Haiku Friday – Home & Leaves

30 Sep

Hello! Welcome to ‘Haiku Friday’!

 

Home and Leaves are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Early one morning

Red foliage knocked on my door

Welcome to autumn

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Home is in his arms

It is where I long to live

My love lives in sleep

Renounced was I for the grave

Love lives beyond the tomb

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Happy Friday!

Haiku Friday – Clouds & Sunshine

23 Sep

Hello everyone! Welcome and Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Clouds and Sunshine are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

I’ve use the synonym ‘Daybreak’ for ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Mist’ for ‘Clouds’. In the Tanka I used ‘Light’ and ‘Puff’.

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Illustration by Katherine Cardona

Vampire

by Vashti Q

Daybreak hours fore

Shadows stir in the mist

They surround the night

Victim’s Revenge

by Vashti Q

Creature of the night

Trapped by incandescent light

Long did they embrace

In her arms he burned like fire

Puff of dust to soothe her ire

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Check out my short story Fall From Desire

Have a great weekend everyone!

Writers Quote Wednesday – FAREWELL

21 Sep

Welcome! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

The theme this week: FAREWELL chosen by Colleen & Ronovan.

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There’s a reason for this theme. It’s Colleen and Ron’s way of announcing that they will no longer host the ‘Writers Quote Wednesday Challenge’. It’s a sad day for today is the last day of the challenge and the last day of Summer too. The reason they’ve ended the challenge is because they have books to write and I completely understand. I suppose I could continue ‘Writers Quote Wednesday’ but the truth is I have books to write also and I could use more time, so this too will be my last ‘Writers Quote Wednesday’ post. At least for now, I will continue ‘Haiku Friday‘ but I want to dedicate more time to my Fantasy Angels Series. I will keep you updated on my progress with that. Thank you for visiting my blog and for all the lovely comments. I appreciate you all.

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“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

~ Dr. Seuss

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

~ Anton Chekhov

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.”

~ Helen Hunt Jackson

“Summer’s gone today; I wished a wish that it would never go away,
but summer told me it couldn’t stay.
So I said my goodbyes, with tear-filled eyes,
and waved my farewell to the blue summer skies.”

~Elizabeth Heller

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”

~Celia Thaxter

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Enjoy your week!

Haiku Friday – Magic & Stars

16 Sep

Magic and Stars are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Many men and women compare themselves to celebrities. They don’t understand that what they’re doing is comparing themselves with an illusion. The images we see of celebrities are not real. They are touched up, photoshopped and lit to perfection. Then they are approved by the star and if he or she sees a flaw they do not endorse it.

I fear for young boys and girls who feel they need to be perfect in order to succeed in life. No human being is perfect. And no one should compare them self to anyone else. No matter how hard an apple tries to be a banana it will always be an apple, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 

People can be beautiful with their flaws.  Call me weird but I’m actually attracted to certain “flaws” or what some may determine to be “flaws”. Here are some things that I find attractive that may be unorthodox.

*I love a crooked smile.

*I find bald men attractive.

*A well placed scar can be very sexy.

*I don’t like skin that’s completely clear and flawless. I prefer a few lines, a spot here or there, maybe a bump or a scar.

*Skinny is not attractive. I prefer a strong healthy body with some shape.

There are more, but I didn’t want to go on and on. You get my point. I believe everyone should embrace who they are, try to be the best they could be and never ever compare themselves to a celebrity. 

Flaws––they flow through her

Illusions of perfection

Celebrity’s lure

Check out these photos of stars before and after retouch/photoshop.

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I understand why celebrities touch up their photos and videos, after all, they are selling illusions. We should understand it for what it is, but we shouldn’t fall for it. Perfection is an illusion and you can be beautiful––flaws and all.

Have a great weekend!

Writers Quote Wednesday – UNITY

14 Sep

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Welcome! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: UNITY chosen by Ronovan.

This has been and continues to be a tough election year here in the USA. I don’t remember ever seeing such animosity between americans due to politics. This country is called the ‘United States of America’ and right now there seems to be no unity amongst the people of this country. America is a country made up of a diverse group of people that form a complex whole. We can be united without necessarily agreeing on everything. We can be united without being cookie cutter copies of each other. We can be individuals with different opinions, beliefs and appearances. As long as we respect one another and show empathy, understanding and consideration toward each other we can be united. A country united is a strong country. I feel that the world is laughing at us right now because of our petty squabbles with one another. They’ve figured it out and are probably wondering why we’re stuck on stupid.

