Haiku Friday – Quick & Slip

16 Feb

Hello, everyone. Welcome.

I’m sure by now most people have heard the news about the “Florida School Shooting”. For those of you who have not heard, I will give you a quick summary of what happened.

On Valentine’s Day (2-14-18) a heavily armed, 19 year old man, killed at least 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle at his former high school in Parkland, Fl.. It isn’t known yet why he did it. We may never know his reasons, because the gunman has a history of mental illness.

Needless to say, this is a horribly sad and tragic event. The fact that it took place so close to home make it all the more disturbing for me. So many lives ended–just like that. It’s so senseless. Could this have been prevented?

If you’d like more information: The New York Times 

When I wrote these poems I thought of the victims, in particular the kids and their loved ones left behind to mourn.

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Illustration by Beatriz Martin Vidal (Beatriz – DeviantArt)


Don’t cry, I’m not dead

I have only slipped away

into the next room

You’ll see me again

And we’ll laugh at our goodbyes

But time is too slow

for those who just sit and wait

So please turn to life again

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Illustration by Beatriz Martin Vidal (Beatriz – DeviantArt)

Quick and Slip 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.

36 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Quick & Slip”

  1. D.L Finn, Author February 16, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    Beautifully said, Vashti. You offered a bit of hope in the mist of helpless grief.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 16, 2018 at 7:49 pm #

      Thank you, Denise. It’s such a heart-wrenching thing when young lives are taken. I can only imagine the pain the parents, siblings, friends and other loved ones are going through.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Linda Mims February 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    This is beautiful, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q February 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

      Thank you, Linda! I’m glad you liked the poems.


  3. olganm February 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    It’s difficult to put a positive spin on the event but you have managed. Thanks, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 16, 2018 at 7:53 pm #

      Thank you, Olga. It’s such a sad situation. This is how I know to cope.


  4. John W. Howell February 16, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Sad theme. Good poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. balroop2013 February 16, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

    So heart-breaking! Words seem lame in the wake of such a mammoth tragedy. While they would ‘turn to life again’…will it be the same ever?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

      Yes, you’re right words can’t express the true immensity of the situation. I doubt things would ever be the same for the victims’ loved ones or for the survivors.


  6. Gwen Plano February 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    It is so heart-breaking, beautiful young lives taken, but as your beautiful poem suggests, we’ll see them again. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

      It’s extremely difficult to imagine what their loved ones are going through right now. I hope they have a good belief system that they can hold on to. Thank you for the kind words, Gwen. ❤


  7. Annette Rochelle Aben February 16, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    What a beautiful tribute to those amazing souls who are now part of the collective of love that will shine perpetual love upon us forever.. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Cleopatra Trevilcock February 17, 2018 at 3:21 am #

    I loved it. One of your best, I believe.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 17, 2018 at 11:57 am #

      Thank you, Cleo. I appreciate you dropping by and your comment. ❤


  9. mihrank February 17, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    so true, and so difficult to create a combination of sad and great theme…well done and said!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. tracikenworth February 17, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    LOVED, Vashti. I wish it were happier but this is how I deal with grief.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      Aww. Traci, I’m happy you loved it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • tracikenworth February 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

        I especially liked the little art that went with it. It made so much more of a truth to what was happening.

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      • Vashti Q February 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm #

        You’re right! When I saw them I thought they’d go perfect with the poems.

        Liked by 1 person

  11. dgkaye February 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Beautifully sad Vashti. God bless the children and may congress get their shit together! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      Thank you. ❤ I couldn't agree more, Debby! How many times does the same thing have to happen before something is done about it. What I've read about this gunman is almost the same thing I've read about the other mass shooters, almost word for word. What's happening?

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      • dgkaye February 19, 2018 at 9:32 am #

        What’s happening is uncontrolled gun laws :(. But a new era is dawning and it is now the children, the next generation of voters who are speaking up and out. This will change things! Believe! ❤

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      • Vashti Q February 20, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

        I hope so, because it’s really getting out of hand. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye February 21, 2018 at 12:10 am #

        Amen! ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  12. watchingthedaisies February 18, 2018 at 8:03 am #

    A lovely tribute Vashti. Let us hope that politicians take note.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

      I hope so, Brigid. This has happened too many time already. There are always so many red flags raised by these individuals before each incident and they go ignored. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  13. robbiesinspiration February 18, 2018 at 10:30 am #

    The shooting in Florida was a terrible tragedy, Vashti. I really like your poems.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie. Terrible indeed. And I have this horrible feeling that it could have been prevented. All the signs were there, but went ignored.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Natalie Ducey February 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    Your words are soothing and hopeful, Vashti. This is such a tragedy that completely breaks my heart. Thank you for sharing these pieces with us. The pictures depict your words in such eloquence, as well. XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      Hello Natalie! The frustrating thing about this situation is that it keeps happening. It is very sad for the survivors, victims and their families. ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person


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