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.
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!
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Good evening, poets and poetry lovers, and welcome to summer (or winter, if you’re on the other side of the world…) I have a variety of cocktails tonight including ginger mojitos, mai tais and long-island ice teas. To the designated drivers amongst us, I can offer a virgin version. Pull up a bar stool and enjoy the poetry!
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Rob Kistner said:
Thanks for hosting Ingrid. Finished my Paxlovid “COVID Cocktail” yesterday, and hoping I test negative this coming Monday at my doctors 🤞🏼. Feeling better, fever and cough gone, and only remaining symptom is some congestion. “See” everyone after the break. 🙂✌🏼❤️
Glad your recovering, Rob – good to have you here!
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you Ingrid. Been a tough Spring for me and my family. CHF setback, angioplasty, stents — now COVID. Really makes me deeply grateful for those days when I feel good — and for poetry! 🙂✌🏼❤️
Poetry is a great healer! Wishing you a speedy recovery 😊
Thanks to everyone working behind the scenes. A well-deserved break coming up.
Thank you for joining us!
I am going to step away from the bar until morning: I’ve got a heavy head from hayfever and it’s time for an early night! I will leave the bar open and be back to read and comment tomorrow – have fun 🙂
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Cindy Georgakas said:
beautiful poem Ingrid . oh my take good care until you open the bar tomorrow.. 💖💖
Thank you Cindy – my eyes are still streaming 😭 🤧😅
Cindy Georgakas said:
Hope they’re better today!!!
Thank you for hosting, Ingrid! I hope you feel better. I will probably catch up with reading tomorrow, too.
My pleasure, Merril – see you on the reading trail!
Wonderful poem. Love it, Ingrid.💕
Thank you Grace 💖
My pleasure 💕
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Enjoy your summer Ingrid, and make sure you get some time for relaxation. (K)
Thank you, Kerfe, you as well!
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Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Enjoy the break Ingrid! See you in July! ☺️💕
Thanks Christine! You too 💖
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Thanks for hosting, Ingrid! The hiatus is just what I need to drill down into the last 4 or 5 prompts that have not been coming (pages and pages of scribbled out verse), as well as catching up on all the links! Have a good break, everyone!
It sounds like it will be time well spent – enjoy!
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Thanks for hosting, Ingrid. Had to join in for this with a rather somber 55 that reflects my reactions to the current state of things, but I promise to be less depressing when I read and visit later. 😉 Have a great holiday, everyone at dVerse.
Thank you for visiting, Hedgewitch!
Thank you for hosting, Ingrid. Happy holidays. 🙂
And to you, Aishwara 🤗
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I am unable to access your site from any of my browsers now, Paul 😳
Thank you for hosting Ingrid, hope you are getting some summer up there:)
Typical northern weather then 🙂
Well, that was lovely. Thanks.
Hope you recover pronto. Stress seems to worsen allergies so do what you can to de stress dear lady. Xoxo I bless you. Xo
Thank you Selma 🤗