Poetry Friday ~ Love & Time (Synonyms)

17 Aug

Hello, everyone! Welcome!


I don’t know if you’ve heard the news about the ‘Red Tide’ algae affecting southwest Florida, but what’s going on here is a real tragedy.

Toxic algae, called ‘red tide’ are killing the marine life in the southwest coast of Florida. Sea creatures have been washing up on our shores. The situation is so bad that our governor has declared a state of emergency.

This kind of thing upsets me beyond belief. Scientists are trying to figure out how to get rid of these tiny creatures and there has been some wild speculations as to how they had come to be. Well, I have a theory of my own. I believe The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (BP oil spill) in the Gulf of Mexico, April 20, 2010 is one of many things to blame. Nature always tries to protect itself and that includes marine life. All the garbage and oil in the water have killed many aquatic creatures and vegetation. Maybe, some of the gulf’s algae mutated into what are now known as ‘red-tide algae’ to protect itself long ago and maybe they plague us for disrespecting their environment. Yes, I know this reads like something out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, but it makes perfect sense to me. When a life form is placed in a toxic environment it will either die or change to adapt to its new surroundings. Only this algae has mutated into a monstrous form that kills off every other creature around.

Now, I know that it is a natural phenomenon, but the exact cause or combination of factors that result in a red tide outbreak are not necessarily known. I also know that this phenomenon has occurred since ancient times. Biblical scholars and early marine biologists of the late nineteenth century postulated that the first plague of the Exodus story, the blood color of the Nile, might have been an outbreak of Red Tide. But who’s to say that pollution, oil spills and other unnatural disturbances in the water doesn’t have something to do with a Red Tide outbreak occurring.

Anyway, here’s an article from the Washington Post you can read for yourself:

Florida’s governor this week made official what residents of southwest Florida already knew: The bloom of toxic algae that has darkened gulf waters is an emergency. The red tide has made breathing difficult for locals, scared away tourists, and strewn popular beaches with the stinking carcasses of fish, eels, porpoises, turtles, manatees and one 26-foot whale shark. Continue reading . . . 

Mother Nature’s Lament

In an age of greed

Seas once clean now choke with oil

My darling sea life

Leaving your bodies on shore

As red tides lap my beaches

red tide-toxic_algae-Florida-Poetry_Friday-Vashti Q-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Quiroz Vega-marine_life


Love and Time are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer. *The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

Thank you for visiting!

44 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Love & Time (Synonyms)”

  1. Kester James Finley August 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this week, V, “Mother Nature’s Lament” speaks volumes to anyone who lives in Florida or anyone who visits or has visited our once beautiful shorelines. It’s been horrible to see this devastation destroying our beaches and sea life. 😦

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

      It breaks my heart, K. I’m hoping a solution is found quickly. Some people are worried about our tourists leaving but I worry most about our poor sea creatures dying. The areas affected are in southwest Florida between Tampa Bay and the Everglades. Beautiful beaches like Venice Beach, Bonita Beach, and one of my favorites Captiva. It crushes me that dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, stingrays, and other creatures are dying while they figure things out. 😦

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  2. coldhandboyack August 17, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

    So many tragedies in the last couple of years. Humans should remember we eat there. If the seas turn against us, we’re done.

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

      Hello Craig. You’re right. And you would think it’d be common sense but you’d be surprised how many people lack any sense at all when it comes to deciding what’s more important, making money or protecting the environment. So sad.

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  3. John W. Howell August 17, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    I hate red tide. It is like the plague.

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  4. balroop2013 August 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

    Probably Mother Nature is sending another message through this red tide! Thanks for a meaningful Tanka Vashti, you have summed up her lament so well.

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben August 17, 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    Sending healing energy ❤

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  6. Olga August 17, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    Hope this isn’t a sign that the oceans are dying. I felt your lament, Vashti. I found this article mentioning agricultural run-off and hurricanes as feeding the problem. https://www.engadget.com/2018/08/17/toxic-red-tide-florida-shore/ 😦

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Olga. The ‘Red Tides’ phenomenon have occurred since ancient times but scientists don’t know what triggers them. I think it’s a protest from the sea when it becomes polluted. We as human beings need to start respecting other beings and our environment. I’ll check out your link, my friend. Thank you! 🙂 xx

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  7. Jason A. Muckley August 17, 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    Excellent Tanka… I love it

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

      Thank you very much, Jason! 🙂


      • Jason A. Muckley August 20, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

        Congrats on winning Tanka Tuesday 😉

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      • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

        I was an honorable mention this week but we were all winners. 😉 Thank you! 😀 xx

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  8. Jill Weatherholt August 17, 2018 at 10:19 pm #

    As an ocean lover, this is heartbreaking. Thank you for bringing attention to this horrible and so sad state of affairs. I’m with you, Vashti, Captiva is one of my favorite places, too.

