Greetings! Ingrid of Experiments in Fiction here, with a prompt I hope will inspire you. February is my birth month, and, although winter is definitely not my favourite season, I am glad to have my birthday at this time of year. Why? Because I receive, every year at this time, perhaps the best gift I could hope for: snowdrops peeking up through the cold earth, the first flowers of the year, and the promise of spring’s awakening. Already, the birds have begun to sing (if somewhat mutedly) outside my window. It will not be long until their chorus rises.
With this in mind, I would like you to write a poem about a special gift you have received at some time in your life. Perhaps it is a longed-for material possession which you received without expecting it. Perhaps, an object of particular sentimental value. Or perhaps the gift is of a spiritual nature. You can interpret this prompt in any way you like. I suppose this could be viewed as an exercise in gratitude. Without having to look much further than my window, I can always find something for which I am grateful. In order to take part, simply write your poem and link it up below. I look forward to reading!
For further inspiration, here are some of my favourite poems of gratitude:
Heaney – The Blackbird of Glanmore
Shakespeare – Sonnet 30
Wordsworth – The Tables Turned
And a little music: this one always makes me smile 😊
Taking part is easy! Here’s how…
- Post a poem to your blog.
- Enter a link directly to your poem by clicking Mr Linky below.
- Read and comment on other poets’ work, we all go here to have our poems read
- Please link back to dVerse from your site/blog.
- Comment and participate in our discussion below, if you like.
- Have fun.
Good evening, poetry lovers! It’s still rather cold here in the North of Englad, so I have some spicy lentil soup on offer, alongside chilli (meat or veg) and spiced gingerbread. How about a chilli chocolate Martini or a fiery ginger beer to drink?
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Happy birthday month, Ingrid! Loved the poems you have shared.
I would have loved a chilli chocolate martini but it is bed time for me! 😅 Will catch up with reading tomorrow.
Sounds like a good plan, Punam – thanks for stopping by!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello, I had my birthday in January already, on the brink of February… tonight I will not write, it’s too late and we have been out wining and dining.
Glad to hear you have been celebrating, Björn!
the gingerbread sounds good.
I will try to get in for a read when I have the chance.
great prompt. now need to go share my piece with the friends it mentions.
Thanks for visiting, Rog – enjoy the gingerbread!
I will leave the bar open as it’s getting late where I am. Please help yourself to food and drink, and I will be back to read in the morning!
Gillena Cox said:
Good Afternoon poets. Thanks for today’s challenge Ingrid. February is also my birth month and Saturday 11th i will celebrate my 73rd Birthday; God Willing.
Welcome Gillena! And we have the same birthday 😊 many happy returns for Saturday! 🎉
I’m late to the bar this evening as we were out visiting my stepmother-in-law. Arriving back at this hour means posting, linking up and then going to bed. But I will be back in the morning and will see you on the poetry trail, Ingrid.
See you then, Kim: an early start for me today!
Cindy Georgakas said:
what a delightful prompt. Happy almost birthday Ingrid and to all the February Pieces.. me included. 🙏🏼💞 Grateful for you! 💗 Glad to see you here again.
I know you’re only about 16 right? Or maybe you’re nearly 20 now? Either way, it’s a good month to be born! 💖🎉🎂
Cindy Georgakas said:
Exactly.. damn I’ll be 17 next year.. lol. I’ll never be 29. Are you the 17th? It’s a great month!!1 💞
The 11th! And yes, it is 🤩
Thank you hosting, Ingrid. I’m a bit late to the party but thanks for the gingerbread you left on the bar. Delicious!
I’m glad you enjoyed it, Mish – it’s homemade 😊
M Jay Dixit said:
Oh I know just what to write! Thanks for this, ingrid. I loved the Beatles docuseries. I think it’s the best in that genre
My pleasure, Jay – it’s a great documentary, I agree!
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you posting Ingrid. I got started late today, but got my
Piece written, and the link posted.
Glad to see you here Rob!
Sherry Marr said:
I can never resist the topic: gratitude, because that is how I live every single day. Thanks, Ingrid. Here on the West Coast of Canada, there is a bit more light every evening and we have some green things popping up…….the heart beats faster, anticipating all of spring, summer and fall ahead. Glorious.
You, too have much to be grateful for. I am so excited for the coming spring!
Thank you, Ingrid for hosting and a lovely prompt. February is my birthday month too, and I’m excited. 🙂
So many February birthdays! Best wishes to you 🎉🎂
Thanks a lot, Ingrid. Birthday wishes to you too. 🙂
Thank you Aishwara 😊
It’s your birthday– yes, I remember. And it’s your book’s birthday too. How cool is that! A wonderful unfurling. I wish you all the best, dear Ingrid.
I will try to write to this prompt; will try to settle on one thing to be grateful for. (there are so many)
Thanks. Talk more later. xoxo
Thank you, Selma 😊 I agree, there are almost too many to choose from!
Felicidades y que la vida te llene de flores.
A lovely prompt indeed, Ingrid. We have so much to be grateful for. This time I wrote about my unpretentious hometown.
For ease of finding it: https://selmamartin.com/no-roads-here-lead-to-rome/
Thanks so much. xoxo
I look forward to reading, Selma, thank you!
Hi, here’s my link
Thank you Sadje!
My birthday falls in February as well…wishing you birthday blessings, Ingrid! We are traveling so not sure if I’ll share a poem but grateful for your lovely prompt 🙂
My pleasure, Lynn – enjoy your birthday!
Thank you 🙂
Hey Ingrid and all fellow d’Versers. Just posted the link to my prompt contribution over at Mr. Linky there. I enjoyed writing this one, hope ye enjoy the read! 🤞🙏😁📖
Thank you Ken!
It was my pleasure Ingrid! 🙏😊😁
Art Hernandez said:
Meeting up with superstars
My baseball heros.
A core memory for sure.
Meeting up with baseball
Gods from Cincinnati.
The big red machine.
I must have been 8 or ten.
76 or 77.
I was so star struck.
I spread hand germs
With Joe Morgan
Ken Griffin Sr.
I was on cloud 7.
It was the coolest present.