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Lillian here. Delighted to host OLN where each of you is invited to post ONE poem of your choosing!

Since there is no actual prompt:  I thought I’d just share a few of my favorite sayings I’ve collected over the years (author noted after each). Perhaps you’ll identify with one or two?  Why not post a favorite saying of yours in this dVerse chat?  Would love to gather new ones! Here’s some of my favorites:

The challenge is to accept change. (me)

Become a Possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them for they’re always there. (Norman Vincent Peale)

“Normal” is a setting on a dryer. (me)

Look up. Not down at your shoes. Not down at your belly . . . yes it’s sticking out. Look up. (Anne Lamott)

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. (??)

Cancer is a word. It is not a sentence. (my cousin)

If you’re going through hell, keep going. (Winston Churchill)

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. (Henry Ford)

And this is from I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron, which is a great read – it’ll make you chuckle out loud.  She wrote the script for When Harry Met Sally. Her exact words are in italics. The other part is my paraphrasing:

I am sorry to report that I have an Aruba. My Aruba is named after the Caribbean island of Aruba, where the winds are so strong that all the little trees on it are blown sideways in one direction. But my Aruba is not an island. It’s the thing happening with my hair, on the crown of my head, in the back. My cowlicks have won, and they are all blown sideways, leaving a little bare space. Not a bald spot – but my scalp is right there. I wake up with it. I fix it. But it always comes back. A spot on the back of my head where my scalp shows. I look fine from the front; as young as a person can look given how old I am. But from the back – I look a little bit bald. But I’m not. It’s my Aruba.

And that’s me……contemplating the meaning of these sayings and their relationship to life today, in the Age of Covid.  SO — I”M READY TO READ YOUR POEM!  Post it to Mr. Linky below!


  • Post ONE poem of your choice (no prompt or particular form – but it must be poetry) 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 post 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!