Poetry Friday ~ Beginning & Consume

14 Jun

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 I mentioned my trip to New York City in my previous post, so I thought I’d share a few pictures this week. Although I enjoyed my visit to NYC, the huge crowds, hurried pace, peculiar smells, and loudness was not for me. At first, it was exciting but after about six days I was over it. Like the saying goes, NYC is a great place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Of course, millions (8.623 million (2017)) of people live there and love it and that includes my sister Kathy––to each his own.

I would definitely visit again because there are so many amazing things to see and do. If you’ve never been I do recommend you go at least once. You won’t be disappointed.

Beginning and Consume 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.


Hurrying Human Tides


New York

The Big Apple

Fast walkers devour streets

My leisurely Miami pace


St Patrick’s Cathedral seemed incongruous in the midst of the surrounding modern skyscrapers. I was mesmerized by this palatial church’s architecture and luxurious adornments.

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We saw King Kong on Broadway and we loved it! I was so impressed with the puppeteers. They controlled every facial gesture and movement the giant ape made and they almost disappeared into the shadows on the stage as they did so, except in times when they wanted you to see them––it was fascinating.

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Another thrilling part of my trip was visiting the New York Public Library. What an iconic building! The literary treasures they must have stashed away in there. There were special areas where the public could not enter, so of course, my imagination went crazy wondering what literary masterpieces must be hidden from the masses.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed my Cinquain poem and the NYC pictures I shared. Thank you for stopping by and have a happy Friday!


50 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Beginning & Consume”

  1. olganm June 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm #

    Great poem and thanks for sharing, Vashti. I’ve been to New York a few times, but always for short visits, and I guess it didn’t get overwhelming, but I know what you mean. King Kong looks wonderful and libraries… Irresistible! Have a great weekend!

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    • Vashti Q June 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm #

      Hello, my sweet friend! New York is a magical place to visit but I have to do short trips like you did. Thank you! You have a wonderful weekend too! ❤ xo

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  2. Gwen Plano June 14, 2019 at 4:03 pm #

    I loved your photo journey. My 3 sons live in and around NYC, so I’m in the City frequently. ♥

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    • Vashti Q June 14, 2019 at 4:59 pm #

      That’s great, Gwen! One of my sisters and a few cousins live there, so I try to go every couple of years but this trip was one of the best. I had a lot of fun. Thank you! Have a great weekend! ❤ xo


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben June 14, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

    Thank you, for the travelogue in vision and verse! ❤

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author June 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm #

    Love all your pictures, Vashti. King Kong looks amazing. It’s a dream of mine to see a show on Broadway. I think my small town stroll wouldn’t go over well with New Yorkers, either along with the full time manners…lol. Have a great weekend and week:)

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi, Denise! You should definitely plan to see a show on Broadway. We got really lucky with our seats King Kong was practically on top of us. Ha, ha! It was a great experience. You have a wonderful weekend too! ❤ xo

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  5. Colleen Chesebro June 14, 2019 at 5:34 pm #

    What a fun trip, Vashti. Great cinquain to go along with your fabulous photos. The library… I could just live there. ❤

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

      Thank you, Colleen! I’m happy you liked the Cinquain. It’s an amazing library. I would love to see what they have hidden away, though. 😉 ❤

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  6. Jill Weatherholt June 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm #

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing, Vashti. Happy Weekend!

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

      Happy weekend, Jill! I’m happy you liked the photos. Thank you! 😀 xo


  7. Priscilla Bettis June 14, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I’ve seen photos of the church before, but I didn’t realize it was snuggled between skyscrapers. Thanks for sharing your poem and photos!

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi, Priscilla! I was very impressed with the cathedral’s pristine condition. There isn’t a scratch on a pew or anything. They really keep it up and I’m sure there are many wealthy people that make donations to it. It’s an amazing place. The pictures really don’t do it justice. Enjoy your weekend! 😀 xo


  8. Soooz June 14, 2019 at 8:52 pm #

    Loved the poem, Vashti! Thanks so much for sharing these great images. I don’t think I’d ever find enough time to explore the library. I have to wonder about those inaccessible areas. Eeek … shades of Dan Brown.

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm #

      Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. Thank you! Well, good luck with that because there were keypads by the doors and I saw someone come out wearing a lab coat and white gloves. I was dying of curiosity. Yes, very Dan Brown. Ha, ha. ❤ xo

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  9. Linda Mims June 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

    The pictures are amazing, Vashti. The poem, too. Wonder if the library ever displays those treasures for us literary types to look at. Have a great weekend.

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:19 pm #

      Thank you very much, Linda! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I’m sure they do display their hidden treasures to small elite groups for charity events where lots of money is donated to the library (wink-wink). 😀 xo

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  10. robertawrites235681907 June 15, 2019 at 2:09 am #

    What a fabulous post, Vashti. The cathedral is amazing and I also love libraries. When we visited Canterbury Cathedral in 2016 we saw a second addition book of Shakespeare’s play. So awesome. I can’t share to FB any more. So annoying.

