Haiku Friday – Star & Bloom

16 Jun


“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

~Jim Valvano

I lost my father in January of this year and I wasn’t sure how I would feel come Father’s Day. There’s a heaviness in my heart because I miss him. I miss his voice, smile, laughing eyes, and hugs. I miss watching the Discovery, National Geographic, History and Sci-Fi channels with him and discussing what we saw afterward. I miss reading books with him and forming our own little book club to talk about what we’d read.

I remember the faces he made whenever my mom made him dance with her, and his stiff, soldierly way of dancing. He loved movies, like I did, and I remember his reaction when we saw Avatar together in 3D. He resembled a child in his excitement and amazement having never seen anything like that before.

I should never have written ‘lost’ because he’s not lost. He’s in a better place and one day we’ll see each other again and together we’ll marvel at things even more amazing.

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She reached for the stars

The depth of her father’s love

showed her how to thrive

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I Love You, Dad

by 365greetings.com

Your arms are my shelter

Assuring me that it will be better

Your hand is my comfort

Lifting me up when I fall short

Your voice makes me strong

Teaching me what’s right and wrong

Your smile says it all

Father, I love you more than all

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“Every good man is a father to someone.”



57 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Star & Bloom”

  1. magarisa at 3:18 pm #

    Such a moving tribute.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Al Lane at 3:21 pm #

    Oh Vashti, this made me well up. So beautiful. Biggest hugs xxx

    Liked by 2 people

  3. whippetwisdom at 3:34 pm #

    This is so beautiful Vashti and your father will be so proud of you, smiling at you from the stars ☺💖 xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. olganm at 3:37 pm #

    Very beautiful and it made me think of my father too. Thanks very much for sharing and I’m sure he’d be so proud. Thanks, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q at 4:07 pm #

      I’m happy you liked it and that you thought of your dad. It feels surreal that I won’t be seeing him on Sunday. Thank you.


  5. Lovely! Just lovely! I am all about my dad and my brother, who are great dads! ❤

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    • Vashti Q at 4:09 pm #

      Hello Annette, that’s wonderful. I have a brother too and he’s an incredible father as well––so hands on and loving. I wish your dad and brother a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. ❤ xx

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  6. Ritu at 3:42 pm #


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  7. Gayl at 4:04 pm #

    Vashti, I love this so much! It reminds me of my own father who has been gone 25 years. But like you said he isn’t lost, he’s in a better place and I will see him again!
    Many blessings to you and much love! xo

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  8. wiergeezy at 5:03 pm #

    Beautiful tribute!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Olga at 5:18 pm #

    Beautiful memories to embrace you this Father’s Day. ❤

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  10. Barbara at 1:53 am #

    Beautiful, I loved this tribute, very moving.

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    • Vashti Q at 10:43 am #

      Hello Barbara. Thank you, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend. 😀


  11. coldhandboyack at 10:27 am #

    Wonderful tribute to someone who must have done a great job fathering.

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    • Vashti Q at 10:45 am #

      Aw, thank you so much, Craig. That’s very sweet. I appreciate you. Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  12. watchingthedaisies at 11:40 am #

    A beautiful post. Fathers Day is tough for so many. Take care.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 8:39 pm #

      Hello Brigid. Thank you very much. I appreciate you stopping by. I will take care. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  13. alarakaris at 5:22 pm #

    This is beautiful

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  14. dgkaye at 5:26 pm #

    Aw Vashti, this was such beautiful tribute to your dad. Again, I’m sorry for your great loss, and I do know how it feels because I lost my dad 25 years ago and we too were close and it doesn’t matter how many years pass, it often feels like yesterday. I can tell you the sadness finds a way to meld into a special little compartment in our hearts where eventually the sting goes away and you can smile knowing you’ve reserved that special part in you just for him. ❤ Sending big hugs to you girlfriend! xo💝💚💜

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  15. tracikenworth at 6:29 pm #

    Love this, Vashti! I still miss my father and it’s been twenty years now.

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    • Vashti Q at 8:22 pm #

      Hi Traci. Like you, I don’t think I’ll ever stop missing my father. Wow, it’s hard losing a parent. I’m glad you liked the post. Thank you! ❤

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  16. robbiesinspiration at 5:05 am #

    A wonderful tribute to our father, Vashti.

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  17. Jane Sturgeon at 5:53 am #

    Wrapping you in love Vashti ❤

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  18. Natalie Ducey at 2:23 pm #

    Oh my…Such a beautiful, touching tribute to your father, Vashti. Sending hugs across the miles. XO

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    • Vashti Q at 2:56 pm #

      Hi Natalie! Thank you for the kind words and the hugs. You’re very sweet. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Denis1950 at 10:10 pm #

    Beautiful and moving poetry Vashti. You are so lucky to have been close to your father. Those memories will always be right there for you.

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  20. Sunni Morris at 12:14 am #

    Beautiful poem to a great father, Vashti. I know you miss him, but I bet he’s smiling on you now and is so proud of the wonderful person you are.

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    • Vashti Q at 11:32 am #

      Hello Sunni! Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend. ❤ xx


  21. dornahainds at 3:03 pm #

    Brava.. 🌹🌹🌹

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  22. D. Wallace Peach at 12:30 pm #

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Vashti. Your dad sounds like a wonderful father, and I’m so glad you have such wonderful memories. He is his job well, and I’m sure it was as wonderful for him as it was for you. ❤

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