Haiku Friday – Silent & loud

10 Jul

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog. I appreciate the visit. Today is Haiku Friday and that means I’ve written a haiku based on the prompt words from Ron’s haiku challenge. You can participate too! Click on the link above and join us. This week’s prompt words are Silent and Loud.


Black Swan by detentum-clamor (deviantART)


by Vashti Quiroz-Vega


The loud voices in her head

Slowly hushed sane thoughts

Inexorable, the loud voices in her head.

The loud voices in her head slowly hushed sane thoughts.

BlackSwan_haiku_Friday_The Writer Next Door

Illustration by SnobVOT (Stefano) deviantART

The prompt words this week made me think of the movie Black Swan. Natalie Portman did a phenomenal job portraying a ballerina slowly losing her mind. If you enjoy psychological thriller-horror movies and a stellar cast, I highly recommend this movie.

Have you seen the movie, Black Swan? Did you enjoy Natalie’s performance?

Do you know anyone who suffers from schizophrenia?

40 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Silent & loud”

  1. olganm July 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    I’m a psychiatrist so the answer is… many and have worked with them for years. I’ve watched Black Swan. I “enjoyed” the movie although… Have a lovely weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Hello Olga. Yes, I imagined you must have been involved in the treatment of many schizophrenics. I suppose there are different degrees or types of schizophrenia? I say this because I had a distant relative that had the disease (he’s gone) and he was a very sweet, friendly, and talented person. He was an excellent artist. I actually have one of his paintings. He was a bit eccentric but in a fun way and that’s about it.
      I loved the movie although there were some heart-wrenching moments. It was very well acted. 😀 xx


  2. Wild Daffodil July 10, 2015 at 12:19 pm #


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  3. cindy knoke July 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Yes, I have worked with many schizophrenics in my career as a psychotherapist. There are some of my favorite people and I never met one like the Portman character. Love your Haiku~

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Cindy! I didn’t know you were a psychotherapist. I was just telling my friend Olga who’s a psychiatrist that I had a relative who was diagnosed as a schizophrenic but he was not scary at all. He was actually quite friendly, fun, and a talented artist. But I’m sure there are schizophrenics that are dangerous, aren’t there? Maybe they have more than one issue? Like a schizophrenic with a psychopathic personality?


  4. srvr4life July 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Silent roams the moonlit night
    Loud is his mode of fright and delight
    Any way to say goodnight

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Frank July 11, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    voices in the walls…
    ghosts and angels fill my head
    with conspiracies

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

      Love it! Did you see the movie? Black Swan.


      • Frank July 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

        No, I haven’t. I know someone who suffers from schizophrenia, though.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 11, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

        I do too. Well, I did, since he’s gone now. He wasn’t like the character portrayed by Natalie Portman though. He was actually quite nice. I enjoyed spending time with him. He was a talented artist and a lot of fun to be around. 🙂


  6. the secret keeper July 13, 2015 at 12:06 am #

    Your Haiku spoke to me. Yes, I have known a schizophrenic, too close. I love “The Black Swan.” Natalie Portman is one of my top favorite actress. Aside from writing poetry & fiction, I am a film reviewer. Recently, I have been trying to decide if I want to write a review for the online publication I work with. It is a film that disturbs me but draws me in. Psychology is a subject I have followed since I was a teenager. I am Bipolar & the DSM5 have many diagnoses I am familiar with. I hate stigmas. I reject them & feel those who denigrate anyone for having something happening differently in their brain, are ill-educated or just do not think at all. Plus, the news berates those with a mind that is original.

    I think you should write about your experiences. It helps expressing what has happened to you and what is happening in your life. Understanding comes with opening up inside. Writing can be cathartic. I make my way through using words on the page. You have the talent. I hope you do write about your experience(s). jk ❤


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      I’m so glad my haiku spoke to you. Natalie Portman is a great actress and one of my favorites too. (Ignorance + Fear = Stigmas) Illnesses of the mind are not well understood by most people and when people don’t understand something they tend to fear it.
      The only experience I have with schizophrenia is my relationship with a relative who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He was an amazing man. He was a talented artist and a lot of fun to be around. I remember him fondly.
      I’m glad you find peace in writing. I do too. 😀 xx

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      • the secret keeper July 13, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

        I wonder if those not in the know feel people with an illness of the mind is somehow a Monster in their minds. We aren’t, as a rule, dangerous, esp. to others. To ourselves, that may have different rules.

        My brother is. He was diagnosed when a teenager. Added to schizophrenia is bipolar. We were close once until his illness turned me into his Judas. Went very badly after that.

        Writing, reading, films, & TV are my escapes. I plan on extending my film making into the out of doors. An adventure I hope will be good for my overall health.

        Yeah! to Natalie Portman. I do believe I have seen everyone of her great films. Such a fan of V for Vendetta & from her first “Professionals” on up I have been amazed by her acting abilities. She is amazing.

        Have you checked the two new Haiku words yet? I am almost about ready to take a look see. I wonder what Ronovan has placed in the path of the Muse.

