Hello and welcome to Open Link Night! Mish here as your host.
Oh the freedom to post a poem of your choice! ONE poem please. I think it is this prompt in particular that really brings out the unique styles of our dVerse community. After all, that is what this pub is all about. We respect each other’s differences, cultures, backgrounds, ideas and opinions. For me personally, it has not only broadened my knowledge of poetry, but also reminded me of how differently our lives can be from one part of the world to another, from one situation to another.
So on that note….let me share my yesterday and a bit about my world with you. Above me are turquoise skies and billowing bright wide clouds. The temperature is about 80 degrees fahrenheit, but of course here in Canada, that is about 26 degrees celcius. The humidity, still lingers today, even with the slight breeze that reaches out to cool my skin every few minutes. I am standing in the middle of a blueberry patch, a very large blueberry patch. Rows and rows of lush green foliage, decorated generously with clusters of deep blue. Beside me is a small stool provided by the farm for comfortably picking the plump berries hidden deep at the bottom of the bush. I alternate from the stool to standing to harvest the others. I drop the berries by the handful in to a plastic pail that will hold 10 pounds of blueberries. I revel at the possibilities of that….. many jars of jam, pancakes, muffins, frosty frozen berries to snack on, maybe a cheesecake.
The warmth of the sun brings me peace and I think about how fortunate I am to be alive. So many have perished and suffered during the past four months. The sun feels like a gift. My husband is a gift, as he seems so content in the silence of the field, focused on nothing but the tiny fruits of nature between his fingers. All is well. After about an hour, we take our pails to a young employee wearing a mask. We sanitize our hands for the umpteenth time. He places our blueberries on a scale. Somehow we managed to collect the exact same weight?! 5.9 pounds of blueberries each!
So that was a snippet of my world these days, a little lazy, a little scared and on edge for the future, but mostly very grateful…..for blueberries and for life.
I sincerely hope you have moments of solitude in your part of the world as well and that you are able to find time to pen them into words. Sometimes it makes you appreciate them even more.
So go ahead. Write us a poem, any style, any topic and link it up!
Here’s how to join in:
- Write ONE poem of any style or theme and post it to your blog or website.
- Provide a link to dVerse so others can find our virtual pub.
- Drop in to say hello!
- Read and comment on the other poems.
- Have fun!
Hello poets! Serving you up some croissants with my freshly made blueberry jam, if you’re interested. Perhaps some ice tea….or something harder. Hope your Thursday is treating you well. 🙂
Hi there Mish and everyone,
Hope you are all well and are managing to still shine in your spirit through the current crisis… An beautifully written introduction tonight, Mish and with such uplifting photos too..
I am writing to say how gutted I was to have only just missed the last dVerse OLN before yr Summer Break – That one got away from me completely, I’m afraid – Doh!
The thing is I’ve just been so crazy busy, since the Spring and the release of my first new collection for four years! Pranic Poetry. Which to be entirely honest with you all, I had pre-imagined to be my less immediately accessible and least commercial collection yet! Which instead, has ended up really taking off somehow! Not sure what all that’s about?
But I reckon it’s got something to do around the Pandemic somehow making folk suddenly much more open and reflective about life and indeed their own lives. Seems to have suddenly opened me up to a wider audience still, that perhaps left to their own instincts and predisposition’s pre-crisis, wouldn’t previously have given my work much of a chance? Given what I write about…
Just Dunno about all that? Indeed it was something I was going to bring up with all you guys and gals, the first time I got the chance to post this, my first previously unpublished poem for a while on OLN, – to see if any of you were experiencing a similar uplift in attention, since Lockdowns were introduced…
Anyway, that’s probably enough ramble from me already! Looking forward to reading all your new stuff, as it’s been some ago now, since I’ve been able to pay a visit.
Nice to see you, Scott. Congrats on the success of your work. Hope you enjoy the poetry trail again. The pandemic, as terrible as it’s been can really make us reflect and also trigger the muse. I’m sure there will be a nice variety to read today of so many interesting sources and topics.
Hello Mish and All. Blueberries: Yum! I will take one of those freshly made croissants with blueberry jam, thank you! Iced tea too if you’re pouring. It’s cloudy out there and still hot but need to get out and mow as the weeds are tall. Will read for a bit and then come back later.
Hi Lisa, one croissant (though there is no limit) coming up! Yes the weather is similar here. My son just left to visit his girlfriend further north but I’m happy that rain is not really in the forecast.
