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Hello Fellow Poets and Welcome to Open Link Night at dVerse-

This is your opportunity to share one poem, old or new with us. There is no specific theme but if you wish to, you can respond to a prompt you may have missed earlier in the week.

For those of us here in the states, we are all breathing a heavy sigh of relief, along with the rest of the world. And although he is going to go out like the petulant child he is- Kicking and Screaming, and Crying UNFAIR! Our nightmare with him as our leader is almost over. Let’s hold strong and keep the FAITH.

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” 

― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

This is my first time hosting since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I am so grateful to be here.

I am proud to be a part of this motley group of talented poets, and so appreciative of the unbelievable support I have received from you all during my illness. You have held me up above the darkness, and though I have had some strenuous days, you were always there in spirit. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. 

I recently bought an interesting little book and I came across the most marvelous word and wanted to share it with you here:

NEFELIBATA (noun, m+f, Spanish and Portuguese) lit. “cloud-walker”; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams, or one who does not obey the conventions of society, literature, or art.- Source: OTHER WORDly, Words both strange and lovely from around the world, by YEE-LUM MAK

What an incredible word! If ever there was an apt description of a poet, this is it.  

Below are a few more words from the same book:

DORMIVEGLIA (noun, m. Italian)the space that stretches between sleeping and waking

Cafuné (noun, m, Brazilian Portuguese) running your fingers through the hair of someone you love

Gökotta (noun, n, Swedish) lit. “dawn picnic to hear the first birdsong”; the act of rising in the early morning to watch the birds or to go outside to appreciate nature

There are English words in the book as well, and I can give you a little hint- I am hosting Quadrille on December 14th, and I plan to use one of the English words for the prompt. 

Now on to today’s OLN!

Just a reminder:  OLN means you can post ONE poem of your choosing (no specified form, length, word prompt etc)

Also, we request you either TAG dVerse or include a line at the end of your post that includes a link back to dVerse. 

Those of you new to dVerse, here’s how to participate:

  • Post any poem of your choosing on your blog or website.
  • Click on Mr. Linky below to add your name and enter the direct URL to your poem
  • On your blog, please provide a link back to dVerse. This enables others to enjoy our prompts, increases our readership and thus increases the responses to everyone’s poems. 
  • If you promote your poem on social media, use the tag #dverse poets

And most importantly, please do read some of the other responses to the prompt and add a short comment or reaction. Everyone likes to be appreciated! The prompt is “live” for several days – as you’ll notice by the comments you’ll receive – so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too!