Welcome back to the dVerse Poets Pub after our two-week break and to the first prompt in a week of celebrating our eighth anniversary. I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk and host of this Monday’s Quadrille, when we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.
After the balmy heat of May and June, the beginning of July has been quite dull here. The word for this prompt came to me as I scanned the heavens for a patch of blue.
Better known as an adjective of colour of sky or shades of that colour, blue can also mean depressed (feeling blue) or indecent (blue movies). As a noun or verb, it is mainly to do with colour (it is one of the three primary colours), pigment and dye, and the indigo powder that was used in laundering. Some other ‘blue things’ are: the blues, bluish, bluebell, blueberry, blue blood, bluebottle, blue-collar and blue-eyed boy; blue peter, the signal flag displayed by a vessel about to leave a port; the deep blue sea, blueprint, blue ribbon, bluestocking and blue jeans.
The modern English word comes from Middle English bleu or blewe, from the Old French bleu, a word of Germanic origin, related to the Old High German word blao (meaning shimmering, lustrous). In heraldry, the word azure is used for blue.
According to Wikipedia, ‘the eye perceives blue when observing light with a dominant wavelength between approximately 450 and 495 nanometres. Most blues contain a slight mixture of other colours; azure contains some green, while ultramarine contains some violet. The clear daytime sky and the deep sea appear blue because of an optical effect known as Rayleigh scattering. An optical effect called Tyndall scattering explains blue eyes. Distant objects appear bluer because of another optical effect called aerial perspective.
Blue has been an important colour in art and decoration since ancient times. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was used in ancient Egypt for jewellery and ornament and later, in the Renaissance, to make the pigment ultramarine, the most expensive of all pigments. In the eighth century Chinese artists used cobalt blue to colour fine blue and white porcelain. In the Middle Ages, European artists used it in the windows of cathedrals. Europeans wore clothing coloured with the vegetable dye woad until it was replaced by the finer indigo from America. In the 19th century, synthetic blue dyes and pigments gradually replaced mineral pigments and synthetic dyes.’
It was also popular with the Impressionist painters and, in modern art, Picasso had a ‘blue period’, in which he used blue as the colour of melancholy, as in ‘The Old Guitarist’.
It will come as no surprise that there is a plethora of blue poems (no – not that kind!). I have found some that are beautiful and interesting.
The first is ‘Fragmentary Blue’ by Robert Frost, a poet whose poems we regularly share and quote: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/148650/fragmentary-blue
Another is ‘Waking in the Blue’ by Robert Lowell: https://poets.org/poem/waking-blue
‘The Blue Bowl’ by Jane Kenyon touched me: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/36759/the-blue-bowl
Finally, one by Sylvia Plath, ‘Blue Moles’: https://www.internal.org/Sylvia_Plath/Blue_Moles
You can find even more blue poems in PoemHunter’s ‘Best Blue Poems’: https://www.poemhunter.com/poems/blue/
One of my favourite Joni Mitchell Albums (that’s a lie, I love them all!) is ‘Blue’:
This week, I’d like you to take any meaning, form or compound of the word blue, and write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the prompt word.
Here’s how to Quadrille:
– Write a poem of exactly 44 words, including the word blue.
– Put your poem on your blog and link back to this post.
– Link it up to our Mr. Linky.
– Visit other blogs, enjoy some amazing poets, and don’t forget to comment or the writers will be blue. The Quadrille lasts all week, so keep coming back for more!
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dVerse, we are back. Thank you Kim for kicking off our special week. Happy 8th anniversary!
Good evening everyone and happy anniversary to the dVerse Poets Pub! We are now open and offering whatever you want to drink, with some celebratory snacks and blue-tinted quadrilles. Let the festivities begin!!
I will have a blue lagoon cocktail, please! Raising my glass to you, all the hosts and all the poets who visits and continue to participate in our prompts! Cheers!
I just have to check out the recipe for a blue lagoon and I’ll be straight back with one, Grace!
