Haiku Friday – Beautiful & Curse

21 Apr

Happy National Tea Day, National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day, and National Big Word Day!

 

This goes to show that there’s always something to celebrate. 😉 Since we’re celebrating these wonderful events (?) I will contribute a little something to each one. First, for National Tea Day I’m going to recommend you try my morning ritual tea:

  • Green Tea
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 packets Stevia

This combo tastes delicious and it revs you and your metabolism in the morning and helps you off to a great start.

For National Chocolate Covered Cashews day I’m going to let you in on something . . . cashews are not nuts. They are actually fruits. 😮 Mind blown!

Now for National Big Word Day I’m going to give you one of my favorite, and I think one of the most beautiful words in the English language, wait for it.

Mellifluous:

Okay it’s not that big (that’s why I made the letters bigger––shhh) It is a beautiful word though and it means: A sound that is sweet and smooth, pleasing to hear.

So go on and celebrate the day by having a nice cup of tea, handful of chocolate covered cashews, and tell someone their voice is mellifluous. They’ll love you, once you tell them what it means.

 

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Illustration by Selene Regener

Beauty has a soul

Beyond the perfect features

Lies curse of intellect

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Illustration by Selene Regener | Selenada DeviantART

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Illustration by Selene Regener

Beautiful and Curse 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.

Enjoy your day!

42 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Beautiful & Curse”

  1. dmauldin53 April 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Reblogged this on D.B. Mauldin and commented:
    Haiku

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  2. Frank April 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    The word ‘mellifluous’ always reminds me of Twelfth Night, where Sir Andrew says, “A mellifluous voice, as I am true knight.”

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  3. olganm April 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    I love mellifluous and love the haiku too. Considering how much I like cashews I should have known. A friend of mine, from Tanzania, used to bring them from home when he went on holiday. I should have asked more! Have a great weekend.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      I love cashews too and I only found out recently myself. It can get confusing though; peppers are fruit, banana is a berry . . . 😮 ha, ha! Thank you! You have a great weekend too!

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  4. stacilys April 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

    Heyyyyyy Vashti, how are you?
    Great post today, my friend. I love that word. Am thinking of using it in a post one of these days.
    We have cashew fruit in Brazil. I do not like the taste of the fruit in juice though. Much prefer the ‘nut’, which is actually the part in the middle of the top of the cashew, kind of like the little stick thing on apples.
    I will most definitely have to try that tea recipe. Sounds yummy.
    Great Haiku, and the images are stunning, especially the black girl. She’s beautiful.
    Have a great weekend Vashti.
    🙂 ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

      Hiiiiii Staci! I’m doing well. Thank you. And thanks for the info too. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I’ve featured this artist before (Selene Regener), she’s amazing. I would love for you to use this word in one of your post. I’m sure it would be beautiful. Have a great weekend too! ❤

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      • stacilys April 24, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

        You’re more than welcome Vashti. Actually, I went right to it and placed the word into a poem I’ve been working on. I also used its antonym. Hopefully will post it this week.
        Have a wonderful week Vashti.
        🙂 ❤

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 25, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

        I’m excited! I’ll be over to your blog soon. ❤ xx

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      • stacilys April 28, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

        🙂 ❤
        Have a great weekend. I'll be reading your Friday Haiku soon.
        🙂 ❤

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

        Thank you! You have a great weekend too! ❤ xx

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  5. Joy Lenton April 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm #

    Aah… Vashti, how mellifluous this post is! Such sweet, smooth and soothing haiku words, melting like chocolate on the tongue. Great images as well. You are using a favourite word of mine. Mellifluous sounds as appealing as it is. And I also happen to love green tea and apple cider vinegar together, but my sweetness derives from a dash of manuka honey instead of stevia. Cover those cashews in dark (at least 70%) chocolate and I’ll be your friend for life! Happy sipping, munching, writing my friend. Blessings and love to you. xo ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

      Ha, ha. Thank you so much, my friend. You make me smile. I do love Manuka honey and do use it in place of stevia when I can get it and dark chocolate is definitely the way to go. ❤ xx

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  6. Annette Rochelle Aben April 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    LOVE it all! The haiku, the word (aren’t words cool?), the morning ritual (love me some apple cider vinegar & stevia) AND that cashews are not nuts… Neither are peanuts, eh? 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

      Words are so cool. Well, I didn’t know about peanuts. Those little deceiving peas, nuts is actually part of its name! Ha, ha. Thanks for the new info. BTW you’re cool too. 😉 xx

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  7. Janice April 21, 2017 at 5:45 pm #

