Poetry Friday ~ Influence & Perception

21 Jun

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Welcome, everyone! Thank you for visiting.

Influence and Perception 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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When your soul is bared

the judgment of others is

so often unfair.

Don’t let their opinions

control the way you reason.

You’re criticized by

what makes you unique––

opinions, not facts. 

You know you’re doing something

right when people are talking.

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48 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Influence & Perception”

  1. mysticisminnewburyport June 21, 2019 at 4:14 pm #

    Well, to be able to put a big smile on your face would make my day. You have been very kind and supportive to me and I never forget the ones that have helped me on my journey. Vashti’s books are incredible reads written by a sweet, kind, generous woman who I have had the privilege to know, Peter James Ford author of ‘Mysticism in Newburyport’ 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 21, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Peter. I believe indie authors should support one another. Happy 1st Day of Summer! 😀 xo


      • mysticisminnewburyport June 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

        Thank you, Yes, I have learnt a lot about this process of being an Indie author and I will always pass/forward to support all new or old Indie authors. I have found such a great community for me and I am very grateful. I was pleasantly surprised to find such kind, helpful people and I feel safe enough to let down my guard. This is the type of people I want in my life, like you. Thanks for always pointing me in the right direction with great advice. I truly enjoy seeing your career take off, I see you in so many venues now, it is great, your friend, Peter

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    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 8:21 pm #

      Awww. You’re going to make me cry, Peter. What a sweet comment. I’m happy you had such a pleasant experience. There really are many friendly, generous, kind, and talented people in our writing circles. I feel very blessed to be among them. Thanks again for your wonderful comment.😊


  2. Priscilla Bettis June 21, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

    You’re right. We can’t let others’ opinions of us control the way we reason. Each of us has to follow a path that makes sense for our circumstances.

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    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 7:25 pm #

      Thank you, Priscilla❣️ Very insightful words.


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben June 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm #

    I forgot what actor once said he didn’t mind when people stopped him for autographs… it would bother him when they would STOP!

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  4. John W. Howell June 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm #

    Happy first day of summer Vashti. Good poem.

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  5. Bette A. Stevens June 21, 2019 at 7:50 pm #

    Thanks for thexo inspiring poem, Vashti. Wishing you a blessed and beautiful summer! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

      I’m happy you found the Tanka inspiring, Bette. You have a wonderful summer too❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Jacquie Biggar June 21, 2019 at 8:32 pm #

    Love this, Vashti. So true!

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  7. memadtwo June 21, 2019 at 10:18 pm #

    I especially like those last two lines! (K)

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  8. Colleen Chesebro June 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

    How fabulous, Vashti. I love your message. ❤

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  9. Soooz June 21, 2019 at 10:31 pm #

    A fabulous message conveyed beautifully. Bravo, my friend.

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author June 21, 2019 at 11:28 pm #

    Very truthful poem, Vashti! Good way to look at it. Happy first day of summer:)

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  11. balroop2013 June 21, 2019 at 11:32 pm #

    I agree with you Vashti, you would be criticised only if you do something different or unique. In fact I believe that critics are best friends, as they acquaint us with our imperfections.
    Wishing you a wonderful summer.

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    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm #

      I always welcome constructive criticism but cruel remarks are unnecessary. I like the way you think, Balroop. Thank you. Wishing you a happy summer too!💗

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  12. markbierman June 22, 2019 at 6:14 am #

    Well said, Vashti. Too often judgement and opinions are made long before all the facts are known or considered. You are a talented and supportive author. Keep on doing what you do! Enjoy your summer!

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    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

      Thank you for the kind and wise words, Mark! You have a great summer too, my friend❣️


  13. Natalie Ducey June 22, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

    Poignant and powerful, Vashti! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Saturday! XO

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 8:09 pm #

      Happy Saturday, Natalie! Thank you as always, my sweet friend.🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Cleopatra Trevilcock June 22, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    Wow! I was about to comment could not help but read the others and can only say, I am so proud of you Sis! All of your hard work is touching so many lives and what better legacy to leave behind. Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q June 22, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

      Thanks so much for the awesome comment, Cleo❣️ I appreciate you.


  15. Elizabeth June 23, 2019 at 7:44 pm #

    Lovely, as I thought! Have a great summer!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. dgkaye June 23, 2019 at 9:50 pm #

    Right on Vashti! I loved this ❤

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  17. Miriam Hurdle June 24, 2019 at 8:11 pm #

    You’re exactly right, Vashti! I love this poem. Have a wonderful week.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Jan Sikes June 27, 2019 at 10:26 pm #

    I love what you did with this challenge, Vashti! Very well done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q June 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! I appreciate the visit and lovely comment. Happy Friday! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Robert Matthew Goldstein June 28, 2019 at 3:04 pm #

    Excellent post, Vashti. Too many people live in fear of opinions of other people.

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  20. robbiesinspiration June 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm #

    These poems are very insightful, Vashti.

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  21. Forrest Stepnowski July 9, 2019 at 3:30 pm #


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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm #

      Thank you, Forrest! I’m happy you liked the poem. ❤ xo



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