Haiku Friday – Change & Mind

19 Aug

Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Change and Mind 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.

Maya Angelou is a poet that I greatly admire. She wasn’t perfect. Her life wasn’t perfect, but she was a strong woman and she rose from impossible circumstances to become an epic role model to all women. Her words are empowering, beautiful, and touching.

“I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

~Maya Angelou.

In All Ways A Woman – A Poem by Maya Angelou (Poem Hunter)

In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to resent being considered a sister to a changeling as fickle as luck, as aloof as an ocean, and as frivolous as nature. The phrase ‘A woman always has the right to change her mind’ played so aptly into the negative image of the female that I made myself a victim to an unwavering decision. Even if I made an inane and stupid choice, I stuck by it rather than ‘be like a woman and change my mind.’

Being a woman is hard work. Not without joy and even ecstasy, but still relentless, unending work. Becoming an old female may require only being born with certain genitalia, inheriting long-living genes and the fortune not to be run over by an out-of-control truck, but to become and remain a woman command the existence and employment of genius. Read on . . . 

My poem today was inspired by her . . . 

Patricia Velazquez-haiku-Friday-The Writer Next Door-Poetry

Amazing women

Live with many thoughts

Like the play of moons and suns

Will certainly change the tides

A woman will change her mind

Doutzen-Kroes-Haiku-Friday-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q-Poetry

Have a great day!

32 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Change & Mind”

  1. Al Lane August 19, 2016 at 4:34 pm #

    Great poem, Vashti. I agree! 🙂

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  2. Janice August 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Yes we will, may and can change our minds. I enjoyed reading the words of Maya Angelou and your powerful response.

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben August 19, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    Makes the honor of being a woman, even more humbling… Much love and many thanks, woman!! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Michelle Stanley August 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm #

    The poem is lovely,Vashti! I like the interpretation and agree so much with it. I have finally joined you in the challenge, but not sure if my haiku meets the requirements. Have a look and let me know @ writer-way.blogspot.com

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Michelle! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. I’m also happy you finally decided to join us. You’re such a talented poet I’m sure you did great. I’ll go check it out though. 🙂

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  5. Olga August 20, 2016 at 6:59 pm #

    Love Maya’s voice of encouragement for women to be women and not succumb to (male) society’s negative influence. Strong, women voices will certainly change the tides. Wonderful poem, Vashti. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  6. jendavismiller August 21, 2016 at 2:15 am #

    Love your poem inspired by Angelou’s wonderful piece; we should all strive to be warriors armed with wit and courage.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Denis1950 August 21, 2016 at 3:14 am #

    Two beautiful poems Vashti with the same powerful message, many, many more women for politics I say.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 22, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      Hello Denis. Thank you. Ha, ha! I have to agree that the right woman in office would make miracles happen. 😉

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  8. thelonelyauthorblog August 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

    Good post. Have a wonderfful Sunday.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. sharmishtha basu August 22, 2016 at 3:20 am #

    loved it! have a great week!
    love.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Mrs. AOK August 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    Many, many, many thoughts. Sometimes this woman has too many juggling in my head.
    XOXO

    Liked by 1 person

  11. GiGi Eats Celebrities August 23, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    Maya read my mind – because I could not be MORE GRATEFUL!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. JESS44903 August 23, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    This may be one of your best! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega August 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

      Aw, thank you Jess! It’s great that the post touched you. I’ll pass by your FB page. Thanks again! ❤ xx

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  13. dgkaye August 24, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    Great poem Vashti. It’s definitely a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jaye22 August 29, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    Hi Vashti, Maya Angelou certainly had a way with words, your poem so true Vashti it is our prerogative as woman to change our minds, thank you Vashti X X X

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