Haiku Friday – Old & Days

13 Jul

Hi, everyone!

Firstly, it’s Friday the 13th! Did you ever wonder why Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day? Well, a suggested origin of the superstition dates back to Friday, October 13th 1307 when King Philip IV ordered  hundreds of French Templars to be captured and arrested. The templars were charged with numerous offenses, seemingly without basis – but King Philip used these allegations as a convenient pretext to persecute the wealthy order, so that he wouldn’t have to pay debts he owed them following war with England. The Catholic crusaders were tortured into admitting heresy and other sacrilegious offenses in the Order.

Charged with moral and financial corruption and worshipping false idols – many of the knights were later burnt at the stake.

The order’s Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, faced the flames in front of Notre Dame Cathedral and is said to have cried out a curse on those who had so gravely wronged them: “God knows who is wrong and has sinned. Soon a calamity will occur to those who have condemned us to death.”

Holy warriors

Guiltless men engulfed in flames

Old hex haunts our days

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Did you know that the fear of Friday the 13th Phobia is called – Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Now that’s a word for a game of hangman.

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Old and Days 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.

On a happy note, today is also National French Fry Day. Enjoy!

30 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Old & Days”

  1. Kester James Finley July 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Angry Scribbler and commented:
    Another great Haiku from fellow author and blogger, Vashti! This time it comes with a little bit of history to round out our Friday the 13th fun and fears. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kester James Finley July 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    I love the haiku and thank you so much for the history information, I never knew. 😉 Also, I now know what word I’m using when it comes to playing Hangman lol. Thanks for always making Fridays fun and interesting, have a great weekend!

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    • Vashti Q July 13, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

      Hello, my friend! I’m happy I was able to teach you something new. Isn’t that word crazy? You would have to go through the entire alphabet before you get it. By that time, the hangman will have layers of clothing on and accessories. Aw, it’s comments like yours that keep me going. Thank you! ❤ xx

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  3. Bobby Fairfield July 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    I love the way Haiku has evolved and become the popular form it is today. Nice to see history incorporated in such a fine piece.

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    • Vashti Q July 13, 2018 at 3:37 pm #

      Hello Bobby! When I first began writing haiku poetry, many people didn’t know what it was, so you’re right, it’s gotten much more popular. Thank you for the visit and kind words. I appreciated. 😀 xx


  4. Annette Rochelle Aben July 13, 2018 at 2:53 pm #

    Pretty cool here!

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  5. Linda Mims July 13, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Great history. Great Haiku. Too bad I don’t have any French fries.🍟😏

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    • Vashti Q July 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

      Go get some! Ha, ha! I’m not a big fan of potatoes but there’s a restaurant near me that makes them very thin and crispy and seasoned. Yum! 😛 Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post! Have a great weekend! 😀 xx

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  6. John W. Howell July 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    Excellent post, Vashti. Great Haiku as well.

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  7. Lizl Bennefeld July 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm #

    Interesting bit of history. Enjoyed the haiku! Thanks!

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    • Vashti Q July 14, 2018 at 11:41 am #

      Hello! I’ve always been fascinated with the history of the Templars. I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you! 🙂

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  8. coldhandboyack July 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    I’ve heard the Templar story, but not the connection to Friday the 13th. Very interesting stuff today.

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    • Vashti Q July 14, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      Thank you, Craig! Templar history fascinates me. I’m trying to see how I can weave them into one of my stories. 😉 xx

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  9. Jill Weatherholt July 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    You’re a terrific history teacher, Vashti! Loved your Haiku, too! Happy Weekend! ❤

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    • Vashti Q July 14, 2018 at 11:52 am #

      Thank you, Jill! That’s so sweet of you to say. I did great in high school but history was not one of my favorite subjects. My history teachers were boring and were more interested in making us memorize dates than actually teaching us what went on. I became much more interested in history in college where I was able to connect the dates with real happenings. Have a wonderful weekend! ❤


  10. Mukhamani July 14, 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Wonderful haiku and thank you for the explanation.

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    • Vashti Q July 14, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      Hello! I thought it was an interesting little slice of history. Thank you! 😀

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  11. D.L Finn, Author July 14, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    Happy Friday the 13th and french fry day:) Great Haiku that sums up the brutally of history.

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    • Vashti Q July 14, 2018 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Denise! I’m fascinated with that piece of history. Thank you very much! Enjoy the weekend, my friend! 😀 xx

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  12. dgkaye July 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm #

    What a fun little history lesson with a clever Haiku 🙂 ❤

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  13. D. Wallace Peach July 17, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

    What a gruesome origin to the day, Vashti. Your haiku captures the horror, suffering, and curse perfectly. Yikes. And National French fry day seems fitting if not a little morbid since the French were “fried” at the stake. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q July 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Oh, my goodness! I hadn’t even put that together (fried french)! Wow. I like the way your mind works, Diana. Ha, ha. The history of the Catholic church is paved with gruesome events––unfortunately. Thank you! 😀 xx

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