    Your post is beautiful to eyes, ears and mind Vashti…I thought twice about mentioning this but you may want to research stevia…often thought of as healthy I believe there is some evidence of effects that you may want to avoid…and then that’s true about coffee which I’m not giving up 🙂

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

      Hello Janice! You don’t have to think twice about saying anything on this blog, really. I’ve read that Splenda is terrible but haven’t read anything on Stevia. A nutritionist recommended it to me, so I trusted that it was good. Of course, I can have no more than 3 packets a day. I was telling Joy that I do prefer using Manuka honey whenever I can get it. I’ll look into Stevia a little more. I think coffee can be okay in moderation if you’re a healthy person. Here in Florida people definitely abuse coffee. Thank you for stopping by and bringing this to my attention. 😀 xx

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      • Janice April 23, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

        You’re welcome Vashti and thanks for your thoughtful response. We are so inundated with health information which is hard to assess and unsolicited advice that I hesitated…I love good quality honey too…🌷

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      • Janice April 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

        Hi Vashti…this is a second reply. I couldn’t resist looking stevia up for my own curiosity and I think my impression is based on information that came out almost 10 years ago when it was newer in North America…there were some negative research results but it seems information has become less negative in recent years…this Prevention article summed it up for me: http://www.prevention.com/eatclean/natural-sweetener-explainer

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 25, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

        Thank you, Janice! I appreciate you. ❤

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  8. Gayl April 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    I did not know about National Tea Day or the others. Tea is a favorite drink around our home. We have a cup every afternoon. When my kids were young and even when they became adults we used that time to read aloud a book together. I’ll have to try your recipe but I think I’ll use honey instead of stevia. 🙂

    Great haiku, too! Not sure if I’ll get one written in time this week, but I may work on it tonight. Have a great weekend! Blessing to you!

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

      Hello Gayl! I agree, Manuka honey would be better, like Joy also mentioned and I do try to use it in place of Stevia when I can get it.
      What a lovely tradition, to have afternoon tea with the family and a book. I love it! My father and I love books and reading. Whenever I found a book that I thought we would both love I would buy him the same book and we would meet up several times a week to discuss what we’ve read. We had our own little book club. Sometimes my mom, brother and his wife would join us like when we read the books, The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown. We had so much fun reading these books and discussing what we read together.
      Thank you! You have a wonderful Sunday and coming week. ❤ xx

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  9. Sunni Morris April 22, 2017 at 12:00 am #

    Vashti,

    I’ll have to try your tea recipe. Interesting post. I love cashews too and didn’t know they were fruits. And mellifluous sounds like a sweet, smooth word.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Sunni! Thank you. If you like the taste of honey you can try it with Manuka honey. It’s really good for you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. 🙂 xx

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  10. mukhamani April 22, 2017 at 1:27 am #

    Cashews are grown widely in my part of our country. The fruit is tasty for those who like the taste 🙂 We also it them with a little salt.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

      Hello! You’re so lucky. Cashews are delicious. I love homemade honey roasted cashews but also love them with a little salt as well. I’ve never seen an actual cashew tree. Very interesting. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. 😀

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  11. Al Lane April 22, 2017 at 4:57 am #

    Mellifluous as ever, o cursed one! ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

      Oh Al (blush), I wasn’t referring to myself. Thank you for thinking of me that way though. You’re the best and I miss your poetry. I especially love your limericks, but no pressure. Whenever you’re ready. ❤ xx

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  12. doreen@foxdenrd April 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    You had me at cashews, and then you had to add chocolate into the mix? Double whammy my friend 🙂

    xxx

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  13. dgkaye April 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow, Vashti, I loved this. Beautiful haiku, beautiful word, mellifluous and I’d never thought of adding cider vinegar to green tea, brilliant! ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Hello Debby! Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the post. Think of me when you try the green tea with apple cider vinegar and if you like the taste of honey, substitute the stevia for Manuka honey. You’ll love it. ❤ xx

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      • dgkaye April 24, 2017 at 10:10 am #

        Thanks Vashti, I will. And I like both Stevia and honey. 🙂 ❤

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  14. Denis1950 April 23, 2017 at 4:26 am #

    I will recite your beautiful haiku as I drink my next cup of green tea Vashti but only straight (thats the Japanese way). As for Mellifluous, are you sure that is not something nasty one catches after repeating false news?

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega April 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

      Yay! That sounds lovely, Denis. As far as Mellifluous, NO 😮 it’s definitely not that! Ha, ha!

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  15. mihrank April 23, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    amazing mixed of reflection, each line bring a good meaning and fun!

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  16. jaye22 April 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Vashti
    This is beautiful, love that word “Mellifluous” I think I will start using it 😊 Your graphics are very striking, strong and powerful, a beautiful share x x x

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