Haiku Friday – Lark & Rush

7 Oct

Happy Haiku Friday everyone!


It’s a happy day indeed. I don’t know how many of you are aware of the ominous threat to Florida the last couple of days. A monstrous category 4 storm, ‘Hurricane Mathew‘ threatened to pummel the south eastern coast of the US and at one point CNN and The Weather Channel put it’s projection right over the town where I live. Needless to say, yesterday was a scary day for me and my family.

We prepared as best we could but if a storm this large and powerful barrels over your area it’s catastrophic no matter what you do. Mathew was headed straight for us and then later yesterday evening it increased in speed and moved toward the west changing it’s trajectory further north and we ended up getting some wind and lots of rain but nothing severe. We’ve had more flooding and down trees with regular lightning storms. Dade and Broward counties definitely ‘dodged the bullet’.

My prayers go out to those counties and states north of us that are still in the path of Mathew.

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Lark and Rush 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.

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Mathew huffed and puffed

Saying, ‘I am not a lark!’

He rushed to the West

And although he did his best

He couldn’t blow my house in. 😉

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Stay safe my friends!

47 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Lark & Rush”

  1. olganm October 7, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m happy to hear you’re safe, Vashti. Hoping everybody else is too.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

      We got lucky this time, Olga. I hope for the best for those dealing with Mathew now. Thank you!


  2. Annette Rochelle Aben October 7, 2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Clever use of the prompts and grateful that you are safe! I believe I shall hear, soon, from other friends and my family members. ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Thank you Annette! I feel sad for the people of Haiti and the Bahamas they got it bad. And I’m praying for those in Mathew’s way now. I can’t wait for hurricane season to be over. ❤ xx

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  3. Al Lane October 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    Glad you’re safe, Vashti. Thoughts are with those still in its path x

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

      Thank you Al. My thoughts are with them too and for those people in Haiti, Bahamas, and Cuba who were pummeled by Mathew already. 🙂 xx

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  4. John W. Howell October 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Glad you are safe.

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  5. stacilys October 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Ohhhh, that’s great Vashti. Glad to read that you are well, and that Matthew didn’t do the damage that I’m sure you thought it would do.
    Have a great weekend.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi Staci! I’m really happy it could have gone so terribly. Thank you! Have a great weekend too. 😀 xx

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  6. Frank October 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

    Sounds terrifying – glad you’re safe!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm #

      Thank you Frank! Originally the News was saying that the hurricane’s eye was going to pass very close to my area but at the last minute it shifted, so that was a close call.

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  7. Tiny October 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

    I am happy you dodged this monster storm! We only have a bit of wind here on the west coast, but my son’s family evacuated from Jacksonville yesterday…they are on an unplanned vacation in Mobile Alabama for three days. We are hoping for no severe damage to their home as the storm seems to stay just off shore.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

      Hurricane Mathew is truly a monster storm. I’ve been praying for all those in its path. It was a smart idea to leave. I hope they have the same good luck we did. Thank you! 😀

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      • Tiny October 8, 2016 at 9:57 am #

        I hope so too…they will find out tomorrow when they return home. I am very happy you & yours are okay.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 12, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

        Thank you. How did your son’s family do in the hurricane? Is everything okay with them and their home?

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      • Tiny October 12, 2016 at 5:07 pm #

        They found their home okay when they returned on Sunday. Very lucky as many huge trees had fallen on both sides of the house. We are so thankful.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 12, 2016 at 5:16 pm #

        That’s great news! I’m so happy for them. Thank God. 🙂

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  8. coldhandboyack October 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    Glad to hear you are safe. I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in an area where these storms frequent.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you. I’ve been through a couple of bad ones. I didn’t want to go through another and this one was a really bad one––scarier than most. Florida has not seen a hurricane in 11 years but it feels like it was just the other day that Hurricane Wilma hit.

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  9. Denis1950 October 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm #

    A very momentous poem for your weather moment Vashti. I guess its almost there as I send this message now, keep safe.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 10:23 pm #

      Thank you Denis. The hurricane moved further north and is hugging the coast of Florida. This is a bad one but we (Broward County) dodged the bullet. 😉


  10. aranislandgirl October 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    How appropriate your poem is and no surprise as Matthew is probably foremost in your thoughts.

    It was frightening watching the news, realizing that 800 deaths is the entire population of my island. What a blessing that you are safe and, please God, it will stay that way.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

      Thank you Melissa. It was a scary experience but we were very lucky in my area. I do feel blessed that my family and home are safe. I feel bad for those that weren’t so lucky.


  11. jaye22 October 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Hi Vashti, so happy to know you are safe, I have friends in Cape Coral & trying to get hold of them, I feel so sad for the lost lives and devastation, very apt words take care x X X

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 10, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank you Jaye. Yes, my family and I were very lucky because it was headed right toward our area originally and then shifted. Thank God. I hope your friends are okay. 🙂 xx

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      • jaye22 October 11, 2016 at 7:11 pm #

        Phew!! Vashti must of been so frightening, my friends are good thanks and were not affected, sigh of relief but it breaks my heart re all the damage and devastation and loss of life especially in Haiti 🇭🇹, special hugs to you Vashti X X X

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  12. Sunni Morris October 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m happy you’re safe. I’ve been watching the storm progress on TV. When I lived in S TX as a kid I remember preparing for the hurricanes. We only had to evacuate the house once. Good way to use your Haiku this week.

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  13. Hugh's Views and News October 9, 2016 at 4:15 am #

    Glad to hear you and the family are all safe, Vashti. Such a terrible storm given how many lives have been lost.
    Stay safe.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

      Awe, thank you Hugh. Hurricane Mathew did a lot of damage in Cuba, Haiti, Bahamas and north of us. We were spared the worse. I’m so grateful for that. 🙂 xx

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  14. jazzytower October 9, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Glad to hear you’re ok. I was in South Florida when Andrew hit. It was surreal, it blew the roof off the house. So I know what you mean…

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      Oh my, that was a horrible experience. I could imagine the sounds you must have heard while it was happening––terrifying. That’s what I remember about hurricane Andrew, the horrific sounds.


  15. Janice October 11, 2016 at 9:28 am #

    I am glad the storm missed you! I can’t imagine what it would feel like to batten down and wait for something so destructive. The worst we’ve had is faint tornado warnings and I ‘ve thought about where I would hide but it’s never come to that.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 12, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

      Thank you Janice! I’m happy to hear you’ve never had to confront a tornado. At least with a hurricane we have ample warning and time to prepare and get to safety.

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  16. Lisa Isabella Russo October 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

    I’m glad that you are safe!

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  17. Marje @ Kyrosmagica October 13, 2016 at 3:09 am #

    Thank goodness you’re safe Vashti – that must have been so frightening. Many years ago experienced a small scale tornado whilst on holiday in Ibiza. It was miniscule in comparison to a large twister but still did some damage and was frightening. Though my hubby behaved like one of those storm chasers snapping photos of it. Perhaps it’s just as well that we don’t live in the US!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

      Thank you Marje. That’s so sweet. It was a frightening experience but it could have been worse. Tornados actually scare me more than hurricanes because there’s no warning. Natural disasters happen all over the world; tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides . . . 🙂

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  18. jacquelineobyikocha October 13, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    This makes me smile though I know hurricane’s can be so furious and frightening. Thankfully you are okay 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Mrs. AOK October 20, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    I’m so grateful that you and your family are safe. I appreciate that you turned this scary situation into poetry. 🙂

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