Poetry Friday ~ Afraid & Grave

2 Nov

Hello, everyone! Welcome.

I’m taking part in Colleen Chesebro’s Halloween edition of Tanka Tuesday. I’m sharing an Etheree poem today.

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Author, Colleen Chesebro

Afraid and Grave 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, Etheree 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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Angel Of Death




bony hands

don’t be fearful

The angel of death

where she leads you follow

to your final resting place

into the darkness this night you

must go, lest her cold claws grab your feet

and sharp fangs bite into your very soul

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Have a wonderful day!

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If you’re a book-dragon like me, you enjoy reading lots of books. Don’t forget to leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads. The review doesn’t have to be long or fancy. A couple of sentences will do and it would mean the world to the author. Thank you!

46 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Afraid & Grave”

  1. Colleen Chesebro November 2, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    This is fabulous, Vashti. I do love your book dragon at the bottom of your post too. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you very much, Colleen! I love your witch picture as you can see. Have a Happy Friday and weekend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 2 people

  2. D.L Finn, Author November 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    That was a fun form of poetry, Vashti! I liked the chilling effect of your words. Very Halloweeny. Also, I like the new sleek look of your website. Have a wonderful weekend:)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Denise! Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. I’m having fun trying out the different poetry forms. Happy Friday and great weekend! 😀 xo

      Liked by 2 people

  3. olganm November 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Very appropriate poem today, Vashti! Have a great weekend!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! I’m happy you approve. Happy Friday and weekend!
      😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Annette Rochelle Aben November 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

    Alright! Alright… I’ll go! Geesh, just keep them dang fangs away, eh?

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Priscilla Bettis November 2, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

    Fabulous poem and appropriately creepy!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Kester James Finley November 2, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Bearded Scribbler.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Kester James Finley November 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    I gotta get me one of those book dragons lol, love it! Really enjoyed the theme this week and the poetry. 😀 What a great and creepy way to leave October, thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 2, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

      I’m so happy you think so, my friend. I do enjoy the month of October. Thank you for stopping by and always being so fabulous! Happy Friday and weekend! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  8. globalchange145 November 2, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    Very nice post!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. merrildsmith November 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm #


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  10. Jill Weatherholt November 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm #

    Wonderful job, Vashti! Perfect to close out Halloween week. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Ben, Munro buddy and budding dog-poet November 2, 2018 at 6:16 pm #

    Seriously spooky Vashti, My “very soul” is quaking. Thank you so much for making a comment on my blog too. Love Ben xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 3, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Ben. I’m glad I spooked you with my poem. 😉 ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Hélène Vaillant November 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Spooky! Very good Etheree, love it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Hélène! Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Gwen Plano November 2, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

    Wow, truly amazing, Vashti. You’ve captured the Halloween spirit and created a few chills! Great job. ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  14. the dark netizen November 3, 2018 at 2:37 am #

    Quite creepy! 🙂
    Nice one!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Annika Perry November 3, 2018 at 6:33 am #

    Terrific powerful and dark poem, Vashti and works perfectly in this format building up the tension! Also a good reminder about reviews. Xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 3, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi Annika! That’s what I enjoy most about this style of poetry like you said as you read tension builds with the addition of words. As authors, we all know how important those reviews are, but it doesn’t hurt to give a reminder once in a while. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Olga November 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Creepy description of the angel of death, especially cold claws dragging one by the feet. The stuff of horror movies. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm #

      Hi Olga. I think most people fear death, so this poem plays on that fear. I wrote a short story about the angel of death that puts him (it’s a him in my story) in a more romantic and sympathetic light. https://wp.me/p3eYyj-G1 ❤ xo

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  17. tracikenworth November 3, 2018 at 11:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Miriam Hurdle November 4, 2018 at 12:03 am #

    Spooky Etheree but very nice, Vashti. ❤ I love the book dragon and the appropriate message. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

      Yay! Thank you, Miriam! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle November 5, 2018 at 2:31 am #

        You’re welcome, Vashti. ❤ I scheduled the book launch post for midnight so that I could go to bed!! ❤ xox

        Liked by 1 person

  19. dgkaye November 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

    Loved this Vashti and the images were perfect! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  20. robertawrites235681907 November 5, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Wow, Vashti, this is a very creepy poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 5, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

      With prompt words like “afraid” and “grave” it’s going to be creepy. 😉 Thank you, my friend.



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