Welcome to OpenLinkNight everyone! We hope you are all safe and practising physical distancing in our strange new world.
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 “Make some room” 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.
In my part of the world, we went from having late snow flurries to summer (29 C) in a span of three weeks. Spring was a very short season. Bring on summer then!
Dandelions by Peter Campion
After the cling of roots and then the “pock”
when they gave way
the recoil up the hand
was a small shock
of emptiness beginning to expand.
Milk frothing from the stems. Leaves inky green
Like blissed-out childhood play
they snarled in tangled curls on our driveway.
It happens still. That desolating falling
and then our neighborhood
seems only sprawling
loops…like the patterns eaten on driftwood:
even the home where I grew up (its smell
wood-smoke and bacon grease)
seems just a shell
of lathe and paper. But this strange release
follows: this tinge like silver and I feel
the pull of dirt
again, sense mist uncurling
no architecture hidden behind the world
except the stories that we make unfolding:
as if our sole real power
were the power
of children holding
this flower that is a weed that is a flower.
And it grows, the vain
even for us with our
bright green sins:
behold the dry guest,
as it stirs up quarrels
among magnolia boughs
and plays its serene
the prows of all the leaves—
and then is gone,
leaving the leaves
the tree still green, but breaking
the heart of the air.
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See you at the poetry trail. ~Grace~
Welcome to OpenLinkNight! I hope you are safe and well. Did you learn something new? I am learning a bit of gardening by potting succulents and herbs.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
All is well here in Sweden… working from home is slowly changing me… but we still have a wonderful crisp spring… we have really learned to know our neighborhood.
So you are still working from home? Me too and it looks it will not change as the office has to change its room specifications. Weather here is nuts.
Good evening, Grace! Good evening poets. I’m currently taking part in an on-line event. I’ll be over to read and comment as soon as it has finished.
Online events, meetings are just the new normal now Kim. Enjoy and see you in a bit.
Thanks for hosting, Grace. I forgot it was OLN. We have warn and icky humid weather here today. I worked from home before this situation, but I don’t go out anywhere anymore, except for walks. I’m learning about my neighborhood, too.
Humid these last days and now it seems its getting cooler. Like you, I am learning more about my neighborhood too. Take care.
Hello Grace and All. Your weather parallels what we’re seeing here. Curious as to how you got a picture of my front yard 😉 The greenies are out of control and so are their little buddies, the bugs! Ants on crack, and so far 5 mosquitoes killed *inside* the house. They must be very quick to get in when the door is open as there is no standing water inside (and I checked the bucket where the drip is also.) It’s muggy and wants to rain. I’m not complaining.
Seems like mine, except that the bees are getting inside too. I like the warmer season and seeing the green fields again. Take care.
Thanks for hosting, Grace! I love the Dandelion poem….when I was a little girl I always picked dandelion bouquets for my mother and also made dandelion crowns for my dolls!
We’ve had summer arrive as well. Short-lived spring. But I’m so ready for continual sunshine and weather to walk in. We get out daily, masked marauders are we.
Hoping all you dVerse poets are staying healthy! Will catch up on reading the “roomy” poems now and tomorrow…as well as the OLN ones. 🙂
Thank care Lillian. I wrote a room-inspired poem too. Enjoy your summer walks.
Good evening Grace and thanks for hosting. I too have a digital event soon. A workshop on writing fantasy. 🙂
Working from home and not meeting people as much as possible seems to be the foreseeable future.
Digital and online meetings are normal events now. I rather enjoy working from home, than taking the train to the city. Take care.
Life goes on much the same on the farm…calves, crops, and garden growing! My grand daughters love to pick dandelions from our lawn 🙂 Think I’ll link a dandi haiku…
That sounds very peaceful, Lynn. ❤
Yes, it can be…but calves also get sick and weeds grow 😉
Hello, Grace and all my fellow poets! I just posted mine and will be back later.
Thank you for joining us. Have a good weekend.
Hello Grace, Thank you for hosting tonight.
Thanks for joining us Truedessa. Hope you are well.
Hello Grace, thanks for hosting! We’re simmering in the Summer here in India for more than a month now, the rainy season is just around the corner. I’ve submitted my poem (a haiku this time), hope you’d enjoy it.
I read that it is very hot there right now. Keep cool and thanks for joining us.
Thank you Grace for hosting OLN, and for treating us to those delightful poems, mine shows my struggle tonight, my heart is heavy.
Thanks for joining us. I hope your day get lighter and brighter.
It will, I find poetry is a great form of journaling, expiation. But my hope is not to experience this again. Thank you Grace.
Padmavani Karkera said:
I am coming to d’verse after ten years. Thank you for being around. 🙂
My goodness, that is a long time. Welcome back.