        Have a Great day! jk 🙂 xox

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

        Only ignorant people think like that. Most people know there are different degrees to mental illness and there are also medications that keep symptoms at bay.
        I’m sorry about what happened between you and your brother. I hope you guys can work it out.
        Nature and outdoor activities are very soothing to the mind and body. Go for it!
        I haven’t checked out the new prompt words yet but I will soon. I usually post my haiku on Fridays.
        You have a great day too. 😀 xx

        Liked by 1 person

      • the secret keeper July 14, 2015 at 12:41 am #

        Just finished setting up Haiku post & scheduled it to post in the AM on Tuesday the 14th July. We had a kittie named Eliot, she was born on Bastille Day. She lived to be 21yrs.

        Wait til you see the words. No Spoilers. Let you discover them yourself.

        No hope with that side of the family. I do have a brother I write to regularly. He has a daughter with two grandsons. I love my niece and great nephews. They are quite young. One not talking yet.

        That is enough blood family for me.

        As for the people who do not understand, I will always tell the truth about who I am. No bully will rule my openness, no matter what I am being honest about, it is important not to hide. I did enough of that as a kid.

        I think I started a new ritual. On Sunday, I go to everyone’s blogs and read what they have written. I like if I like & make a comment if I have it in me & feel it.

        It felt good to do that this past Sunday.

        Well, I’ve got a few more things to do before sleep. Hope you have a Great night and a Great Tuesday. jk xox 🙂


  7. marjma2014 July 13, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Thoughtful haiku. Havent met anyone with Schizophrenia, must be such a frightenning illness to suffer from. I havent seen Black Swan but would like to.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

      Hello! Natalie plays a character with an extreme case of the illness, I believe. I had a relative with the disease and I didn’t even know he suffered from schizophrenia until after his death. He was an intelligent, fun, out-going, and talented man. I loved him very much. I guess there’s a stigma with any disease, especially diseases of the mind which are so poorly understood. If you enjoy psychological thriller/horror I recommend you see the movie. 🙂

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      • marjma2014 July 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

        Yes, diseases of the mind are so poorly understood. I must see the movie at some point. Sorry to hear about your much loved relative passing away. Sadly often it is only after someone dies that we find out these hidden and more painful aspects about their life, but sounds like he had many wonderful qualities Vashti.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2015 at 2:56 pm #

        He passed away years ago but thank you for the sentiment. He was a great man despite his illness. His immediate family chose to hide the fact that he had schizophrenia from the rest of the family which I think is sad, because it was like hiding part of who he was. Nevertheless, the family loved him and enjoyed his presence. I have one of his paintings on my wall. He was a very talented artist.
        Yes! See the movie and let me know how you liked it. 😉 xx

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      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica July 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

        Artistic people are more prone to mental illness, it’s sad but often true. Yes, it’s such a shame that his family hid his illness. Mental illness still seems to have such a stigma attached. More needs to be done to change this, methinks….


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

        I believe you’re right on all counts. Smart lady. 🙂


  8. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin July 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    I truly loved this one. Powerful Vashti. I have seen Black Swan, an amazing film so well directed and performed. Schizophrenia is s debilitating disease for the victim and the people around them. Thankfully nowadays it can in most instances be controlled with medication.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

      Hello Yolanda! I’m glad you liked the haiku. Yes, nowadays there are great medication to treat schizophrenics and most can live a normal life. I saw on Twitter that you wrote a short story on your blog. I saved it and will read it soon. I can’t wait actually. I’m very intrigued. 😉


      • Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin July 15, 2015 at 7:31 am #

        It’s a old one. I am pretty sure you have read it Vashti … Finding it difficult to write lately. The new job is very busy and I am exhausted 😊


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

        Oh! Getting adjusted to a new job and/or new schedule is difficult. Don’t forget to take breakations once in a while. Those really help. All the best! 😀 xx


  9. Julie July 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this Haiku at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J link up.


  10. JESS44903 July 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

    So powerful! 🙂 Love your work!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. mrsaok05 July 17, 2015 at 8:10 am #

    Shockingly, I have not watched the Black Swan. I usually wait for more “grown up” movies to come out on Redbox or Netflix, but then I forget about them 😦 So, thank you for the reminder!
    You’re such a haiku master, I need to brush up on my haiku skills.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Haiku master? Oh, I wish. You’re so sweet! I just really enjoy writing them and reading what others come up with. There’s no better way to brush up on your haiku skills than to just start writing. Join the prompt challenge! I’m sure you’ll do great. ❤ xx


  12. createwithjoy July 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Great poem Vashti – never saw The Black Swan but I think you accurately capture the essence of several mental disorders in just a few well-placed words!


  13. Katherines Corner July 18, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your poem and a very difficult subject at the Thursday Favorite things blog hop xo


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega July 20, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      You’re very welcome, Katherine. I always enjoy linking up on the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop, it’s so much fun! Have a great day! 😀


  14. ratnibbles July 19, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

    I liked Black swan and her performance, chanceless.. Your Haiku – Nice and intense!



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