Poetry Friday ~ Ghost & Hollow

19 Oct

Hi, everyone and welcome to my blog!

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Ghost and Hollow 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.

If you’re looking for scary creatures and monsters look no further than the bible, especially the book of revelations.

Here are some of the monsters in the Bible:

Leviathan – This creature is described in the book of Job as a massive sea-monster who’s resistant to human weapons, breathes fire, and emits smoke from his nostrils.

The Dragon – Another beast from Revelation, the great Dragon is described as having seven heads and ten horns. He also has a tail capable of sweeping a third of the stars out of the sky. Some scholars identify this dragon as Satan himself.

Behemoth – In Job, one of the Bible’s oldest books, the Behemoth is described as a gigantic, powerful creature that can only be tamed by God. His tail is so large that it ‘moves like a cedar.’

In the book of Revelations there are two other unnamed monsters that rise from the ocean to reek havoc on Earth.

The Behemoth and Leviathan are also mentioned in the ancient Book of Enoch.

Fun Fact: According to the Book of Enoch, Book of Jubilees and Dead Sea Scrolls Noah (from Noah’s Ark) was the first albino in recorded history.

In Revelations, Abaddon is described as “Destroyer”, the angel of the abyss, and as the king of an army of locusts resembling horses with crowned human faces, long women’s hair, lions’ teeth, wings, iron breast-plates, and a tail with a scorpion’s stinger that torments for five months anyone who does not have the seal of God on their foreheads. This angel also appears in the Jewish scriptures and is the theme of my Etheree poem.

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“Out Of The Pit” by Rodney Mathew


(Abaddon’s Locusts)



of the void

he summons his

vast plague of locusts

to make phantoms of men

with tails of scorpions they

sting their victims, so painful the wound

that men shall seek death, and shall not find it

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Enjoy your day!





51 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Ghost & Hollow”

  1. Ritu October 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    Great poem Vashti!

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  2. H.R.R. Gorman October 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Wow, this one is fantastic – I love the research and background info. Absolutely top notch!

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

      Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you! 😀


  3. olganm October 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Wow! I like angels but I’d prefer not to meet this one and his horde. Thanks, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

      Ha, ha! I hear you. There’s an entire hierarchy of angels and they have different positions. Some are beautiful and some are scary. Have a wonderful weekend! 😀 xx


  4. Colleen Chesebro October 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Wow, Vashti! The horrors those creatures could wreak upon the land. Your creativity inspires me each week. Excellent Etheree and holy c*!p! I’m terrified now! Happy Friday, indeed! 😀 ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Ha, ha! I didn’t want to do the typical ghosts and goblins thing but I wanted to convey the creepy feeling that people expect this month. Thank you for the kind words, my friend. Enjoy the weekend! ❤ xx


  5. Olga October 19, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

    “Angel of the void” is such a scary read, especially the ending. Perfect for Halloween.

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

      I’m so happy you think so, Olga! Thank you. Have a great weekend! ❤


  6. Annette Rochelle Aben October 19, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

    You are truly mastering these etheree poems. Fine job. Have a great weekend. ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank you, Annette! These are so much fun. You have a great weekend too! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Gwen Plano October 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    Powerful poem, Vashti. Scary haunting images. You’ve captured it very effectively. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q October 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm #

      Thank you, Gwen! I hope they didn’t scare you too much. 😉 Enjoy your weekend! 😀 xx


  8. Jill Weatherholt October 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm #

    Eek! I’m such a chicken…your poem is going to make me check under the bed tonight. 🙂 Great job, Vashti. Happy Weekend!

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    • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

      Ha, ha! Oh, Jill, you’re just like one of my sisters. Thank you! Happy weekend! 😀 xx


  9. D.L Finn, Author October 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

    That would be painful way to go! Love the poem and theme! Very scary stuff…

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    • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

      It sure would be. Ouch! I’m happy you liked the poem and theme. Thank you! Happy Saturday! 😀 xx

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  10. Miriam Hurdle October 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    Wow, this Etheree is excellent, Vashti. I love angels and believe in angels. We have been protected by angels countless times. She sat next to me on my son-in-law’s mother’s deathbed. She told me someone sat next to me even though I could see her (must be a she angel, according to Kathy’s description).