Thank you, Mish 🙂
Good evening from Norfolk, England! I’m not going to hang around for long as it’s getting dark already and the Internet has been playing up. But I will be back in the morning to continue to read and comment. Wishing you all a great weekend! in advance!
Hi Kim, thanks for dropping in. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Hi, Mish! those blueberries look great. We’ve had rain today, after a couple of glorious days. Hoping for better weather tomorrow. Thank you for hosting.
My pleasure, Sarah. The rain makes us thankful for those sunny days for sure. It was my first time blueberry picking. Will not be my last. Very peaceful.
I haven’t been to a PYO for a long time – we’d have to travel quite a way from here. I used to really enjoy picking raspberries at my parents’ place when my son was little. I think he ate more than he contributed! We have a small but growing patch now.
Question, Sarah….do raspberry bushes have thorns? I’ve been thinking of picking but wondering if too squish-able and someone mentioned thorns to me.
Hello Mish, thanks for hosting. I’ve submitted a sonnet this time, I wrote this one during the period when the pub was closed, I hope you’ll like it 🙂
Hi mrityunjay, (I’m hoping I have your name correctly written here) Thanks for joining. Looking forward to reading your sonnet. 🙂
My pleasure! 🙂
Thank you for hosting, Mish…..and sharing this wonderfully calm and peaceful piece of your day. The photos are perfect to embellish our experience….your words already have us in those fields with you. I have an AMAZING recipe for blueberry muffins that includes a tad bit of cinnamon. Oh how I wish I could get to those fields!
It is humid and promising summer storms on and off today in Boston. I did have breakfast and morning coffee out on our deck. While in San Diego I happened upon a French shop….quite tiny….but with wonderful table linens. They had a typical yello-blue flower/design round table cloth — and it is oilcloth so for outside. It so cheers up our deck and I can enjoy our red geraniums as well. We take every bit of joy we can these days….and hence my connecting up with yesterday’s poem.
I shall catch up with all my reading tomorrow.
Happy weekend everyone!
Sounds great, Lil….especially cinnamon in the muffins! Have a wonderful weekend as well.
Jane Swanson said:
Spent a beautiful morning in the sunshine. Just reminded myself of a short story titled All Summer in a Day
Hi Jane 🙂 Hmm…I will have to check out that story. Glad you are enjoying the sunshine.
Hello, Mish and everyone! I’ll take one of those croissants with blueberry jam; sounds luscious! My family has a garden with 4 blueberry bushes, so we have gotten a few large bowls of berries but not as many as it seems you got! I’ll have a hot green tea with the croissant; it’s an unseasonably cool day where I am. 😀
One green tea and warm croissant coming your way! How lovely to have your own blueberry bushes.
Happy OLN, Mish! 😀 Thank you so much for hosting us, I would love some croissants with your freshly made blueberry jam and iced tea. It’s extremely humid here.
I will be around today and tomorrow to read and comment 💝
Hello Sanaa…enjoy the croissants and jam. It has been very humid here as well, causing some storms and nearby tornadoes. Stay cool. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Thanks Mish! Stay safe from the storms and nearby tornadoes. Here’s hoping there is some respite from the humidity 💝
Hi Everyone! Thanks for hosting, Mish. Your blueberry picking day sounds lovely. I thought to go picking, but it’s been so hot. A fresh croissant and homemade blueberry jam? Yes, please!
Coming right up! It was a bit on the humid side when we picked. I don’t enjoy the heat anymore either.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hi Everyone- Thank you for hosting Mish. What wonderful photos! And you have made me hungry for a croissant. I just returned from another doctor visit, so going to get a bite to eat, and I’ll catch up on my reading tomorrow.
Packing you a croissant and jam to go, Linda. Enjoy the rest of your night. 🙂
Tranature - quiet moments in nature said:
Happy OLN everyone and thank you so much for hosting tonight Mish! Those blueberries look delicious and I’d love a croissant too please with some iced tea. I’m linking a tanka that I wrote when we were still in lockdown (that’s just been published). I’ll swing by in a moment to read xxx
My pleasure, enjoy the croissant and tea. Congrats on the publication! 🙂
Tranature - quiet moments in nature said:
Thank you Mish! 🙂
Frank J. Tassone said:
Good Afternoon, Poets! Thanks for hosting OLN, Mish! How about that Burgundy? 😉
A little pinot noir? Coming right up, Frank.