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      Hello Jill. You’re welcome. When I see or read/hear about disturbing events like this one, the first thing I think about is letting as many people know about it as possible because awareness is step one to resolving any issue. At least it’s what I believe. My family and I are ocean lovers too, so this is a real tragedy. Thank you. 🙂

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  9. D.L Finn, Author August 17, 2018 at 11:34 pm #

    I’ve been watching this on the news…heartbreaking. Really hope we can get a handle on this. Can’t say I disagree with your theory, makes sense.

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you, Denise. Me too. Scientists don’t seem to know what is triggering these ‘Red Tide’ phenomenon, so it’s time to think outside the box. 😉

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  10. cindy knoke August 18, 2018 at 1:17 am #

    So freaking sad.

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm #

      My heart breaks for these poor innocent creatures, especially the dolphins and turtles. I have a soft spot in my heart for them. Hopefully ‘they’ will resolve the issue quickly. 😦


  11. watchingthedaisies August 18, 2018 at 7:00 am #

    Thank you Vashti. I did not know this was happening. It seems we are getting a HUGE wake up call this year to care more for our planet.

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

      You’re welcome, Brigid. And you’re right, but will the powers that be listen? I hope so. Thank you. 🙂 xx

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  12. Natalie Ducey August 18, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    Oh my goodness… this is so tragic and sad. I’m heading over to read the article to learn more. Thanks so much for sharing. Lovely piece depicting this tragedy as well. XO

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:41 pm #

      It really is, Natalie. You’re welcome. And thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. ❤ xx

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  13. D. Wallace Peach August 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    This makes me want to cry, Vashti. How sad for our little sea brothers and sisters. Oil, global warming, pollution… we will pay the price for our careless, but so will the other creatures of the planet. The compassion in your poem pulls at the heartstrings. ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      Every time I look at the pictures I want to cry. When will we learn? Thank you, Diana. ❤ xx

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  14. Colleen Chesebro August 19, 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Vashti, this is indeed an environmental disaster! I applaud you getting the word out with your poetry. I know the Bible talks of the red tide and its significance. Can you imagine what the ancient people thought? Wow, it had to be as terrifying as an eclipse to them. ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      I’m sure it was, Colleen. They thought the sea had turned to blood. It’s frightening for us now, seeing dead dolphins, turtles, stingrays, sharks wash up on shore is quite terrifying. Scientists don’t even know (or are not saying) what triggers this phenomenon. I think the seas are in protest but the poor sea creatures are paying the price. It’s heartbreaking. Thank you, my friend. ❤ xx

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      • Colleen Chesebro August 20, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

        It’s heartbreaking, Vashti. I’m happy you drew attention to this problem. ❤

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  15. yvettemcalleiro August 19, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    My heart has hurt way too many times as I’ve seen pictures and watched videos, and I’m mad as hell that our government wasn’t more proactive about prevent more tragedy than what would naturally occur with the red tide. The innocent are always the victims. 😥

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

      I feel the same, Yvette. I’m heartbroken and pissed off. You’re right, the innocent always pay the price for our carelessness. Thank you. ❤

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  16. dgkaye August 19, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    A very sad state of affairs indeed Vashti. I’ve been hearing plenty about this and have seen so many photos on TV of dead things washing up to shore. I know president orange could probably give 2 shits about it so I do hope the environmentalists that actually believe in climate change and our waters will find out what can be done about this soon. ❤ And of course, I loved your accompanying tanka ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 20, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

      Hi Debby! Yes, a lot of us down here are devastated by what is happening and we also feel helpless because there’s little we can do. We’re counting on our governor to take action and on oceanographers and marine biologists to resolve this issue quickly and save our sea creatures. Thank you, my friend. ❤ xx

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      • dgkaye August 21, 2018 at 10:31 am #

        I sure hope so Vashti. We must be diligent with our voices. ❤ xxxx

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      • Vashti Q August 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

        I agree. 🙂

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  17. memadtwo August 21, 2018 at 10:08 pm #

    So sad. I hope the world wakes up soon! (K)

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  18. Jacquie Biggar August 22, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    This is horrible! I hope scientists can find a way to stop it soon 😦

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    • Vashti Q August 22, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      I agree, Jacquie! I hope so too. I’m so sad about this. 😦

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