Poetry Friday ~ Vigor & Energy

21 Sep

Hi, everyone! Welcome.

 

My trip to Japan was all about adventure and exploration. We hiked for miles and climbed many steps to see extraordinary architecture, sculptures, art and amazing views of nature. I actually lost 8 lbs. during this vacation. I have to say that all the hiking and climbing was well worth it.

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Wander Lust

Up I am driven

under deeper skies than mine

to quench my passion

I am given to the wind

where I travel goes my heart

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Vigor and Energy 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.

Have a great day!

51 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Vigor & Energy”

  1. Charlie Hasler September 21, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Lovely photographs

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  2. John W. Howell September 21, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

    Sounds like an excellent trip, Vashti.

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  3. Colleen Chesebro September 21, 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    Simply gorgeous, Vashti. Your words and images transport me to a magical place. Perfect. ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm #

      Thank you, Colleen. Japan is a magical and inspiring place. ❤ xx

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      • Colleen Chesebro September 23, 2018 at 1:25 pm #

        I never made it to the “Orient” but my hubby was stationed several places: Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, etc. From what I heard, I would love Japan. Excellent shares of your visit. I’m loving the tour through your eyes. ❤

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      • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

        That’s wonderful, Colleen. This was my first visit to Japan. I had never travelled this far east. I’m sure Thailand, the Philippines and Korea are wonderful places to visit as well. I have my eye on an incredible cave that I did research on for my book, The Fall of Lilith in Vietnam the Hang Son Doong. And I’d also love to visit the Salt Flats in northwestern Utah which inspired one of the worlds in my new book, Son of the Serpent. As long as I have the health and energy I will travel and explore. I love it. ❤

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  4. D.L Finn, Author September 21, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    Beautiful words to match the gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing with us. Have an amazing weekend Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Denise! Thank you very much! I’m happy to share. Happy Sunday, my friend! 😀 xx

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  5. Natalie Ducey September 21, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful, Vashti! XO

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Natalie! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you! 😀 xx

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  6. Ritu September 21, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    Love the photos , love the poem too 😍

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      I’m so glad, Ritu! Japan is an amazing country to visit. I loved it. 😀 xx

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben September 21, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    You making being an adventurer sound so romantic! That rocks.

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Annette! I think there’s a bit of romance in everything we have passion for, my friend. Thank you! 😀 xx

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  8. markbierman September 21, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    Those are some amazing photos, Japan has some beautiful places. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Mark! Japan is a beautiful country with great people. I highly recommend everyone put it on their ‘Bucket List’. Happy to share it. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. 😀

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  9. coldhandboyack September 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

    What wonderful pictures. That bamboo forest looks so inviting. I’m going to have to write something like that into a story.

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Craig! It was an amazing feeling to walk amidst the tall bamboo forest. I loved the smell. It was subtle but I enjoyed it. It was just after midday, so the sun was fierce but the bamboo kept the weather in there mild. Nature is amazing. The bamboo forest would make an excellent setting in a story. 😀

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  10. Jill Weatherholt September 21, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    Wow! Your photographs are amazing, Vashti. I would think it was difficult to come home. The bamboo forest is incredible!

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Jill! Thank you! In the end I missed my little dog, Scribbles too much and wanted to come home. But Japan is an amazing country with great people and I look forward to returning sooner rather than later. The bamboo forest was definitely a sight to see. 😀 xx

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  11. jazzytower September 21, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    Love the tanka. That 2nd picture is awesome. Is that built in the trees?

    Pat

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi Pat! I’m happy you enjoyed the Tanka. Thank you! That walkway was built into the mountain and forest from large boulders.The views were amazing as we climbed. 🙂

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      • jazzytower September 23, 2018 at 1:45 pm #

        Sounds beautiful & peaceful. A good trip, I’m sure😊

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      • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm #

        Very peaceful and good. 🙂

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  12. Miriam Hurdle September 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm #

    I love to see more photos of your Japan trip, Vashti. With all the hiking and climbing the steps, you came home energized. The poem says it all, so wonderful!

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi Miriam! I have more pictures on Instagram and Facebook. You’re so right, I returned home a different person. I get up earlier and go for more long walks with my dog. He loves it. I did come home energized. Thank you! ❤ xx

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      • Miriam Hurdle September 23, 2018 at 3:55 pm #

        I know, Vashti! My husband and I went on a hiking with my daughter, her hubby carrying the baby. It was raining and we walked on a muddy path. I didn’t know I could hike in such a condition because I hadn’t done it for a long time. After that, I know I could do it. ❤ xox

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

        I believe doing things like this, immersed in nature, gives us energy and makes us feel more alive. ❤ xx

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      • Miriam Hurdle September 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

        Yes, exactly. I look forward to our trip to Hong Kong and Japan because we’ll leave our work behind and just go have fun in nature. ❤ xox

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      • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

        That sounds amazing! Be sure to take lots of photos and share. ❤ xx

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      • Miriam Hurdle September 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

        Yes, for sure, Vashti! ❤ xox

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  13. specialk718 September 22, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Stunning pics! Looks like some of the best hiking places

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

      Hi Kat! Yes! There were so many places to hike and climb and the views were worth the effort. If I lived in Japan I would be in tip top shape always. 😉 ❤ xx

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  14. watchingthedaisies September 22, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

    What a wonderful way to lose weight. Your words and photographs are divine. 🌼

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

      Hello Brigid! It is a wonderful way to lose weight. I wish it could be that much fun always. Thank you very much! I’m happy you enjoyed it. 😀 xx

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  15. karenringalls September 22, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

    Wonderful photographs! Such an exciting and exhilarating trip.

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you! It really was, Karen. I highly recommend a trip to Japan if you can. It is a healing trip. I felt at peace the entire time I was there. 😀 xx

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  16. dgkaye September 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    I loved this Vashti, your words and the beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing. And look at you losing weight on vacation! I’m sure you look beautiful. ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

      Ha, ha! First time ever losing weight on vacation! Aw, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and thank you for the kind words. You’re awesome, my friend. ❤ xx

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  17. balroop2013 September 23, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

    Thank you for the pictorial treat along with the poems you share every week Vashti. I love both. My favorite is the one of forest with long trees and sun peeping through a small clearing. Is it a bamboo forest?

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    • Vashti Q September 23, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Balroop! Yes, it’s a bamboo forest. That was a wonderful hike and although it was the middle of the day it didn’t feel as hot while we were in there. It’s a beautiful place. You’re very welcome. It’s my pleasure. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. ❤ xx

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  18. Olga September 24, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    “I am given to the wind’ also when I travel. Spontaneous interspersed with a bit of planning.
    The moments count more than the have to’s. Love your photos, Vashti. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 24, 2018 at 12:49 pm #

      Hi Olga! I completely agree. The moments and memories made are what counts the most. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed the pictures. 😀 xx

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  19. Aweni September 25, 2018 at 3:33 am #

    What an atypical holiday, losing weight instead of gaining!!! I know a number of people that should be prescribed a holiday in Japan😁. The pictures are amazing. The bamboos must have been overwhelming… both in their numbers and height. The poem is also lovely.👌

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    • Vashti Q September 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Aweni! It was certainly unusual for me. The bamboo forest was beautiful and something I’d never seen before. I’m so happy you enjoyed the pictures and poem. Thank you! 😀

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