Haiku Friday – Touch & Miss

22 Sep

Hello friends! A warm welcome to my blog!


Today would have been my father’s birthday. He’s no longer with me, but he lives in my heart. I’m going to try to make this day about remembering all the happy times we shared. All the deep conversations, laughs, and meaningful moments. I declare September 22nd a holiday –– in my house and within my family. There’s a heaviness in my chest, because I miss him. I’ll try to take solace in the truth that he’ll never be forgotten and he’ll always be with me.

“You will always be in my heart . . . because in there you’re still alive.”

~Jamie Cirello

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You taught me so much

But there’s one thing you did not

I never learned how

to exist in your absence

I never learned to miss you

You were always there.

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Touch and Miss 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.

Today is the Rave Reviews Book ClubPay It Forward‘ Day. I was supposed to choose one person from the club and dedicate this day to that member, but there are so many talented, creative and kind people I couldn’t choose just one. Instead I chose the wonderful club itself and will tweet, google, tumble, stumble, pin and share as many members as possible, as well as the club. Remember readers and writers are all welcome to join this fantastic family. If you’re a writer or an avid reader or both, please join us.

Have a great day, everyone!




50 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Touch & Miss”

  1. VishalDutia September 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Awesome loved going through your blog

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      Thank you very much! I’m sorry for the late response your comment had gone to spam for whatever reason.


  2. D.L Finn, Author September 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    So powerful and true. Sorry for you loss. Beautiful tribute to your father.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Al Lane September 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Your love is the greatest tribute to your father ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Annette Rochelle Aben September 22, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    What a loving tribute. Straight from your tender heart and I know he is smiling to be so honored! ❤

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  5. John W. Howell September 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    A beautiful tribute to your father, Vashti. Those that live in our hearts are never forgotten.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Frank September 22, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Love the poem…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. balroop2013 September 22, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    A wonderful way to remember dad’s love! Lovely poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. olganm September 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    I’m sure your father would have loved it, Vashti. A great way to remember him.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

      Aw, that’s sweet Olga. Thank you very much. ❤


  9. magarisa September 22, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Such a moving tribute to your father, Vashti. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jet Eliot September 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm #

    It’s challenging to arrive on the birthday of a passed loved one, so all we can do is what you’re doing, celebrating what they gave us, and honoring the life force that we still have. Best wishes, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      Hello Jet! I appreciate the very kind and insightful words. Thanks for the good wishes. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Denis1950 September 23, 2017 at 2:37 am #

    You have his genes Vashti so he is with you always as well as in memories

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 23, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

      You’re so right, Denis. Thank you for that. ❤


  12. Judy E Martin September 23, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    This is so lovely Vashti, and I understand totally how you feel. Dads leave a huge void when they are no longer with us . 💖💖💖

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

      Hi Judy! That’s absolutely right. Thank you very much. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Natalie Ducey September 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Hugs, Vashti. XO

    Liked by 1 person

  14. tracikenworth September 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    Hugs, Vashti. I know your loss.

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  15. Joy Lenton September 24, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    These occasions always have a bittersweet quality about them once a beloved one has gone from our midst. I’m sure your dear “Papi” would have been so proud of how well you have expressed your loving sadness in verse, especially with these beautiful and moving words. Vashti, this is a truly lovely and fitting tribute to him. May God be with you and bless you with His peace. xo 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

      Thank you for those sweet and soothing words, Joy. I appreciate you. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  16. KathrinS September 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to your father!! I loved the post, especially that heart-shaped collection of words.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Michelle Abbott (@MichelleAbbott4) September 24, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

    I lost my father in 2011, so can totally relate to your poem, Vashti. A beautiful tribute.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

      Hello Michelle. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you very much. ❤ xx


  18. dgkaye September 24, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

    A most touching and beautiful acknowledgement to your father Vashti. I lost my dad 26 years ago, and I can tell you the love never lessens. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      That’s comforting, Debby. I’m sorry for your loss. Thank you very much, my friend. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye September 25, 2017 at 10:38 am #

        No thank you required. 🙂 ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  19. robbiesinspiration September 27, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    This is a really lovely poem, Vashti. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Michael September 29, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    that’s rather nice 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Janice September 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    A touching poem Vashti…that is one thing that is impossible to learn in advance for sure.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

      That’s right, Janice. Thank you. 🙂


  22. Kim of Glover Gardens October 17, 2017 at 6:30 am #

    I just found your poem, and in your words, it put a smile on my face. Yesterday was the first birthday for my own Dad since he went over the rainbow in the summer. Your poem was beautiful. My offering was a haiku. https://glovergardens.com/2017/10/16/another-haiku-for-dad-on-his-first-birthday-in-heaven/

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    • Vashti Q October 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

      Hello Kim. I’m sorry for your loss. That 1st birthday after they’re gone is very hard. I’m happy my poem put a smile on your face. Thank you very much for putting a smile on my face with your sweet comment. I’ll go check out your haiku. ❤



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