Poetry Friday ~ A Photo Prompt

24 Apr

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 174 Photo Prompt

Jude, from Tales Told Different, selected the photo for this month’s challenge.

Hello! I hope everyone is safe, healthy and having a fabulous day so far.


Once upon a time they used to burn us

Because in our gaze there is a snare

And we dance beneath the glitter

of a starry night, singing

We float with subtle grace

over Mother Earth

drawing circles

in the air

to end


I hope you enjoyed my Etheree. When I saw the prompt picture I immediately thought of a witch. The kind that knows what to do with herbs outside the kitchen. ;D

A quick update: The 3rd installment of my Fantasy Angels Series is still with my editor (she works on several manuscripts at a time). I can’t wait to get it back. In the meantime, I’ve had an idea for a crime thriller gnawing at my brain for quite some time, so I’ve started on that. I’ve written a loose outline, some character arcs and began my first draft a couple of days ago. I’m excited about it so I’m writing as much as possible while the juices are flowing.

Keep an eye out for a contest involving this book (Coming Soon).

64 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ A Photo Prompt”

  1. D.L. Finn, Author April 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

    Your poem made me think about how when people don’t understand something, they fearfully lash out or try to control it. I’m looking forward to the third book:) Let me know if you want help with the release!

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:22 pm #

      That’s exactly right, Denise. Fear makes people do the most horendous things. Aww. That makes me so excited to put it out there already. I would love your help with the release. It’ll probably be late summer. Thank you! 😀 ❤

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  2. yvettemcalleiro April 24, 2020 at 3:37 pm #

    I love your interpretation of the picture and your poem. I’m so excited that you are writing a new book. I, too, am writing again, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm #

      Thank you, Yvette! I’m excited for the two of us! I’m happiest when I’m writing. 😀 xo

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  3. Kester James Finley April 24, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

    Love the poem! Happy to hear you’re writing a new book and can not wait to get my hands on the 3rd installment of your Fantasy Angels Series. Best of luck in all you do!! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm #

      Hi, Kester! Thank you! You’re so awesome, I appreciate you. All the best to you too! ❤


  4. Teagan R. Geneviene April 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm #

    Marvelous, Vashti! It feels like… harmonic resonance! 😀 Hugs on the wing.

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:32 pm #

      Thanks for the fabulous comment, Teagan! Hugs & Kisses! ❤ xo


  5. Gwen M. Plano April 24, 2020 at 8:04 pm #

    You are so talented, Vashti! I was not only amazed, but I also traveled back a couple decades to when I visited Salem. Wow…I didn’t expect that!

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

      That means so much coming from you, Gwen! Thank you. You made my weekend. ❤


  6. Annette Rochelle Aben April 25, 2020 at 8:04 am #

    Lovely tribute!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jan Sikes April 25, 2020 at 8:39 am #

    Your poem in response to the photo prompt is perfect! I think all of us who practice holistic medicine and perform rituals are Descendents of those misunderstood “witches” of old. 🙂 How exciting to have started a new project. There is nothing like the excitement!! Whoo Hoo!

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:43 pm #

      That’s exactly right, Jan! What people considered peculiar and frightening then is embraced by so many now. Thank you!
      It is very exciting. Although, when I get my manuscript back from my editor I’ll have to stop writing and focus on editing, but that’s okay. Yay! ❤

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  8. judeitakali April 25, 2020 at 10:17 am #

    That’s a gorgeous etheree Vashti and the fantasy Angels theory is definitely worth a look

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  9. coldhandboyack April 25, 2020 at 11:06 am #

    A crime thriller could be a lot of fun. I need to write a short story for a project I was invited to, but mine will be more detective than thrills.

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    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 4:58 pm #

      I love thrillers, especially crime thrillers so this is a long time coming. Mine is about a serial killer in NYC. It involves the 19th Precinct in the Upper East Side and the FBI. My main character is an FBI agent. So again, I’m going to have to do a lot of research for this one. I’ve scheduled an interview with an FBI agent (a friend of a friend), and I have a questionnaire ready for him. He, he.

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    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 12:05 pm #

      I’m sure I’ll bounce between fantasy, horror, and thriller which are my favorite genres to write and read. My short novel ‘Memoir of a Mad Woman’ is a psychological thriller/horror. It’s been doing well, and readers have asked me for more. My crime thriller is inspired by this novelette. 🙂

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  10. Natalie Ducey April 25, 2020 at 11:34 am #

    Love this, Vashti! Cheering you on! Wishing you a joyful, relaxing weekend. xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm #

      Thank you for your support and encouragement, Natalie! You have a relaxing weekend, too. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  11. balroop2013 April 25, 2020 at 12:38 pm #

    Wishing you great success with your new venture Vashti, a crime thriller from your imaginative muse would be intense! Happy writing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 25, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you so much, Balroop! I’m excited that you think so. All the best to you, my friend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  12. mihrank April 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm #

    Vashti, what can I say for this stunning and creative post, the title and the content of your post speaks loudly and this journey brings you much more success:)

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  13. dgkaye April 25, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

