Haiku Friday – Excite & Karma

18 May

Hello everyone! Happy National Endangered Species Day!

If you know me or have been following ‘The Writer Next Door’ blog for a while, then you know that I love animals. I’m sure most people are fond of animals and have had one or more pets at some point in their lives. But whether or not you have a pet makes no difference really. A life is a life and should be respected. At least that’s my opinion and everyone’s entitled to one.

Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so.

Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries and schools.

Why don’t you check to see what National Endangered Species Day events/activities are scheduled in your area this weekend?

Animals currently on the endangered species list:

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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mother and calf, Sambru National Reserve, Kenya

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An Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, Kansas.

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Dolphins – I’ve seen many dolphins here in Florida and they are just as playful and sweet as you’ve seen them on TV.

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Giant Panda | San Diego Zoo

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Indochinese Tiger

There are many more animals on the endangered list. I can’t show them all. 😦 Wouldn’t it be sad if your children or grandchildren grew up without ever seeing these beautiful animals? It breaks my heart to think that many of these animals may be extinct by the time my nieces and nephews have children.


An amazing field

Full not of wild animals

but earth stained in blood

The price of karma is high

For silent roars and dust-wings

Where did love and compassion go?

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Bald EagleI had the privilege of seeing a couple of Bald Eagles in Alaska. They are awe-inspiring birds.


Excite and Karma 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.

33 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Excite & Karma”

  1. olganm May 19, 2017 at 3:37 am #

    Thanks for the reminder, Vashti. Sobering and true poem. Very sad indeed.

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    • Vashti Q May 19, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      You’re welcome, Olga. It’s my pleasure. Thank you. ❤


  2. Frank May 19, 2017 at 5:40 am #

    Lovely haiku & post.

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben May 19, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    A most sobering haiku. Great use of your voice and the prompts! ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

      Thank you Annette. It’s a topic I feel very strongly about. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  4. tpolen May 19, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    As an animal lover, these pics sure put a smile on my face!

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    • Vashti Q May 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      Hello! Yes, they are bittersweet for me. The pictures are beautiful and moving but they also remind me that these animals could be extinct in a few years if nothing is done. Thank you! ❤

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  5. magarisa May 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    I agree with the other commenters – a sobering reminder for indeed.

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    • Vashti Q May 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

      Hi Magarisa! I knew you were an animal lover because of the beautiful cat in your profile picture. I’m glad you think so. Thank you. ❤

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  6. jazzytower May 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Very informative. A nice haiku too.

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  7. dgkaye May 21, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Sad, but always lovely Vashti. ❤ 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

      Hello Debby! Yes, it is sad but people have to be informed about what’s going on, otherwise nothing changes. Thank you, my friend. ❤ xx

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  8. Denis1950 May 22, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    Such an important issue you write about Vashti and a very inspiring haiku to confront the reality of human destruction of the natural world. Sadly Australia has a shocking track record in extinction of indigenous fauna. I belong to local and national groups and work to protect, protest and educate. Our stupid politicians are so ignorant in the face of power and greed. Our fauna can teach us everything about survival.

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    • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      Hello Denis! It seems that all politicians around the world are alike––a bunch of stupid, greedy ašš√ø¬∂s! Good for you for taking a stand and doing your part! That’s admirable and I wish more people would do that. Thank you! ❤

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      • Denis1950 May 23, 2017 at 12:17 am #

        Thanks Vashtii. You keep the fight up in Florida, I think your battle is tougher!

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  9. jaye22 May 22, 2017 at 4:28 am #

    Hi Vashti, thank you as always for raising awareness, such an important yet a sad thought that there is the possibility that future generations may not share the beauty of these wonderful animals. A thoughtful and insightful post, thank you x x x

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    • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi Jaye! Yes, it breaks my heart. Sometimes I wonder if others don’t see what we see in these animals? It’s heartbreaking. Thank you for the kind words. You’re a sweetheart. ❤ xx


  10. Olga May 22, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Vashti. I share your concern for the planet’s children. Powerful haiku…”for silent roars and dust-wings”. I recently heard about what researchers found on Henderson Is. in the South Pacific. Shocking! You might be interested. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/plastic-pollution-island-worst-in-world-henderson-south-pacific-university-tasmania-jennifer-lavers-a7737806.html

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    • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

      Hi Olga! I’m happy that we think alike on this. Thank you. Oh, oh––I’m almost afraid to look, but I will. We must be aware of what’s happening around us. Thanks again, my friend. ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      Wow! 😮 I just read the article. I think maybe plastic should be band in that island at least for a while. 😦

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      • Olga May 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

        I heard an interview with one of the researchers and they actually categorized some of the debris found on this uninhabited island, based on markings related to countries of origin. It seems to be coming from worldwide locations, even Japan.

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      • Vashti Q May 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

        So it’s basically the world’s dump. Wow, sad. We have to try to use less plastic and what we do use should be recycled. Otherwise, we’re going to have more islands like this. 😦

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    • Denis1950 May 23, 2017 at 12:19 am #

      I saw airport on that this week too Olga, it was frightening.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Inspiredme May 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Awsm post

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