Poetry Friday ~ Give & Shake

13 Dec

Give and Shake 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.

Photo by Jaakko Kemppainen @jaakkok



is dying

Man has planted

seeds of pollution

The world breaks and quivers

as the sun’s flames cease to burn

You’ll welcome Hell’s raging fires

when days turn to nights and our bones freeze

And December will be the cruelest month

Photo by Todd Diemer @todd_diemer

Have a great Friday the 13th!

42 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Give & Shake”

  1. trentpmcd at 4:05 pm #

    A nice, cheerful poem for Friday the 13th πŸ˜‰ lol And, yes, Colleen is great πŸ™‚

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  2. Colleen M. Chesebro at 4:12 pm #

    Well done Vashti. Love it! ❀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. …the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls… and in nature

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  4. Jacquie Biggar at 5:15 pm #

    Umm, bad day? πŸ™‚
    I’d sooner welcome Heaven’s bliss, lol

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    • Vashti Q at 8:46 pm #

      Hi, Jacquie! It’s been a great holiday season so far––no bad days. But the situation with global warming is only getting worse. This is just a reminder of what could happen if we continue to ignore the issue. πŸ˜‰

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  5. coldhandboyack at 6:13 pm #

    Kind of grim, but our environmental outlook is too.

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    • Vashti Q at 8:51 pm #

      That’s the point, Craig. There aren’t enough people taking global warming seriously. Sometimes you have to jolt people with the truth. πŸ™‚

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author at 3:09 am #

    I hope this doesn’t hapoen, but if it does hell would be the place to warm up πŸ™‚ Happy Friday the 13th! Xo

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    • Vashti Q at 8:55 pm #

      Ha, ha. I guess. Of course, I don’t want this to happen either. We need to do something about global warming before it gets to this. ❀ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  7. robbiesinspiration at 6:02 am #

    This is rather a sad outlook, Vashti. I hope we can stop it before this.

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    • Vashti Q at 9:00 pm #

      I hope we can stop this from happening also, Robbie. It’s a sad but realistic outlook because too many continue to turn a blind eye on global warming.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. merrildsmith at 7:34 am #

    Very bleak, but it does seem like we’re headed this way.

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Jan Sikes at 10:54 am #

    Chilling, true and great use of the prompt, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. karenringalls at 12:19 pm #

    The cold Decembers in MN are memories now. We live in Florida and I am cold when it gets below 70! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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    • Vashti Q at 9:08 pm #

      I can relate, Karen. I grew up in NYC and now live in Florida. I feel the same. I believe we have a real issue with global warming, and people need to be jolted with the truth about it from time to time. πŸ™‚


  11. dgkaye at 7:01 pm #

    Sounds so ominous Vashti, But I can’t say I haven’t had some similar thoughts. Let’s hope for better ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 9:10 pm #

      Hi, Debby! I think the time for hoping has come and gone. We need to act or suffer the consequences of our inaction. ❀ xo

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye at 9:58 am #

        You are so right my friend. Actions speak louder than hope! ❀ ❀

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  12. tracikenworth at 9:05 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Awesome, Vashti!

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  13. Annika Perry at 3:52 am #

    Vashti, a seriously excellent poem on a very serious topic that touches us all! I love its power and bleakness … this way the message may one day be heeded!

    Hope you had a lovely weekend, my friend! πŸ˜€

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 7:01 pm #

      I had a wonderful weekend, Annika. I hope you did too. Thank you for being so understanding. We can’t afford to keep turning a blind eye to this problem. Enjoy the new week, my friend! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  14. memadtwo at 7:48 am #

    A sad vision of the future I hope we wake up and avert. (K)

    Liked by 2 people

  15. D. Wallace Peach at 11:14 am #

    A dark one, Vashti. But a fair warning of darker days to come. Excellent take on the prompts!


    • Vashti Q at 6:53 pm #

      Hi, Diana! Hopefully, it won’t get that far, but we should really get off our arses and do something. πŸ˜‰ Thank you, my friend! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  16. parkermccoy at 4:26 am #

    That’s a terrifying picture you paint, but it is vivid and interesting. Haha. Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q at 3:04 pm #

      Ha, ha. It did turn out a bit more negative than intended, but I wanted to be sure the message came across. πŸ˜‰ Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

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