If I offended anyone by speaking my mind, it wasn’t my intention.

“What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period.”

~Stevie Wonder

“I think family is key, and if you have love for family, then you have love for others – and you have unity as a people.”

~Marlon Wayans

“I think my best skill in this whole deal is as a conduit to try to bring people together, because I think it’s in our unity that we’ll have the greatest strength.”

~Woody Harrelson

“We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there’s an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. “

~Junot Diaz

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Haiku Friday – Beach & Time

9 Sep

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Happy Haiku Friday and a warm welcome to my blog!

 

Beach and Time are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Lots of people seem to be in a hurry to say goodbye to summer. There are things I enjoy about all the seasons but I’m not in any rush to go from one to the other. It seems that summer isn’t ready to leave south Florida yet, anyway. There are 13 days of summer left, so I’m planning a few more trips to the beach.😉

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Thirteen days remain

To enjoy nature’s playground

Still time for the beach

I walk on the beach

Time stands still as the ocean

sings song of summer

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Writers Quote Wednesday – Autumn

7 Sep

Welcome! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: AUTUMN chosen by Colleen.

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My writing buddy ‘Scribbles’ at a pumpkin patch.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Here in south Florida we don’t have much shedding of leaves from deciduous trees but we do share the earlier arrival of night and the cooling of the temperature, although only slightly down here. Nevertheless, the feeling of autumn is very present and it’s one of my favorite times of year. That being said, we still have 15 days of summer left and I plan to make the most of it.😉

I did grow up in the north, New York City, and I do sometimes miss the red and gold autumn palette. I came across the poem, ‘Leaves’ by Elsie N. Brady on Tumblr and it is such a beautiful and sweet poem, definitely worth sharing with my friends here. Enjoy!

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Leaves

by Elsie N. Brady

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.

At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.

“I see the turning of a leaf dancing in an autumn sun, and brilliant shades of crimson glowing when a day is done.”

~Hazelmarie Mattie Elliott

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”

~Shira Tamir

Summer went away

So that wind and leaves can play

Over the meadow

Leaves tire, floating to the ground

To dress the field in scarlet gown

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It’s the middle of the week. We’re almost over the hump, so enjoy the rest of the week.

Haiku Friday – River & Stone

2 Sep

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River and Stone are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

I ran across this wonderful poem and I was touched by it, so I wanted to share it here today. I was astonished when I discovered that it was written by a 17 year old girl. This poet is deep and insightful beyond her years.

River Stones

by Danii Spinelli Phantomm

On each persons path, there are stones-
Do you cast yours at others because you are looking behind you?,
Do you stumble over them and fall because you are looking so far into the distance?
Or- Do you use them as the stepping stones they are in that moment to better safely guide yourself because you are walking in the here and the now?

Those that throw may be lead to their own glass house.
Those that stumble may fall into a hole…
But those that see, that trust, that walk- they are on their way…
By one step, one stone, one moment at a time,
They are going somewhere

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A lonely leaf jumped

To a creek of a river

Lured by gleaming stones

Where the water floats by

Now a touch of crimson drifts

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Have a happy Friday!

Writers Quote Wednesday – COMEDY

31 Aug

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Welcome! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: COMEDY chosen by Ronovan.

“Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches. Failure is the exact same as success when it comes to comedy because it just keeps coming. It never stops.”

~Emma Stone

“Being funny wasn’t a career choice growing up, it was my way out of situations; a way to survive another day.”

~Tracy Morgan

“To all the girls out there who think being funny is not sexy, you are wrong!”

~Chad Michael Murray

“I immediately bond with people that make me laugh. These are generous people that give the gift of life. Laughing is healthy it reanimates you.”

This is completely unrelated to today’s post, but has anyone begun to use Snapchat? I’ve just begun to figure it out. Well, actually I figured out how to use the filters, camera and video but that’s about it. Snapchat has been around about three years and I believe it’s going to become a huge social media tool. What do you think? Is it worth getting into?

I finally figured out how to make a video on Snapchat. Now, if only I can figure out the rest.🙄

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Enjoy your day!

Haiku Friday – Rhyme & Reason

26 Aug

 

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Rhyme and Reason are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

When the Rhyme touched me

Something started in my soul

Defying logic

I wrote the first dulcet line

And the heavens opened up

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Have a great day!