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Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing circa 1786 William Blake 1757-1827 (Public Domain)

Greetings, poets and poetry lovers, on this Open Link Night only days after Midsummer’s Eve (21 June in the Northern Hemisphere). I’m writing this from the North of England, my homeland to which I’ve returned after 10 years living both in London and abroad. The markedly longer, lighter nights of these Northern climes are noticeable. The birds wake me with their chatter at 4am, but I don’t complain. Birdsong is like so much poetry to me. So let’s get straight to the poetry! It is Open Link Night, as I said, so there is no set theme or challenge, simply post one poem of your own composition on any theme or subject, and drop the link in the Mr Linky widget below.

Please note that dVerse takes a Summer Break from now until 11 July, when the bar will reopen with more inspirational poetry prompts and challenges. I will also be taking a break from dVerse over the summer, as I am busy with publishing projects, but I look forward to meeting up with you all at the bar on my return.

Now for some poetic inspiration, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the fairy’s song (2.1.2-17):

Over hill, over dale,      
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,      
Thorough flood, thorough fire,      
I do wander everywhere,      
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;      
And I serve the Fairy Queen,      
To dew her orbs upon the green.      
The cowslips tall her pensioners be,     
 In their gold coats spots you see;      
Those be rubies, fairy favours,      
In those freckles live their savours.      
I must go seek some dew-drops here,      
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits; I’ll be gone;
Our Queen and all her elves come here anon. 

The Rules

For anyone who is new to dVerse, follow these simple rules to participate:

  • Post your 1 poem to your blog.
  • Mention or tag dVerse in your post, and link back to this post.
  • Paste the link to your post in the Mr Linky widget below.
  • Read and comment on the other poems linked up: we all come here to have our poems read!

See you on the poetry trail!