Poetry Friday ~ Fantasy & Craving

5 Oct


All a dream

that ends in nothing,

and leaves me longing for you.

If only I could live in my mind.

Violet blue

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This style of micropoetry is called Sidlak. It’s a structured poetry consisting of 5 lines with 3579 syllables and a color. The last line must be a COLOR that describes the whole poem or the feelings of the writer.

I had a lot of fun with this style, especially when I had to come up with a color at the end. I love colors. When I see a person I often see a color associated with that person. And I’m not talking about race. I speak of a color that ties into their overall nature. Colors have also been proven to affect people’s moods.

Writing poetry helps me unwind and it’s a great way to get those creative juices flowing. Why don’t you give it a try?

Fantasy and Craving 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.


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46 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Fantasy & Craving”

  1. olganm October 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Lovely! I’d never heard of it, Vashti. Thanks for the introduction and good luck with the launch!

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    • Vashti Q October 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      I only discovered it this week, Olga! I love it! Thank you, my friend. Have a great weekend! ❤


  2. John W. Howell October 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    Terrific poem, Vashti.

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

      Thank you, John! Glad you liked it. Have a wonderful weekend! 😀 xx


  3. Scott Andrew Bailey October 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    Love it. Purple was the perfect choice.😀 I will have to give this form a go. When I was compiling A Spring of Dreams I noticed that a large proportion of them were colour themed. A lot of red and silvers. Don’t know what that reveals!

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    • Vashti Q October 5, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

      Thank you, Scott! I thought so too! Red and silver are such festive colors. When I think of red I think life, power, love, and passion. I think of value, longevity, celebration, and technology for some reason when I think of silver. Maybe those colors have a special meaning for you. Give it some thought. 😉 Have a great day and weekend!


  4. balroop2013 October 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm #

    Thank you Vashti for introducing us to a new form of poetry…colors add charm to life and to your words here. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q October 5, 2018 at 6:03 pm #

      You’re welcome, Balroop. You’re right, colors do add to our lives. Thank you❣️ You have a great weekend too!😊

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben October 5, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    Have never heard of such a poem and I love it! Violet Blue truly explained the whole thing and made me want to go hug someone. ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      Ha, ha! I just discovered this style this week. I love it too! Violet blue came to mind right after writing the poem. Have a great weekend, my friend! 😊💕

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  6. Hélène Vaillant October 5, 2018 at 9:04 pm #

    What a beautiful style of poetry Vashi. I love your poem and the colour is perfect for it. I also enjoyed reading how you see colours with people.

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    • Vashti Q October 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm #

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

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Jill Weatherholt October 5, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    Such a beautiful poem, Vashi! Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your upcoming release! ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Jill! I’m delighted that you liked the poem. Thank you very much! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Natalie Ducey October 6, 2018 at 8:11 am #

    Another lovely poem, Vashti. A wonderful introduction to this style of art.
    Yay! Soooooo delighted for you and your upcoming release. I pre-ordered it! Cheers to you, my friend! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 6, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

      I’m always happy when you approve, my friend. Yay! Thank you for pre-ordering Son of the Serpent! You’re awesome! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  9. D.L Finn, Author October 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    This was cool. I loved the added color into it. I look at life through colors too. Have a great weekend Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q October 6, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

      That’s my favorite part of this style, Denise. I’m happy we have this in common. You have a great weekend too! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Colleen Chesebro October 6, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

    OH my goodness!! I love your poem, Vashti. I can’t find anything on the Sidlak form in academic circles or anywhere else, which means it might be a made-up form. If you find a link recognizing the form as poetry, please let me know. In the meantime, it is a fabulous poem. ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you, Colleen! I searched online and came across many posts featuring Sidlak poems but nothing official. Weren’t all poetry forms made up at some point? Whoever made up this form is brilliant and I definitely recognize it as a form of poetry. I love the use of a color at the end. If I come across anything official I’ll send you the link. ❤ xx

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      • Colleen Chesebro October 7, 2018 at 9:08 am #

        Yes, that’s true, Vashti. I wanted to support forms people would run into at competitions and such. If the Sidlak form isn’t accepted as a poetry form yet, we’ll have to wait to add it to the challenge. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a lovely form. Your poem was fantastic. ❤️❤️❤️

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      • Vashti Q October 8, 2018 at 9:35 am #

        Oh, I understand, Colleen. Don’t worry about it. I just wanted to try it because I loved the idea of adding a color. Thank you very much! ❤ xx

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      • Colleen Chesebro October 8, 2018 at 11:21 am #

        Vashti, if you had created the form, I would have added it as something utterly creative and new. I think the problem is that it is a hybrid form – not truly syllabic because of the final words. If the color figures into the syllable count that would be one thing. Create away, my dear friend. ❤

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      • Vashti Q October 8, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

        Oh, I wish I could take the credit but I had nothing to do with it. I do love it though. I think I get what you’re saying. I will try the Etheree form this week and see what happens. Thank you, my friend! ❤

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      • Colleen Chesebro October 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

        Huge hugs to you, Vashti. 🎃🎃🎃

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  11. tracikenworth October 7, 2018 at 12:27 am #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide.

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  12. Teagan R. Geneviene October 7, 2018 at 7:30 am #

    Vashti, that is both impressive and beautiful. I can’t imagine working within the “numbers” constraints. I was never any good at even simple poetry. Well done. Hugs.

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    • Vashti Q October 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

      Thank you very much, Teagan! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. I find that working on these structured poems help me relax.😘

      Liked by 1 person

  13. dgkaye October 7, 2018 at 9:56 am #

    I loved thisssssss! ❤

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  14. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. October 8, 2018 at 4:21 am #

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    I am a dabbler when it comes to poetry and I did not know about this form of micropoetry called Sidlak – I like it Vashti Quiroz-Vega shares her contribution to Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Poetry Challenge and I loved it.

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  15. memadtwo October 8, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    I like the idea of summing up your ideas with a color. Violet blue is a good one. (K)

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  16. Annika Perry October 9, 2018 at 10:18 am #

    Vashti, a mesmerising poem and I was immediately drawn into it. The colour at the end matches the poem perfectly. The Sidlak is an intriguing and new to me style but I’m very tempted to give this a go. I don’t so much see colours for people, rathers feel a light and brightness around them, or if negative, a dullness that is barely penetrable – the latter is disturbing.

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    • Vashti Q October 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Annika! Thank you very much! The Sidlak form of poetry is very new to me too. I was drawn to this style for its use of color. I think you should try it. I had a lot of fun with it. I can relate to what you wrote about feeling a brightness and a dullness around people. I have felt that too. What’s more disturbing is feeling this amazing brightness from someone and then feeling the light dim through the years. I have experienced this with someone I know and love and it’s a disconcerting and heart-wrenching thing.

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  17. Olga October 11, 2018 at 8:24 pm #

    Wonderful image to launch your poetry. I have felt violet blue about some of my past loves when I was very young. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. johannawritest November 3, 2018 at 12:49 am #

    Great poem!

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