Haiku Friday – Pine & Grief

16 Oct

Hello everyone! Happy Haiku Friday!


This week’s prompt words are Pine and Grief. 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.


Artist John William Waterhouse

Ekho’s Passion

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Lady of the pines

Cursed to echo last words

Her woe knew no bounds

She was filled with woe

Nymph lover of Narcissus

Pined away to stone

Echo-haiku friday-The Writer Next Door

Echo, by Aksel Hansen (Rosenborg Castle Gardens)

52 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Pine & Grief”

  1. edwinasepisodes October 16, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

    Poor Echo, but I love the Haiku telling her sad story; what a gorgeous painting as well. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Judy! Thank you, I’m glad you liked the haiku. Yes, it is a sad story and it can also be true. Have you ever been in love with a narcissist? Hell on Earth.

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  2. H.M. Goodchild October 16, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    Indeed! Great minds, and all that. 🙂

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  3. cindy knoke October 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Oh so moving~

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  4. the secret keeper October 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm #

    OMG that is one of my favorite Waterhouse paintings. She couldn’t get his love b/c of course Narcissus was in love with his own reflection. So in love with himself. Don’t you just hate that. What brilliant stanzas of Haiku. I love the depth you went with these. Perfect image of Echo [Ekho] in sculpted form. A sad story Narcissus never realized he was being led astray after rejecting Echo. Seeing his reflection and falling in love. His end was self inflicted. I realize you know this by the great job you did researching this story. Your Haiku “reflects” your knowledge of the sadness of this story. Beautiful use of the words ‘Pine’ and “Grief.’ If any story deserves grief to be felt, this one does. Brilliantly done. jk

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm #

      I’ve always enjoyed mythology. This is definitely a sad story. She turns to stone and he starves himself––tragic. Thank you so much for your interest and kind words. You’re awesome! 😀 xx

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      • the secret keeper October 20, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

        Their ending is among mythologies sadder ones. The Gods really wreaked havoc on the lives they touched. Tricksters the whole lot of them. You are welcome. TY for the uplifting words. 😀 xox


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

        You’re an awesome person and blogger/writer so it’s quite easy to find nice things to say to you. It’s my pleasure. ❤

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      • the secret keeper October 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

        You make me very happy. It is one of the best parts of Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge to have met someone so uplifting as you are. It is my pleasure, also, to say positive things to you. I love the originality in your writing. It is always a surprise to see what your Haiku will express through your talents as a writer. Always a delight and quite perceptive and meaningful. 🙂 xox

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

        I feel the same way about you. Hugs&Kisses ❤ xx

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      • the secret keeper October 21, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

        ❤ xox 😀

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  5. J Lapis October 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Oh, what a fabulous take on the prompt!! Love the myth crafted in haiku–well done indeed.

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  6. Al The Author October 16, 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    Simply beautiful 🙂

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben October 16, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

    Enchanting. Calling to the heart in a most poignant way. Wonderful.

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  8. Sarah Brentyn October 16, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

    Great haiku. Also, LOVE that painting. Actually, just love Waterhouse in general. ❤

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  9. teagan geneviene October 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm #

    Wonderful combination of poetry and image. Great work, Vashti. Hugs.

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  10. olganm October 17, 2015 at 8:08 am #

    Sad story and beautiful poem and images. Have a great weekend, Vashti

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

      Hello Olga. Thank you very much, glad you liked it. Have a fantastic week! 😀 xx


  11. Wild Daffodil October 17, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Great haiku tugging away at the heart-strings – nothing quite matches that pain!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      You’re right about that. And I think the pain doubles if you fall in love with a narcissist.


  12. Janice October 18, 2015 at 12:33 am #

    That was a beautiful double haiku with illustrations!

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  13. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin October 18, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    Well done Vashti you rose to the challenge

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

      That’s great to know, Yolanda! Thank you. I hope you’re having a great week. 🙂 xx


  14. denis1950 October 19, 2015 at 6:06 am #

    Very old world imagery to match the imaginative haiku Vashti

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  15. tjparis October 19, 2015 at 7:11 am #

    I particularly like how you have embedded a very European myth in a very Japanese poetry form and made it work. So clever.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

      Hi TJ! Hmm. I didn’t think of it that way. You’re the clever one for making that association. 😉

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  16. Elizabeth October 19, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    Hi Vashi, love both, your mind travelled far to write them. Have a great week!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth! Thank you. So happy you enjoyed the haiku. Yes, my mind often wanders. Ha, ha! 😉 Have a fantastic week!

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  17. PrairieChat October 19, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    So thoughtfu, so thoughfull… so thoughtful

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  18. jaye22 October 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    Hi Vashti, your words & graphics go well together, you seem to have a great knack for that. X X X


  19. JESS44903 October 20, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    Wowwwww…how deep! Love your work each week!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


  20. emaginette October 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Words full of inspiration 🙂

    Anna from Elements of Writing


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

      Hi Anna! Sorry for the name mix-up. Thank you. I’m happy you found my haiku inspiring. 😀 I love the look of your blog and you have interesting content, so I am now following you.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. stacilys October 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Great Haiku’s Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person


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