    Ok, there’s a lot here today. First, I love the poem – us witches. Secondly, okay, not even a crumb of a hint what Book 3 is called, as I anxiously await it? And wow, now you’re switching genres. Go you!!! ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 11:54 am #

      Hi, Debby! I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. You and Colleen did pop into my mind a few times as I wrote it. 😉
      You’re right, I should have mentioned the title which is ‘The Rise of Gadreel.’
      I’ve always identified myself as a writer of fantasy, horror, and thriller. I wanted to finish my Fanatsy Angels Series before writing a book of a different genre. Although, my short story ‘Memoir of a Mad Woman’ is a psychological thriller/horror. It is the inspiration behind my next book tentatively called, ‘The Guardian Angel Killer.’
      Thank you, my friend! ❤ xo

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      • dgkaye April 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

        Oooh, thanks for that! I look sooooooooooo forward to reading the Rise of Gadreel, can’t wait!!!! When do you anticipate publishing? Still waiting to book you in for a little Q and A when you do! 🙂 And now looking forward to the new genre book! ❤ xxx

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    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      I’m ecstatic that you’re looking forward to the 3rd book in the series! I’m aiming for late summer/early fall. I’m excited to do the Q&A with you. Hugs & kisses. ❤

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      • dgkaye April 26, 2020 at 2:44 pm #

        I have a spot reserved when you’re ready!!! Don’t forget me for ARC time ❤

        Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

      How could I forget you? 😉 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  14. robbiesinspiration April 26, 2020 at 11:42 am #

    A great poem, VAshti. I hope you are well and staying safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 11:56 am #

      Thank you, Robbie. I’m glad you liked the Etheree. My family and I are doing good. I hope all is well with you, too. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  15. jazzytower April 26, 2020 at 2:25 pm #

    Love the airiness of this….and the ability to cure plagues😊
    Congrats on the new book!


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    • Vashti Q April 26, 2020 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi, Pat! I’m glad you like the poem. Thank you! 😀 xo


  16. D. Wallace Peach April 26, 2020 at 6:58 pm #

    We could used a good witch about now. Lovely poem, Vashti.

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  17. merrildsmith April 27, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    Lovely, Vashti! I hope your witch gets to work soon! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  18. memadtwo April 27, 2020 at 8:24 am #

    What a wonderful interpretation of the photo! And congratulations! (K)

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  19. H.R.R. Gorman April 27, 2020 at 2:53 pm #

    I can see why Colleen chose this! Great job!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q April 27, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      Aww. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I’m ecstatic that Colleen chose this poem! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  20. OIKOS™-Publishing April 29, 2020 at 5:46 pm #

    Wonderful solved, vashti1 Thank you for beeing part of it. If i am rembering right, you are the only one which saw a witch in the image. 😉 Best wishes, stay well and save. Michael

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  21. karenringalls April 30, 2020 at 8:50 am #

    I love your poem and what inspired you. You are very talented. I am anxious to read your newest book when it comes out.

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    • Vashti Q April 30, 2020 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank you for your encouraging and kind words, Karen❣️They mean a great deal coming from you. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. I can’t wait to release The Rise of Gadreel. I hope you enjoy it when you read it. Stay safe and healthy.❤️♥️❤️


  22. Miriam Hurdle May 2, 2020 at 11:19 am #

    Your poem created its own vivid imagery and I enjoyed it, Vashti. Well done. You have a lot going on which is wonderful. Release The Rise of Gadreel is soon enough and I look forward to down load it. I’ll be happy to promote it. I enjoyed “The Momoir” so your next book sounds exciting. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! 💖☀️

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    • Vashti Q May 2, 2020 at 2:27 pm #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the poems, Miriam. Thank you very much for offering to help me with the release for “The Rise of Gadreel” that’s awesome. I can’t wait to get it back from my editor and get it out there. I’m happy you enjoyed “Memoir of a Mad Woman” and that you’re excited about my next thriller. I appreciate you! Thank you so much. ❤ xo


      • Miriam Hurdle May 2, 2020 at 6:11 pm #

        I’m happy for your writing adventure, Vashti. My children’s story is done for editing. I’ve been writing the descriptions of the illustrations. I also have a couple people who could do the formatting. 💖😍

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    • Vashti Q May 4, 2020 at 8:16 pm #

      That’s exciting news, Miriam! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it. 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Miriam Hurdle May 5, 2020 at 3:50 am #

        I’m excited about that also. I guess once I asked a few people to help, they kind of got me going. And when I contacted the editor, illustrator, and formatting guy, they pushed me also because they wanted me to hire their services.

        In fact I wasn’t all clear of what I was asking, but got a lot of communication before ordering each service. I’ll place the order for the illustration tomorrow. Then I’ll order the formatting and he’ll just send me an invoice because my story is ready but the artwork is not done. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 21, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

      You’re on your way. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  23. markbierman May 6, 2020 at 8:11 am #

    Beautiful poem on a tragic time in history. I enjoy your writing and look forward to reading what comes next!

    Liked by 1 person

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