Poetry Friday ~ Sad & Write

23 Aug

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No, it’s no mistake. ‘Poetry Friday’ is a day early but there’s a good reason. Later today I will be taking a flight to Tokyo, Japan, so tomorrow I will be in the air and unable to post. I will be out of the country for the next two weeks, so my online presence will be limited. When I return, I will go back to my usual schedule on social media.

I’m hoping to get some nice pictures while in Japan and of course I will share them with you. Please send some happy, positive vibes my way because I am terrified of flying and this is a very long flight.

My heart is also torn to bits because I’m leaving my Pomeranian for two weeks. He’ll be in very good hands but we’ve never been apart for more than a few hours. 😦

Thank you for visiting! I will miss you!


This is my contribution to Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge (Butterfly Cinquain):

I write

I stop to think

wrestling with my muse

The whole house seems to be thinking


The pain is real

Doleful words come to me

As I sit at my Mac keyboard

and bleed

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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

~Ernest Hemingway

Sad and Write 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.

50 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Sad & Write”

  1. MM Allen August 23, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    Have a safe trip – Wishapick Good wishes for all things good & a happy doggie when you get home.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kester James Finley August 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    What a pleasant surprise to get another installment a day early! 😀 Your words speak the truth on every level for many of us, thank you! Have a great trip overseas and take lots of pictures. 😀

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    • Vashti Q August 23, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

      You always say the sweetest things, Kester. Thank you, my friend! I will take tons of pictures! 😉 ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Colleen Chesebro August 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

    Nice butterfly cinquain, Vashti. The last line is so worth it! Have a great time. Check out the Haiku books while you’re there. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jacquie Biggar August 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    I can relate to that! Good job, Vashti, enjoy your trip!

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  5. lizziechantree August 23, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    Have a fabulous holiday!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. John W. Howell August 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Bon Voyage. I would miss my puppy too but the time will go fast for him.

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    • Vashti Q August 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm #

      I’m so happy you said that, John. Wait until you see where he’s staying. He has better accommodations than I do. Ha, ha! Thank you! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  7. D.L Finn, Author August 23, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Have a great trip Vashti and safe journey. I always miss my animals on vacation, too. Enjoyed the poem…so true just sit down and bleed!

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    • Vashti Q August 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

      I usually take Scribbles everywhere with me but this flight is way too long. Oh well, we’ll both be alright. 😉 I’m happy you enjoyed the Cinquain. Thank you! ❤ xx

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  8. Jill Weatherholt August 23, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    Wow! What a fantastic trip! I can’t wait to see your photos, Vashti. Love the poem…so true. Have a wonderful time and be safe! ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Jill! Thank you for the wonderful wishes. This is an amazing trip that we’ll never forget. Japan is very safe even at night but we’re always aware of our surroundings. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem! Thanks again!😊

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  9. Annette Rochelle Aben August 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm #

    Aw, I’d have watched Scribbles if I lived closer… that being said, I wish you the best time ever. Looking forward to all the awesome energy you’ll be sharing upon your return. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

      That’s so sweet, Annette! I know Scribbles would have been in great hands with you. Thank you, my friend.😊

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  10. Olga August 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm #

    Dogs are very resilient, especially if they have loving care and engagement while their humans are gone and doing their thing. Don’t worry. Just enjoy your moments in Japan. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Olga! I’m sure he’ll be okay. I miss him so much though. We’ve seen little dogs everywhere in Japan, so that makes it a bit hard but we’re not letting that spoil our fun, Japan is an amazing country. Thank you! 😊

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  11. coldhandboyack August 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm #

    Have a great trip.

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  12. balroop2013 August 23, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    Wishing you a wonderful vacation Vashti. Have fun!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop❣️We’re enjoying ourselves very much.😁

      Liked by 1 person

  13. watchingthedaisies August 24, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Wishing you a fabulous holiday Vashti. Sending you good vibes for the journey.

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  14. Linda Mims August 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

    Looking forward to your pictures. Safe travels!🤗

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Linda! Thank you! I’ve taken so many, so now I have to edit them down but that’s part of the fun. Japan is a very safe country, that being said, we are careful and aware of our surroundings at all times. 😀


  15. specialk718 August 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm #

    i pray a hedge of protection and comfort over Scribbles. Have fun you deserve a vacation. Can’t wait to see pictures and remember planes are safer than cars statistically.

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Kat! I felt that protection over us and Scribbles the entire time. Thank you very much! You’re right about the plane. 😘


  16. mihrank August 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm #

    this is such a wonderful post and your words is so beautiful – enjoy and have a great travels and adventure!!

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you, Mino! We’re having a wonderful time. Japan is a beautiful country with so much to see and do. We’re going to have a wonderful adventure.😊


  17. Sunni Morris August 25, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    Wow! Good for you, a trip to Japan. I wish you a good time and a safe trip. I’ve never been there and look forward to pictures when you return. Yes, I understand leaving your dog. I rarely go anywhere because of my cats. My neighbor looks after them, but it’s not like me being here for them daily.

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Sunni! This trip has been on our list for a while. I’m happy we finally got around to going. We’re having a great time so far. Yes! Before this trip, Scribbles and I had never been apart for more than a few hours and although I know he’s in good hands I can’t help worrying a little, okay, a lot about him. Does he feel abandoned? Does he know I’ll be back? Will he eat well? And on and on. Luckily, this trip has been so busy that I haven’t had the time or energy to dwell on it.😊


  18. dgkaye August 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Gorgeous as always. And sooooooooooo thrilled for you to be on that wonderful trip. Looking forward to hearing all about it! ❤ Be safe! xoxo

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Debby! Thank you! I love Japan! It’s a wonderful country and the people are wonderful too. I can’t wait to write all about it. I think you would love it here too. Thanks again for all the well wishes, my friend! 💗xox

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      • dgkaye September 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm #

        Hi Vashti. If you’re still in Japan, step away from the computer!!!! 🙂 ❤

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      • Vashti Q September 6, 2018 at 10:39 pm #

        Ah, ha, ha! I got back last night. I’m still jet lagged. I didn’t have much time to get online while in Japan. I tried to get on my iPhone between activities, whenever I had a moment and Wi-Fi was available but that was it. 😉 ❤ xx

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      • dgkaye September 7, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

        WELCOME HOME!!!!! ❤ Take a breath and we'll hear from you when you're ready. ❤

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      • Vashti Q September 8, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

        Thank you! ❤ xx

        Liked by 1 person

  19. D. Wallace Peach August 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm #

    Enjoy, Vashti! I can’t wait to hear about your vacation and see the pictures! A vivid poem about the investment in writing – well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Diana! I loved the way you put it, “the investment in writing” because that’s exactly what it is and we should have great expectations of worthwhile results. Thank you very much!😊

      Liked by 1 person

  20. RS August 28, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    Great post! Keep it up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q September 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm #

      Thank you! I will certainly try. 😉



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