Hello to All d’Versians gathered here today at this site of pubtalk and poetry! Lisa here, hosting Open Link Night. The jukebox is queued and liquid refreshment is on standby. Let the poeming commence!
The long winter in the northern hemisphere often feels like being encased in equal measures of lethargy and suspended animation. As the skies grow more blue and signs of life begin to stir, we begin to squirm and get ready to fly.
This past weekend, I met up with my older son, younger son, his wife, and their baby daughter, who is already 11 months old. How time flies. Younger son and his wife have a membership at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, as do I, and they have been taking the baby to the gardens on Saturdays. Much of the indoors part of it is under the roof of what looks like a giant terrarium, where you can walk through areas that include dessert, temperate (it’s full-fledged spring in there now, with hyacinth, tulips, and daffodils in bloom,) carnivorous plants (did you know there is such a thing as a winged pitcher plant?,) and finally the largest section, the tropical, where bamboo and trees reach for the sky, bright hibiscus and orchids shine, and tiny quail skitter over trails.
Also at this time of year, in the tropical section, they have a butterfly event, where they bring in chrysalises of butterflies from all over the world. They rest in lines and look like hospital nurseries full of babies wrapped in swaddling. I’d seen monarch chrysalis before and noticed the gold dots on the green but never thought much about it. Some seen this weekend looked more gold than not, which got my curiosity going. Doing a little research, I learned word chrysalis is derived from the Greek word chrysos meaning gold. I was going to try to explain the scientific aspect of how it happens but it is way complicated. If you want to know the science behind it click on “Ask an Entomologist.”
The following excerpt from Joan Murray’s excellent poem, Chrysalis, describes the life cycle of the butterflies that she and her son encountered one summer:
I remember the monarchs my son and I brought in one summer
on bright pink flowers we’d picked along the swamp …
We never noticed the
till we puzzled out the mystery of the small black things
on the marble top–which turned out to be their droppings.
And soon, three pale green dollops hung from the carved-out leaves,
each studded with four gold beads–so gold they looked to be
mineral–not animal–a miracle that kept us amazed
as the walls grew clear and the transformed things broke through,
pumped fluid in their wings, dried off–and flew.
Another excerpt, this one from Jody Lee Collins, called, Cocoon:
Chrysalis—gold. All that remains
when death is past and days
have vanished. New life comes,
unfurls its way to the neverseen.
Eclosion complete, I raise my
wings and fly.
And now we have come to the moment we’re here for: linking up our poems!
Just a reminder: Open Link Night 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
•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 open and linkable for several days so do stop by another day and read a few of the latecomers too.
Welcome to OLN, everyone!
As always we have a variety of delicious food items and drinks ready to serve. Please do let me know what you prefer.
I am adding tuna steaks and castello monaci kreos rose to the list.
If you have a sweet tooth like me then do help yourselves to some Ristretto with hot fudge chocolate pudding cake!
Lisa will be with us shortly! See you on the poetry trail! ❤️❤️
Sanaa, thank you so much for opening the pub and getting things rolling ❤
You’re most welcome, Lisa 🙂
Oh, lovely images!
I agree 😊
Thank you, Sanaa 🙂
Sarah, thank you!
Rob Kistner said:
Thanks for hosting Lisa! My piece today is about fools and heroes, and the frail human plight. It’s about failed ecology, and worldwide plague. It’s about love, hate, death, and brash 2nd lines. About MUSIC, murder, mayhem, and ego’s absurdity. Oh yeah – and it’s about Mardi Gras, n’ever-thing in b’tween!
It sounds like a potent write! I will be right over to read 😊 Happy OLN ❤️❤️
Dwight now of course you have my party spirit going.
Glenn A. Buttkus said:
Thank you, Lisa, for hosting. Finally I was able to start up BLACKTHORNE again! Poor health has kept me down since January. I think I’d like to have a carbonated apple juice, and a cream cheese bagel, please. I missed some live OLN events, which makes me sad. I have written 8 more episodes for the future.
Carbonated apple juice, and a cream cheese bagel, coming right up! Good to see you, Glenn. Your presence has been missed around the pub. So sorry to hear that you’re having health issues again. Will keep you in my prayers ❤️❤️
Glenn, just read that you have written 8 more BLACKTHORNE. ❤ OOH! Goody! I see dear Sanaa has gotten you your refreshments. Will be moseying to the poetry trail in just a few here.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I would like to have something light tonight… soon bedtime and the last week has not been a positive one… I am also behind on my commenting on the whole week of poems.
So sorry to hear that last week hasn’t been a positive one.. perhaps some hot cocoa before bed?
Thanks for hosting, Sanaa and Lisa! I’ll have a cup of black coffee with some of that hot fudge pudding cake.
My pleasure to co-host, Merril. One cup of black coffee with a tantalizing slice of hot fudge pudding cake for you. Yum, I think I will have a slice of that also! Cheers!