Vodka, blue curaçao, lemonade, maraschino cherry, orange wheel – and what a gorgeous blue!
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Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Thank you for a lovely prompt Kim. Welcome back everyone!
Welcome back, Linda! I’ll be over shortly to read your quadrilee.
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Hello Kim and All. So good to be back! Blue is a wonderful prompt, Kim, so much to be said about this word. The heat wave in the 90s broke 2 days ago, thank goodness. Mlady and Dotty were missing sitting by the open screened sliders. I’ll take a tall Magners please, Kim. Cheers to All on dVerse’ 8th anniversary!
So lovely to see you back at the pub, Linda! An ice-cold, tall Magners is coming up. We currently have rain after a pleasantly warm day – I got most of my washing dry. It’s going to get hot again by the weekend.
Ooooh, do you hang your clothes outside to dry? If so, I’m very jealous! Used to love doing that eons ago when we lived in Iowa! That and fresh tomatoes out of the garden plus fire flies at night is what I miss about Iowa summers! But, Boston is good too 🙂
We have a rotary dryer just outside the back door.
Ah, the refreshment after the rain! Thank you for the Magners!
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Clara Coulson said:
Welcome back! Nice prompt for the return. 🙂
Thanks for joining us, Clara! 🙂
Hi dVerse poets! Thanks for hosting, Kim. I’ve posted something with a very blue photo earlier, but maybe I’ll use it again. I thought of Joni Mitchell, too. I have no idea what Grace’s blue lagoon cocktail is, but I’ll try one, too. Raising a glass to poetry and life, L’Chaim!
Hi Merril! So good to see you after the two week break. A blue lagoon cocktail coming up!
Happy 8th anniversary dVerse! Love the word for this prompt, Kim. Thanks for hosting. I went a bit bizarre, mathematical and musical with the blues for this one. Fun to do though. It’s the idea that counts! 🙂
I’d love a nice cold gin and tonic please!
Happy anniversary, Lill! I’m so busy greeting, I’ve managed to read only one quadrille so far! I look forward to reading your mathematical, musical blues. Icy gin and tonic coming up!
Happy Eight Anniversary dVerse! 💝 It’s so good to be back! Thank you for the glorious prompt, Kim 😀
eighth* a coffee for me please 💝
Is that a plain coffee or something a little more fancy, like a cappuccino or a moccaccino?
Oooh a moccaccino sounds lovely! Thank you 😀
Coming right up!
I’m so glad you joined us, Sanaa! 😉
Delighted to be here! 😀
Great to be back again! I missed connecting with all of you!!
Missed you too, Dwight! Welcome back!
Thank you! It is a hot one here in Carolina!
I love our summer!!
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Glenn A. Buttkus said:
Man, the was a long two weeks for me; ended up writing a couple of poems just for me; might slip them in for OLN. I’m still feeling the love from our Pub video meeting; it was rejuvenating. I hold the sweet images of your many faces, and the music of your actual voices, in my emotional treasure box. 8 years, that’s so grand. I think I’ve been around for 6 of those years. I met Brian over at MAGPIE TALES, and he convinced me to hang out here at the Pub.
Thank you for your support for all these years Glenn. We miss you too. Hope the break has been rejuvenating to your muse. Please come back tomorrow for our special guest, winks.
It’s been a long two weeks for me too – I missed you all! The online chat left me with a warm cuddly feeling too – we’ll be doing it again, maybe with more participants.
See you in a bit GB.
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Oh, sooooooo glad we’re back together. Just added myself to Mr Linky! Can’t wait to read the others! Whooop-whooop!!
Thank you for joining us.
Welcome back to the best pub since Cheers on this blue anniversary Monday! I’m a bit behind as I’ve only been up an hour or so, but I’ll be over to read shortly..