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you, Robbie! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It must have been amazing to see Shakespeare’s play. Why can’t you share to FB anymore?


  11. balroop2013 June 15, 2019 at 11:31 am #

    Lovely images Vashti. The first two are stunning…displaying the grandeur of old times. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm #

      Hi, Balroop! St Patrick’s Cathedral is amazing and it’s kept in such pristine condition. Thank you! You have a great weekend too! 😀 xo

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  12. dgkaye June 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm #

    Wonderful Cinquain and thanks for sharing some spectacular photos Vashti. I’m with you on overcrowd. It’s nice to visit places, but it’s always nice to come home. ❤

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

      I’m happy you appreciate the Cinquain and photos, Debby! Yes! No matter how much fun I’m having, at some point I always get homesick. ❤ xo

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  13. merrildsmith June 15, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

    Your poem made me laugh. When we walk in Philadelphia, I always have to slow down for my husband (whose legs are twice as long as mine). 🙂
    It sounds like you had a great trip!

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

      It was a wonderful trip. It isn’t that I can’t walk fast, it’s that I choose to take my time. As I stroll I’m observing everything around me and taking it all in. People, architecture, trees, flowers, birds . . . it all goes into the “Author Box” in my brain for future reference. What’s the point of visiting a new city if you’re going to rush by everything? 😉 xo

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      • merrildsmith June 16, 2019 at 5:41 am #

        I do the same thing, but I just walk quickly–stopping when I see something I want to focus on. My husband walks slowly, but I’m still pointing out things to him! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 17, 2019 at 10:37 am #

      Ha, ha! I don’t miss a thing. 😉

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  14. memadtwo June 15, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    Wonderful photos! I have to admit I am sometimes one of those impatient locals when I’m in midtown…but in my own neighborhood (far uptown) I ramble as well. Stay out of the way of those in suits! (K)

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    • Vashti Q June 15, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

      Ha, ha! Believe me, I did. I do enough running at work and when running errands, so I don’t need to rush during my vacation. 😉

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  15. coldhandboyack June 17, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    That play looks incredible. I might need a library visit as a refuge from all the humanity for a few moments.

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    • Vashti Q June 17, 2019 at 10:42 am #

      King Kong is an amazing show. I was so curious to see how they were going to put a giant gorilla on stage. They did a great job and at times King Kong seemed real. Yes! It was a different world once you went into the library.

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  16. Natalie Ducey June 17, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Amazing, Vashti! The pictures and poem are a delight to see and read. I’m much like you, crowds and fast pace make me anxious. Cheers to you and awesome adventures! Thanks a bunch for sharing your travels with us. Amazing! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 17, 2019 at 10:44 am #

      Thank you very much, Natalie! It was my pleasure. Have a wonderful new week! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Jan Sikes June 17, 2019 at 11:01 am #

    I do love the poem, Vashti! And, the photo journey is fabulous. I would love to visit the New York Public Library!! You got some great shots! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Vashti Q June 17, 2019 at 11:04 am #

      Hi, Jan! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and photos. A trip to NYC is definitely worth it. I loved the library! Thank you, my friend! ❤

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  18. Miriam Hurdle June 18, 2019 at 1:36 am #

    I love your cinquain, Vashti. You tell a great story in so few words. The photos are fabulous. I’m a city girl so I wouldn’t mind the fast pace of NYC. But when I visit cities like NYC, I’m okay to do lot of things during the day, but not being able to stay late for night life anymore. Well, my dream is to go The Met to see the Metropolitan Opera, even though they do live broadcast and HD in the theaters here in southern CA. Seeing it live at NYC would be at least once in a life time experience for me.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

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    • Vashti Q June 19, 2019 at 11:13 am #

      I’ve been to the Met museum but not the opera. That would be a beautiful thing to do. I’d love to see it too. Thank you for visiting and for the lovely comment. ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle June 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

        You’re welcome, Vashti. I just came back from babysitting my granddaughter. ❤

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    • Vashti Q June 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm #

      It’s wonderful that you get to spend so much time with her. Those will be beautiful memories for both you and her. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle June 19, 2019 at 4:21 pm #

        Yes, Vashti. We had such a wonderful time and so much fun. She had me read her favorite book for more than 10 times. We listened to “Wee Sing” and she danced along the music… ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q June 20, 2019 at 9:03 pm #

      So sweet. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  19. mihrank June 18, 2019 at 1:51 am #

    wow – indeed amazing and great history and adventure, reminds me when we performed last year….

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q June 19, 2019 at 11:09 am #

      Hi, Mino! I’m glad the post brought you good memories. Enjoy your week! 🙂



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