Black coffee and hot fudge chocolate pudding cake for the lovely lady 😊 Happy OLN, Merril! ❤️❤️
Steve King said:
Nice to be visiting this afternoon, and to see so many familiar names.
Welcome, Steve. I don’t think we have met, but I’m glad you’re here. Would you care for a drink and/or a snack?
thank you ladies for hosting ,
hope you are all safe and well,
i have ended my week on a thursday this week so looking forward to a 4 day weekend. bath time after a physically hard day will catch up with reading when i can.
my poem is more rant than poem sorry
Good to have you with us, Rog! I am sure it’s a fine write. Heading over to read you ❤️❤️
My pleasure on co-hosting, Rog. Sounds like you could use a relaxing cup of chamomile tea with a little lemon grass in it. Will read your poem soon, Rog.
Thanks everybody and it is my pleasure to co-host today. Will have to link up a poem later, it’s been a heck of a week. Looking forward to walking the poetry trail.
Gillena Cox said:
Wishing all a Happy Thursday.
I am not happy today.
Both my daughter and my son have tested positive for Covid 19.
Hopeful they will get through this as quickly as this virus allows.
Neither of them live with me.
They are in home quarantine.
Gillena, I’m so sorry to hear your troubling news. Hopefully, your daughter and son will have a mild case and it will pass quickly. Much love to you! Gayle xo
I am so sorry Gillena .. sending love and prayers..
Oh no, Gillena, so sorry to hear about your children testing positive for covid. I know how careful you all have been with your masks also. Hoping the virus holds no bad symptoms for them. I hope they take it easy while in quarantine ❤ ❤
Hello Lisa, nice to see you tonight. That hot fudge pudding cake that Sanaa mentioned sounds amazing! If there’s any left, I’ll take a serving. 🙂
Hot fudge chocolate pudding cake for the lovely lady 🙂 Heading over to read you, Gayle. Happy Oln! ❤️❤️
Thanks, Sanaa! I’ll be visiting you later too. xo
Welcome, Gayle. One slice/serving of hot chocolate fudge pudding cake coming right up 🙂
Thanks, Lisa. Um, I ended up with two serviings of cake…Sanaa already got me one–yum! 🙂
Oops! Maybe keep one for breakfast? 😉
Haha, good idea! 🙂
Carol Congalton said:
Thank you Lisa for hosting tonight’s OLN. Because of the time schedules I am always fast asleep here in NZ when you’re open. I still read all the contributions though and enjoy the lovely camaraderie.
Welcome, Carol. I had no idea you were in NZ. Glad you read and write here.
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Lovely post Lisa. I love the chrysalis and orchids! ☺️💕
Christine, it was a joyful time on Saturday seeing my grandbaby and all of the plants and critters, thank you.
Jade, I’m linking my earthweal poem–I added a little Richard Thompson because the song’s been running through my head today. I love that Jody Lee Collins poem. (K)
Kerfe, so glad you linked your earthweal poem up. Will be checking it out in a few. Happy you connected with the Jody Lee Collins poem.
Oooh i forgot to go to Mr Linky earlier, so I have deposited my mixed-up chrysalis there now, and would like a we sip of butterfly nectar as a nightcap. Please have one yourself Lisa – a lovely metamorphosis of a prompt!
Welcome, and glad you remembered to link up. I’ll pour us each a thimble of butterfly nectar as nightcap. Cheers, my friend!
Ali Grimshaw said:
Thanks for hosting, LIsa. I loved the photo and information about the chrysalises. I don’t think I ever imagined they would look that different.
I have worked hard all week to support my students and teachers. Tonight I am rolling into the weekend early by reading poems shared by others.
I appreciate this community and the poems shared here.
Be well and make a memory today with someone you love.
Welcome, Ali. My pleasure on hosting. Glad you like the material on chysalises. Sounds like you are ready to put up your feet and relax a little. So glad you enjoy the pub community and the poems. Thank you for your well-wishing, and may I mirror it back to you. ❤
Good Evening – I offer you a peaceful journey this evening…
Truedessa, I appreciate your benevolence ❤
Thanks so much for hosting Lisa, whiskey please, end of a long week 🙂
My pleasure, Paul, and since it’s the end of a long week, I’ll pour us each a double. Cheers, my friend!
A little bit late to the party, but I’m here. For many years I participated in a meme some here may remember, the Friday 55. Sadly the originator is gone, but when Friday comes I still feel the urge to write a 55.The blessing here is, only 55 words. ;_) Thanks for hosting, Li, and I will be around to visit and comment over the weekend.
Joy, welcome. The bar is well-stocked if you would care for a drink? I appreciate hearing some of the history of the Friday 55. Feels like a great length for a poem and I really enjoyed what you did with yours. See you later!