Victoria C. Slotto said:
I love this prompt and hope to write to it
I’ve been and still am in a caregiving mode as my husband suddenly lost mobility due to spinal problems . He’s postop in the hospital now. Hopefully this third back surgery will do what we hope. I’m itching to get back into a creative mode with my beloved dVerse friends. Your perusal of blue was just perfect, Kim
I hope he gets better under your loving care Victoria. Looking forward to your creative writing. Thanks for all your support through these years.
I’m so sorry about your husband, Victoria. My thoughts are with you. I’m looking forward to reading your work again when circumstances allow. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to your husband.
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One of my favorite songs…thanks Kim. (K)
I’ve just framed a drawing of Joni which will be going on the wall as soon as I find the best space.
Hi Kim, a great prompt and wonderful poem selection – the Robert Lowell piece is a rending wonderful read. Great to see the pub open again. Look forward to reading everyone’s quadrilles.
Hi, Peter! Thanks for joining us at the first session after the break and for the eighth anniversary. I’ve been missing everyone. I’ll be over to read shortly.
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Na'ama Yehuda said:
Hi Kim and all, and welcome back to everyone at dVerse. Happy 8th anniversary!
Welcome back Na’ama!
Na'ama Yehuda said:
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Kim, also wanted to say I love your choice of music. I don’t think there is a first note more mournful in a song than this one.
I recently bought a sketch of Joni (sadly not one of hers – I couldn’t afford it), which is now framed and waiting to go on the wall.
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Thanks Kim for hosting the first after break pub crawl, hope all of you had a safe “vacation” from this problem of word-addiction, so nice to indulge again with you! Haven’t had the time yet to read your poems, but after work I will!
Hi Anthony! It’s good to see you back at the pub. I hope the world is treating you well. I look forward to seeing you when you get home fro work!
Busy at work, which is good as I do what I like, so the world is giving in abundance!
And I have the link page ready and waiting for me, so poetry treats after work! Could it be better? 😊
Apparently abundance can be a problem too.. (as if as a recovering addict I wouldn’t know), so many poems to read and a new prompt Poetics too!! And in Finland it us 22.31 and I just got home… Bar life can be hard 😆
It took me all morning to read and comment, and by this evening there were even more quadrilles, all of them so good! The prompt will be up all week, no need to hurry.😊
You mean the new prompt “Poetics” or these?
I read some, but I am too tired (23.45), to read or to write what the bar-maid inspiration brought in..
The Quadrilles. I haven’t even started on the Poetics yet! Sleep well!
Work is taking so much out of me right now, doubt I’ll have even
energy to do “Poetics”.. Or much else than just be, before again the same tomorrow, big happening on saturday and sunday I will maybe ja have time to sleep.
Take it easy. We understand that work and other things take over. Hope you make it to the next prompt.
And happy 8th year! Amazing! So glad this pub was here, open for me and do welcoming too!
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Glad to see everyone back! Hope everyone is healthy and safe, and cool (it’s been miserable hot and dry in Chicago)
Hi Xan! So pleased to see you at the Pub. 🙂 I’ll be over to read your quadrille later.
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Oh my gosh! Sorry a thousand times over. I had halibun in my head when I wrote and posted my poem. Sorry, Kim. Can you delete my entry on the Link thingie?
I think I’ve fixed it!
Hooray! I’ll be over to read after dinner and before Poetics.
No problem, Misky. I’ll be back on my laptop after dinner and I’ll do it then.
The one the reads “amended” includes a quadrille.
Only the ‘amended’ one remains!
Welcome back. And happy Anniversary!
Just checking to see if my key still worked.
See ya in a bit.
Thanks for checking in, smiles.
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Hello and Thanks Kim for hosting, it feels nice to be back here, I missed dverse. I’ve submitted my Quadrille and I see there’s a huge number of submissions, I’m excited to read what others have written!
Thank you for dropping by, Jay. It’s evening here now and I’m ready to drop, so I’ll be reading and commenting again in the morning. I’m looking forward to reading your quadrille.
It’s always a pleasure 🙂