    I also won’t forget that the one tempting us was a fallen angel. There are enough creepy creatures in revelation that scare me and I don’t want to meet them in hell…

    Thank you for the treat of your post.

    A wonderful weekend to you! ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm #

      Thank you very much, Miriam! There are all kinds of angels with different functions; guardian angels, warrior angels, messenger angels . . . There are angels I wouldn’t want to meet anywhere. 😮

      Have a wonderful weekend too! ❤ xx

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      • Miriam Hurdle October 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

        Yes, I know. I encountered an angel in disguise to meet me and answer my secret question. 🙂 There was a guardian angel who protect our house when intruders came. ❤ My husband's friend gave us a wedding gift of a plaque with a saying :This Home is Protected by Angles. I have it hung outside the door for 24 years. ❤ xox

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      • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

        That’s a beautiful gift, Miriam. You simply must write a post about your angel encounters and write a poem to go with it. That would be an awesome post. 😉 ❤ xx

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      • Miriam Hurdle October 20, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

        I wrote a poem about the angel in disguise. Maybe I’ll post it soon.
        The one about intruders, my husband may not want me to post it.
        I wrote a non-fiction story about Kathy for an anthology. Because the details are not 100% factual, my son-in-law was upset, also, it reminded him of his mom passing just four years ago.
        Thank you for your encouragement, good to talk with you about angels. ❤ xox 🙂

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      • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

        It’s always great talking to you too, Miriam. Thank you. ❤ xox

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      • Miriam Hurdle October 20, 2018 at 7:11 pm #

        You’re welcome, Vashti. ❤ xox

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  11. Annika Perry October 20, 2018 at 4:04 am #

    Yikes! A terrific and terrifying Etheree poem, Vashti … a tour de force! One that will stay with me … especially as darkness descends here in the forest in Sweden at night!

    I enjoyed reading the research into the monsters from the Bible … very interesting. This is giving me the shivers!

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    • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

      Ha, ha! Thank you, Annika! You live in a forest in Sweden? That sounds like a fairy tale dream, my friend! I would love to see pictures. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. 😀 xx

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      • Annika Perry October 20, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

        Vashti, I live in a small village in England but my mother has two summer cabins in the forest in Sweden and we’re here now putting them to ‘bed’ for the winter. How true it is like a fairy tale … wonderfully so and I feel very lucky to experience two such different worlds! I loved your post and your poem has stayed with me! 😀 ps. I have posted about my ‘adventures’ here in Sweden in previous years which should hopefully be easy to find if you would like to see a bit about them.xx

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      • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

        You are very lucky, Annika! Both England and Sweden are on my “Bucket List”, so I look forward to visiting some day soon. I will definitely look those up. Thank you! ❤

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  12. Deb Whittam October 20, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    What a wonderful verse 😊

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  13. D. Wallace Peach October 20, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Wow, Vashti. You outdid yourself on this one. The stories from the bible are fascinating and you created a chilling Etheree. I have the chills. Yikes. Smoothly and flawlessly done!

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    • Vashti Q October 20, 2018 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you, Diana! That means a lot coming from you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. 😀 xx

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  14. Teagan R. Geneviene October 20, 2018 at 10:02 am #

    Marvelous for this time of year Vashti — or any time for that matter. Hugs.

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

      Thank you, Teagan! I wanted to go a different route for this time of year while still bringing on the chill factor. 😉 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  15. dgkaye October 20, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

    Wowza Vashti, this was a frightening beauty! The story you told to go with the chilling etheree was gripping!!!! I can’t wait to read your new book. ❤ 🙂

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  16. Hélène Vaillant October 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm #

    Wow,. (yuck, it must be awful ), lovely poetry, imagery is so real…good response to the prompt Vashti.

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  17. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. October 21, 2018 at 5:44 am #

    Brilliant Vashti…♥

    Liked by 1 person

  18. memadtwo October 25, 2018 at 4:09 am #

    vivid images (K)

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  19. merrildsmith October 26, 2018 at 1:59 pm #

    Your “have a nice day” after listing the horrors the angel is going to bring made me laugh. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


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