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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Open Link Monday

Welcome to the Imaginary Garden...

photo credit: lord_yomismo via photopin cc
Greetings to all-comers on another Monday in the Land of Blog. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Magaly Guerrero who has agreed to shared the hosting responsibilities of Open Link Monday. Look out for her vivacious presence fortnightly.

As a poetic thought for today, I offer this extract from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman:

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer.

That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

We are here today for that contribution, your verses, your thoughts freely shared. Please link up a poem of your choice, and enjoy whatever time you have to spare for the Imaginary Garden.


17 comments:

jo-hanna said...

Happy Monday.
Sorry to jump in first, but I'm having a "night-for-day" period and badly need some shut-eye now. Back to read later in the day when the poems have rolled in.

Björn Rudberg said...

I posted a little piece I wrote for the Sunday wordle ... I will be back to read later....:-)

Arushi Ahuja said...

i finally managed to finish the poem i submitted for "poem in progress" last week...it dint really turn out the way i expected but i thought i should share it since you guys helped me finish it!! thanks a lot everyone!!

DeniseinVA said...

This is a really neat meme! Love your poem pic and your photo.

Susan said...

Your picture, words, Whitman's words, your response will stay with me all morning! Thank you, Kerry!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Walt Whitman and the most whimsical daisy to start my morning? What a gift! Thank you, Kerry. ♥

manicddaily said...

Thanks Kerry for your words and the Whitman. I am posting skeletal poem since I was a bit late on that prompt. Thanks for all you do. K.

Fireblossom said...

I must go do errands, but will be back to read and comment later on! Happy Monday, everybody.

Jim said...

I like your flower today. A piece of jewelry? You are good at digging up things, Kerry. It has been a time since Whitman for me. And for sure not this one.

So I will add one more 'O me' to your pages. It doesn't do Whitman justice though.
..

Marian said...

good morning, Toads! some of you have already read my entry, but what the hell, i haven't written anything since. :( & this is 55!

also... welcome, Bjorn! pull up a lily pad... a fine addition to our pond. :)

have a great week, everyone. ribbit!

Karen S. said...

Good morning, I'm still learning my way around the garden! I hope my offering plants happy seeds!

Timoteo said...

Top o' the mornin' to ya, Toads!

Kim Nelson said...

Greetings, Toads! Happy to visit the garden. My contribution is in evolution. Please, offer critique!

Laura said...

my first link doesn't work oops.

Laura said...

my first link doesn't work oops.

grapeling said...

Good week to all ~

Jazzbumpa said...

here i arrive
on the 12th

in search of toads

cheers
JzB