Haiku Friday – Beacon & Field

20 Mar

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Welcome to Haiku Friday! Well this week Ronovan from RonovanWrites did not make it easy with his Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge! Check out these prompt words: Beacon and Field. Yikes! I almost broke my brain trying to come up with something and just when I was about to give up, Florence Nightingale popped in my head. Here’s my haiku.

Florence Nightingale Holding Lamp

The Lady with the Lamp

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Florence Nightingale

Shinning on the battle field

A beacon of hope

Florence Nightingale by Henry Hering, copied by  Elliott & Fry

Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing. During the Crimean War she managed a group of nurses, trained by her, and she organized them to tend wounded soldiers. She elevated the reputation of nursing and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of “The Lady with the Lamp” making rounds of wounded soldiers at night. She was a hero in the war especially in those days when most of the soldiers that died did so from infection and disease rather than from their actual wounds. She changed a lot of that. And guess what? She was also a writer, although much of her published work was concerned with spreading medical knowledge. You can read more about her here.


In many medical facilities nurses are overworked, underpaid, and in many cases unappreciated. Are you a nurse? Is there a nurse in your family? Do have a friend who is a nurse? If so, thank her or him for me. It’s one of the hardest jobs.

41 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Beacon & Field”

  1. Wild Daffodil March 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm #



  2. Ronovan March 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    My mother was a nurse but her fibromyalgia has taken its toll. She’s passed it fibro onto me now and I worry as i see what its done to her.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 20, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that, Ron. The good news is that fibromyalgia is in the spotlight right now and there’s a lot of research being done. I’m sure they’ll come up with better ways to treat this disease in the near future. Don’t worry––it only makes thing worse. 🙂 xx

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  3. cindy knoke March 20, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Important post~


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you Cindy. My mom and maternal grandma were both nurses and I ended up in the medical field too. 😀


  4. aranislandgirl March 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    Such a thoughtful post and Haiku. My sister is a very hard working nurse ❤


  5. olganm March 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    Great post. I’m a psychiatrist in my other life and one of my best friends is an A&E nurse. Fabulous hard-working people.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm #

      Thank you Olga. It’s so sweet and refreshing of you to say so. Unfortunately some doctors don’t seem to care.


  6. Hugh's Views and News March 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    Great tribute to all our nurses and medical employees, Vashti.

    Florence Nightingale is a huge hero of mine. I’m so glad I met her at my history lessons in High school.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 20, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      Thank you, Hugh. That’s so cool! I’m glad she came to mind then. 😀 Did you ever want to be a nurse?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Hugh's Views and News March 21, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

        No, not really. I wanted to be a train driver, then a fireman, then a shop keeper. I did none of those jobs during my time at work. The closest I came was in Selfridges in London where I was a store assistant for there years. Hard work but great fun.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 10:51 am #

        Ha, ha! A train driver, huh. I bet you had a train set growing up. What made you want to be a shop keeper. That’s odd for a kid.

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      • Hugh's Views and News March 24, 2015 at 11:25 am #

        Yes, I had a train set one Christmas. Loved it very much.

        Not sure what it was about wanting to own my own shop and becoming a shop keeper. I guess it was the signs of me becoming addicted to eBay in later life that were coming through? I did far more selling, than buying, on eBay.


  7. Kimberly March 20, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    Love the historical aspect here 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you Kimberly. I felt I should give some background on her for those who weren’t familiar. 🙂


  8. Sunni Morris March 21, 2015 at 12:22 am #

    Good job on this one. Perfect for today’s words.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Thanks Sunni! The prompt words were difficult for me this time but I guess that’s what makes it a challenge. I’m glad I thought of her. 🙂


  9. canaf March 21, 2015 at 1:35 am #

    Cool how you came up with the inspiration. Nice haiku tribute.


  10. Rebecca bell March 21, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    My haiku:
    You are a shining beacon
    That cuts through the darkness so brightly
    You bring peace of mind


  11. Serins March 21, 2015 at 11:10 am #

    Excellent Haiku. Nurses and teachers are often not seen for how important they are. 🙂


  12. 1stpeaksteve March 22, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    That is cool that she came to mind for you. As for good old Florence, I admire anyone who notices something is wrong and takes the reigns to correct it. She could have been like the countless others who just went with the flow because it is just that way.


    • Rebecca March 22, 2015 at 11:31 am #

      I believe that we (all) have that instinct to change things when we see something wrong, but for some people, the instinct is either muted (by choice because of life experiences) or because they don’t know how to listen to her (our Muse)


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 10:58 am #

        You’re so wise, Rebecca. I agree. That’s why I admire people that do take risks and act on their instincts. These are the people that change the world for the good. 😀


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      I couldn’t agree more. Because of her nursing is what it is today and she saved the lives of many soldiers. I’m glad I thought of her too. 😉


  13. pattyalcala March 22, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. She was a pioneer for all of us who went into the medical field. I was a Critical Care Nurse for 27 years, then went back to school to be a Physician Assistant. You are so right. They are so under appreciated. It became even more evident when I was working as a PA. The doctors treated me like an equal, but the Nurse Practitioners were still calling patients with lab work, drawing blood, etc. They never even had their own patient load. I never understood that but I was happy I chose to be a PA.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Hi Patty! A CCU nurse for 27 years? Wow! You deserve a metal! Thank you for all those years of service. You’re right, I have observed that myself. PA was a very wise choice. Good for you! 😀

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  14. ratnibbles March 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    Wonderful Haiku, Vashti!


  15. Prakash Hegade March 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    wow! You have given such a nice meaning to the prompt.. the best one i read so far.. 🙂


  16. Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 24, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Thank you for the mention, Ron! 😀 xx



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