Jay..my pleasure.
Wondering how long you’ve been in lockdown?
52 days and counting..
Wow. We have been under a state of emergency, but we are starting to open up. Haven’t had a total lockdown but I think it would have been for the better. Hang in there!
Yes and you too take care, always💙
I am new to open link. My poem turned into a sprawl of words, disconnected and vainly searching for some meaning which eventually proved elusive.
Welcome Suzanne…I think “disconnected” is definitely relatable at this time. Will be by soon to read. Thanks for joining us.
James Rainsford said:
I haven’t posted here in a very long time, but thought I’d share this poem with new comers and old regulars. I’ll respond to all who leave me a comment. It’s nice to be back!
Welcome back, James. 🙂
Rashi Singh said:
Hey, Mish! The weather here is nice and sunny. Too bad we can’t go outside. Every now and then, it seems like it’s gonna rain but it doesn’t. We’re just enjoying the windy days from inside our house.
I posted one of my old poems which I had written in response to a prompt you had given earlier! Hope that’s okay.
Hope you’re doing well. Stay happy and stay safe!
That is fine, Rashi.
Take care! 🙂
What a wonderful choice of poems – especially Mary Oliver. Thank you for hosting us tonight Mish.
Thanks for joining in. I’ll be out on the poetry trail soon. 🙂
Dragging my brain out of its slump I managed a poem for this call. But here’s another:
Shouldn’t poetry | Be easier to write | When you’re in despair
Aww yes, I understand. Sometimes it is….
Hi Mish and all,
Thank you for running the challenge. I’m participating here for the first time.
Hope you like my piece.
I did and welcome to dVerse! Hope to see you again. 🙂
Thanks a lot for the welcome. I enjoy participating in dVerse challenges, they are diverse. 🙂
Wow. Both incredible poems that you have chosen. Thank you for this start to my day. Perfect poems for this time when we all–everyone in the world–has more time to do just this. Stand back from the material world to just enjoy the seemingly simple but so complex world of nature.