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REMEMBER: This Thursday, December 8 is OLN LIVE! Whether you want to just sit in and listen or come read a poem of your choice — we’re a VERY friendly bunch so hope you’ll come join us! The link to join will be right on the OLN post on Thursday. We start at 3 PM EST and end at 4….stop in any time within that parameter! SEE YOU THERE!

Lillian here, wishing all my fellow dVersers a Happy Tuesday! Here in Boston, winter has arrived. Down jackets, gloves and wool caps are seen on the streets daily. Bare tree branches seem to shiver in the wind while squirrels scurry around madly hiding acorns. Darkness comes much earlier now that daylight savings time is a thing of the past. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are no longer available at Starbucks, having been replaced with Gingerbread Lattes and something called an Iced Sugar Cookie Latte. Outside-dining is a thing of the past and I find myself craving tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich which, for me, has always been comfort food in the winter.

Music lover that I am, I did a quick search for songs about winter and cold weather and came up with many many song titles. I winnowed them down to the following list (FYI: the artist who made the song famous is in parentheses):

A Hazy Shade of Winter (Simon and Garfunkel)
A Long December (Counting Crows)
A Winter’s Tale (Queen — and also The Moody Blues)
Cold Weather Blues (Muddy Waters)
Footprints in the Snow (Bill Monroe)
If We Make It Through December (Merle Haggard)
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Billie Holiday)
Let It Go (Idina Menzel)
Love Like Winter (AFI)
My Love Is Winter (The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania)
Roses from Snow (Emmylou Harris)
The Hounds of Winter (Sting)
Trapped Under Ice (Metallica)
When It’s Cold, I’d Like to Die (Moby)
Winter Things (Ariana Grande)
White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes)

You’ve probably guessed by now where this is going. I’d like you to use at least two of the titles within the body of your poem. The titles must be word for word – but feel free to use enjambment (split up the words over two lines) or add punctuation between the words. Your poems may be any length or form. I’m looking forward to settling down in my easy chair with a cup of hot chocolate to warm me up while I read your poems!

New to dVerse?  Need to be refreshed on the rules?

Here’s what to do:

  • Write a poem include at least two of the song titles listed above, within the body of the poem.
  • Post the poem to your blog AND 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 you do not TAG or include a link to dVerse at the end of your post, I will gently remind you to do so. After all, this will increase your readership and comments, and others will find dVerse and hopefully join in the fun. If you do not add the TAG or link after my reminder, I will remove your post from Mr. Linky. I do not want to do that! So please do include the TAG or link!