Haiku Friday – Start & Hot

18 Sep

Hello everyone! Happy Haiku Friday! This week’s prompt words are Start and Hot. The words were provided by Ron of RonovanWrites. Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate and he even teaches you what haiku poetry is and how to write it if you don’t already know.


Night Terrors

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I awoke with a start

The heat still enveloped me

Nightmare of flames

night-terrors-The Writer Next Door

15 Famous Books Inspired by Dreams

“Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.”
~ Stephen King

44 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Start & Hot”

  1. Ronovan September 18, 2015 at 11:19 am #

    Hmm, the image and the Haiku until the last line could lead elsewhere. Perhaps “Flamed filled fantasies”?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Frank September 18, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    I am sambuca
    skin afire with bitter lust
    your kisses ignite

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Greg September 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Vividly realistic IMHO!


  4. Silver Threading September 18, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Nice imagery, Vashti… “nightmare of flames!” 😀 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. olganm September 18, 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    Great haiku and love the quote too. Happy weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. stacilys September 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    I have a feeling you’ve been focused recently on nightmares, yes? Haha. I hope you’re not having any. The Haiku and photos fit so well together.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Staci! Ha, ha! That’s been the theme this week. 😉 I do have nightmares––all the time. And very bizarre dreams too. I try to write down the gist of them as soon as I awaken even if its in the middle of the night sometimes. They inspire unusual and interesting stories. At least I think so. 😀 xx Have a great weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

      • stacilys September 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

        Oh really? That’s not fun. You get lots of nightmares? Why do you think that is? Does it really bother you? I’m a huge wusey, so I would be super scared.
        You also have an amazing weekend Vashti.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

        I do have nightmares from time to time. I wouldn’t say I have too many nightmares but I do seem to have more than the people I know. Honestly, most of the nightmares don’t bother me. The ones that freak me out are the ones that involve bad things happening to loved ones and those are few and far between. I usually get weird, eerie, and quirky nightmares and I’m okay with those. I think the reason I get so many vivid nightmares and dreams is because my mind is always on. I’m always trying to think of something new and different to write about and I think too much before falling asleep.

        Liked by 1 person

      • stacilys September 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

        Hahahaha. I also think too much before falling asleep. I wish I was one of those people that was able to sleep earlier and wake up early, but I just can’t. Good thing I don’t have to be anywhere first thing in the morning 🙂


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm #

        I’m a night person too, but I do try to go to bed at a reasonable time because I have to get up early. I’ve heard that if you do something 20 times in a row it becomes a habit. So if you’d really like to get up earlier. Set your alarm clock to an earlier time and get up when it rings. Do it for 20 days in a row and eventually your body will get used to it and you’ll get sleepy earlier and wake up earlier. 😉


  7. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin September 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Funny I can’t remember ever having had a bad nightmare … I very rarely remember dreaming even though I am sure I so … Good work once again Vashti x

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 18, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Wow, really? I thought everyone had nightmares. I guess I was wrong. Thank you! I hope you’re having a great weekend. 😚💕


  8. Tiny September 18, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Great haiku!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. nagrij September 19, 2015 at 3:16 am #

    Nice one. Too bad I can’t write a haiku to save my life, or I’d join you.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

      Hi! Thank you! I couldn’t write haiku either, until I tried. I was horrible at first but I’m improving. 😉


  10. Wild Daffodil September 19, 2015 at 3:18 am #

    Dramatic use of the prompts – so good!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. MJ Brodeck September 19, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    Vashti, great haiku with terrific visuals. 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. the secret keeper September 19, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Very imaginative Haiku. I related to your words and wake often to the heat of nightmares. It gives me a feeling of melting. Great imagery.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. aranislandgirl September 20, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Nice Haiku, I really like the images–you always do a great job pairing them up 🙂 Stephen’s quote is great also; so easy to overthink. Sometimes things just is!

    I don’t have nightmares, but do have really vivid dreams. Always intend to write them down but it’s a big commitment as it would mean waking up and I usually choose to just drift back to sleep.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 22, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you! Wow, you’re the second person who says you don’t have nightmares. I thought everyone did. Yes, it can be a hassle to get up to write it. Lately, I’ve been recording what I remember with my iPhone that’s next to me on the night table. 😉


  14. ratnibbles September 21, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    wonderful haiku. you just reminded me to think of my nightmares. good one, Vashti 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Meera! Nightmares and dreams in general are good creative resources. I’m glad I made you think about them. 😀


  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica September 21, 2015 at 11:35 am #

    Hope I don’t get any haiku nightmares tonight Vashti! Particularly like the last line, nightmare of flames…


  16. Julie September 22, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    Hi there Vashti,
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you and hope you have a nice week.
    Julie xo

    Liked by 1 person

  17. JESS44903 September 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Wow…so detailed! So great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Katherines Corner September 26, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop my friend xo

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Sunni Morris September 26, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Hmmm..you are very good at these. And I rarely have nightmares either, not unless my mind has been in overdrive about something and I can’t turn it off. I always get up and write things down. It’s worth it to me.

    And I don’t know about the advice of doing things 20 times to change a habit (such as setting the alarm clock to get up earlier). It doesn’t work for me. I’m a night owl and won’t get sleepy at night even if I’ve only had a couple hours of sleep the last few nights. The later the day gets the more I wake up. Mornings are hell, but I have to get up early somedays since I work PT now. I’m open to other suggestions.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 28, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

      Thank you very much, Sunni. I think that’s the problem with me––I can’t turn it off. I’m a night owl too. When I get up early a few mornings in a row, I tend to go to bed earlier and get a more restful sleep.



  1. RonovanWrites #Haiku #Poetry Challenge Review 62 | ronovanwrites - September 20, 2015

    […] Quiroz-Vega (Author):  Night Terrors | The Writer Next Door. One word and this would have a totally different meaning. Check out Vashti on Amazon at the Author […]


If you comment you'll put a big smile on my face.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s