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Monday, July 28, 2014

Open Link Monday

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden...

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Greetings to all poets on this last Monday of July. Many thanks to all who linked up last week - I was moved by the many posts written as tributes to those who had lost their lives in the political unrest which has been so prevalent this month. On that occasion, I asked what was the poet's task. Today, I ask what is the poet's vision?

Arthur Rimbaud said: “A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences... where he becomes all men, the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed--and the Supreme Scientist...  He attains the unknown, and if, demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them!"

Sometimes, this label of "poet" seems difficult to live up to, yet we all do our part, in our own styles, to express what we see, feel and understand of the world around us. However, what is a poet without a reader? This is why we take the opportunity to gather in the Imaginary Garden each week, not only as a source of inspiration but also to share our work with willing readers. Please link up a poem of your choice, and visit the blogs of fellow poets, who share this space with you. And have a wonderful Monday.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Play it Again, Toads! #7


Welcome to the seventh "Play it Again, Toads!".  The images posted here are an OPTION - they do NOT have to be used in this challenge.  If you DO use one, you must combine it with an archived challenge.   You may select a challenge from the three I highlight below OR choose any challenge the Imaginary Garden has ever offered.  The archive in on the right sidebar - 2011-2014.

The images are from a kayaking trip my husband and I took with two of our children a couple of weekends past.  The lake is located just around the corner from our home and is the fist time we have enjoyed a day upon it's surface.  It won't be the last!  How is it I (we?) often enjoy such treasures close to home so rarely?  I think prioritizing is in order.  



Here are three challenges from previous July posts:






Please, original poems only and link your specific post to Mr. Linky below.  Make it clear which challenge you are resurrecting by including a link.  


Remember, Open Link Monday is around the corner and available for those who are unable to finish this weekend.  I look forward to reading your poems and I will be checking back here for any late submissions.