Lillian here. Delighted as always to host dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe!

It’s Monday in Boston and I’m ahead of schedule, writing out words of welcome for Thursday’s OLN (which is now today as you’re reading!). On Sunday, February 7th, my husband and I will celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. Our 50th was supposed to be a celebratory family affair: our two children, their spouses, and our five grandchildren planned to gather in a very large rental house in Washington DC for an extended weekend. It’s rare these days when we’re all separated by distance, and the grands are in middle school, to find a block of time that fits everyone’s schedules. Needless to say, that gathering was cancelled because of Covid. We’ve not seen our son and his family since December 19th, 2019. And of course, one year later, there are still no plans for a large family gathering. One thing I’ve learned in this past year, whether or not we’re with our families in person, the love continues. We have a table grace we’ve sung ever since our children were little – it’s rather nondenominational and some would say, not very religious. It’s called “The Circle of Love.” Over the years, especially now when grandkids are at the table, it’s grown quite raucous in its singing. A joyful rendition of family! Oh how we hope we can all be together, around one table, sometime in 2021!

Which leads me to this dVerse family! I must say, I am forever grateful for Bjorn’s invitation to join dVerse some 6 years ago. What an outlet this has provided over these challenging Covid times! And now we have our monthly LIVE OLN gatherings where faces and voices are finally attached to their written words! Together, over the years we’ve weathered through the tragedies, joys, and triumphs of dVerse writers….sometimes simply by reading words in their posted poetry, other times through chat comments in our day-of-prompt announcements. And when you consider that dVerse writers come from around the globe, isn’t this then, in some ways, also a Circle of Love? Well…..”love” might be too strong a word….but for me….well I think love can take many different forms. At dVerse, I think it takes the form of acceptance and, more importantly, the simple acknowledgement of someone else’s personal thoughts – be they fiction or factual. So – on this OLN day at dVerse, I give thanks for each of you. You’ve all helped me weather through these challenging times of Covid…..and I look forward to reading your posts today. One more day down where we’re getting closer to real hugs, having people over for dinner, and traveling to see our loved ones as well as traveling for pleasure! I decided to get dressed up for dVerse today….and brighten everyone’s day with this lovely red cape. Sort of makes me feel like Wonder Woman! 😊

New to dVerse or our OLN day?  Here’s what to do:

  • Post ONE poem of your choice to your blog. Any form, length; rhyme or no rhyme. Your choice.
  • 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 poem 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!