Hello poets, poetesses and publies (a combination of pub and lovely). How are you doing today?
Those blueberries look divine!
Never had an ice tea yet, but it never hurts to try new things.
Now, I’m off to read everyone’s work. Good day/evening everyone!
One ice tea to go with lemon. Hope you enjoy it, Lucy.
In Canada, we usually have ours pre-sweetened and we specify “ice tea” when ordering. I have to remind myself that in the U.S. they refer to “tea” as ice tea whereas “tea” for us is hot tea. Just some random trivia to take with you. G’nite!
Thanks Mish for hosting!
And I’ll read as many as time allows, but almost midnight here so I’ll continue tomorrow for sure, Open Nights are sometimes amazing in how much the same unconscious muses and subjects arise from us- though yes, I did a translation but it felt right. Almost posted the late from deadline”I am” prompt, but followed my intuition.
Perhaps you can share the “I am” prompt at a later OLN. I do think it’s interesting how the same topics arise from different poets. Have a good night, Anthony.
Yeah, but this felt the only pub prompt even remotely allowing a translation and a homage, my stuff doesn’t have to be up always, meaning I rather share what feels “right”..? 🤔😊 Good night, and great pieces so far from everyone!
Yes, I agree, share what feels right! 🙂
Hello Dear Poets and Mish, I love blueberries especially blueberry pancakes. I think tonight I need something stronger. How about a long island ice tea?
See you out there…
Hi Truedessa…I just made blueberry pancakes yesterday. Divine!
One long island ice tea on its way. 🙂
Hi Mish thanks for hosting and most especially thanks for sharing you delightful day and sunny gratitude … may all good things come your way 🙂
Thank you, kate for your kind words. Enjoy the poetry trail.
I sure do, thanks!
I thought she thought I was a blueberry…but no; BLUBBERY!
Hehehe….hi Ron. Thanks for joining in. 🙂
Those blue berries look so good!
🙂 Hi Dwight…yes they are.
Thanks for hosting, Mish. After a difficult few weeks here, one of my happy places has been a daily haiku series I’ve been writing to keep me centered at the small delights that get us through the day. Glad for the opportunity to share them.
Hi Xenia….and we are happy that you shared. Thank you. I took to some haiku as well this week, a good stress relief to connect to nature.
My first poem here. Thanks for hosting.
Jedediah Smith said:
Only one thing better than blueberries. Honey!
Hmmm….maybe so. Will be by soon to read. 🙂
Aaaaah. I love the peace and gratitude in your words, Mish! It is my dream to pick blueberries (I being one from a tropical Asian country). Thank you for sharing your slice of solitude!
it was very peaceful and my first time picking them. Happy to send a little solitude your way. btw..do you have mangoes? Would love to pick those!
Ahh! Mangoes are the tropical gems. We are almost blessed with them all year round as we have several varieties! 🙂
Thanks for hosting Mish. I love blueberries! We used to pick wild blackberries in the fields across the railroad tracks when I was a child. (K)
Great memories! 🙂
Open link morning for me, as I didn’t get a chance to post anything yesterday. I have to get some work done, but I’ll be back to read later.
Good to see you, Merril. 🙂 Still out on the poetry trail today, so no worries. Enjoy your weekend.
Thanks. You, too!
Thank you for hosting OLN Mish
Thanks for joining in, Paul. 🙂
It was a pleasure 🙂
Thanks much for hosting and the pleasant thoughts of blueberries (oh, fresh blueberry pie!) I’m linking in, and then I’ll be back in a bit to read and comment! Happy weekend, Jason
My pleasure, Jason. Enjoy your weekend as well. 🙂
Your post is very hopeful, Mish. Yes, all of us are on edge (if I may say so), and yet we are not giving up. We continue with the business of living and living meaningfully. Even amidst the crisis, there are so many things to be thankful for.
Thank you, Imelda. I agree. Gratitude brings peace.
Hi Mish, So nice to share your story. This is my third participation.
As we are in the pub, I’ll have my ususal café corretto – grappa in mine – with my brioche con la tua marmellata di mirtilli. Croissants are called brioche Italian bars. They come plain or stuffed with custard, chocolate or apricot jam – marmalata. A recommended breakfast, especially for those who are delicate in the morning.