Poetry Friday ~ Transition & Harmony

15 May

Hi, everyone!

Kerfe from K. Lines That Aim To Be (Blog) chose this week’s words for Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge. We can’t use the exact words. Instead, we must find synonyms to use in their place.

Transition & Harmony

Poetry Friday-Vashti Quiroz Vega-author-poem-the writer next door-Vashti Q-Tanka
Photo by Tim Marshall


The world is changing

Look at the shape we are in!

Must we all adapt?

Every fight is a chance

Real gain does not come easy

Photo by Hidde Rensink

My editor informed me this morning that I’ll be getting my manuscript back this afternoon. Yay! I’m happy, excited and a little nervous. Even though she’s kept in touch sending updates every Friday, and had always said she hadn’t encountered anything mayor to correct I still can’t help feeling the jitters – that’s just me. Well, this means I will be quite busy this weekend. I can’t wait for you guys to see and hopefully read this book. It’s been the most fun to write so far, and I’m beyond excited about it.

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Enjoy this day and the weekend, and don’t forget to count your blessings!

photo by Shane Rounce

55 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Transition & Harmony”

  1. robbiesinspiration May 15, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

    A great poem, Vashti. Great news about your book. I am impressed you can edit in a weekend, it takes me at least a month.

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 1:43 pm #

      Oh no, I meant I’ll be starting my editing this weekend. It takes me about a month to finish my edits, too. Phew! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem.

      Liked by 1 person

      • robbiesinspiration May 24, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

        Haha, I am glad to know that, I thought my first draft must be quite poor comparatively.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm May 15, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

    Great poem and great news! It doesn’t sound as if you’ll need it, but good luck with the editing, Vasthi!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi, Olga! Thank you very much. I could always use some good fortune, my friend. 😉 ❤


  3. Colleen M. Chesebro May 15, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

    Yay, Vashti! Another new book to read. I love your poetry for this week. Don’t forget to send me a photo for Tuesday’s photo challenge (tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com). It’s your turn. Kudos to you and book editing. You’re a star, Sis. ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi, Sis! Yay! I’m excited about getting to work on it again. I haven’t forgotten about the photo. I’ll be sending that to you today. Thank you for the love and encouragement. You’re the best! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kester James Finley May 15, 2020 at 2:12 pm #

    Great poem this week, thank you for sharing! Awesome news about your book coming back from the editor too! Busy days ahead for you, but so exciting that the big release day is getting closer! 😀 😀 Stay safe out there and have a great weekend.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 2:42 pm #

      Hi, Kester! I’m always thrilled to see you here. I’m happy you enjoyed the Tanka. Yes! It’s going to be a good busy.
      You do the same, my friend. ❤


  5. D.L. Finn, Author May 15, 2020 at 2:39 pm #

    Good news, Vashti! Yay:) I pulled a 21 hour edit after I got my book back a couple weeks ago…whew…in a two day period. But was able to keep it on release schedule.
    I enjoyed the poem and think change is inevitable. Have a great and creativity busy weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q May 15, 2020 at 2:49 pm #

      Wow! That was fast, Denise! Then again, you do everything fast. 😉 I’m too nit-picky to finish that fast. I’ll be working on these edits for about a month. :/
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem. You’re right, change is coming whether we like it or not.
      You have a terrific weekend, too! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  6. John W. Howell May 15, 2020 at 2:43 pm #

    Super poem, Vashti. Congrats on the book.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Teagan R. Geneviene May 15, 2020 at 3:36 pm #

    Marvelous poem, Vashti. Kudos on the editing milestone. Hugs on the wing!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 17, 2020 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi, Teagan! I’m glad you liked the poem. Thank you! Hugs&Kisses ❤


  8. yvettemcalleiro May 15, 2020 at 4:02 pm #

    That’s great news from your editor! Not only did I enjoy this poem, but I loved the photos that you included. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 17, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

      I have a love/hate relationship with the editing process. 😉 I love doing it because I know my book will be the better for it, but boy is it hard. Ha, ha. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and photos. I’m such a “visual” person so I like to use art and photos to depict what I’m saying as well as words. ❤

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  9. Soooz May 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm #

    Whoo-hoo! A new book! Huge congratulations, Vashti! I’m delighted for you. I loved the poem, and like the rest of humanity I’m holding my breath as we venture into our forever changing world again. Stay safe and well, my friend. ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:19 pm #

      Thank you, Suzanne! ❤ I'm happy you enjoyed the poem. Hopefully the powers that be have learned during this time of isolation, and we're headed in a positive direction. You take good care of yourself and stay safe too, my friend.

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  10. Linda Mims May 15, 2020 at 8:32 pm #

    Relevant poem! I wonder how our changed world will look. Good news about your book. Congrats!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi, Linda! I wonder also. Thank you! I’m excited. 😀 xo


  11. memadtwo May 15, 2020 at 8:51 pm #

    I do think we must adapt.
    that’s exciting about your book! (K)

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi, Kerfe! The world is changing and we must go with the flow (to a certain extent) or be left behind. Thank you! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Annette Rochelle Aben May 15, 2020 at 9:38 pm #

    Filled with excitement for you. And grateful to be inspired by someone who knows how to fight the good fight on so many levels! ❤

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:26 pm #

      Oh, Annette! You touched me with your words, my friend. Thank you. I appreciate you so much. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  13. karenringalls May 16, 2020 at 6:38 am #

    Wonderful poem. I am anxious to read your new book. How exciting!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:28 pm #

      I’m glad you liked the poem, Karen. Thank you for the encouragement! You made my day with your comment. ❤ xo


  14. Writing to Freedom May 16, 2020 at 10:09 am #

    Congrats on your new book Vashti.

    Liked by 3 people

  15. Natalie Ducey May 16, 2020 at 10:23 am #

    Beautiful poem and fabulous news, Vashti! Cheering you on, always! xo

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! Thank you, my friend! I know I can always count on you for some sunshine. 😀 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Jan Sikes May 16, 2020 at 10:35 am #

    I love the poem, Vashti. It says so much in such a few words. Congrats on getting the edits back! That’s super exciting because it’s one step closer to the release date! Whoo Hoo!!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! Edits can be tedious but the thought of having a tighter and clearer story in the end motivates me to give it all I’ve got. I’m excited. Yay! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  17. judeitakali May 16, 2020 at 11:33 am #

    A great message Vashti. I was happy to see at least one black hand in there, I was beginning to feel left out 😌

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:46 pm #

      Don’t start with me, Jude! Ha, ha. It’s difficult to say how many black hands there are because some “black” people are light-skinned. You can never feel left out on this blog. I forbid it. 😉 Thank you! ❤


  18. markbierman May 17, 2020 at 8:29 am #

    Great poem! You have nothing to worry about from the editor, you’ve got this, Vashti!

    Liked by 3 people

  19. D. Wallace Peach May 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm #

    A timely poem, Vashti. I do hope that we can make at least some incremental improvements in the world. Sometimes I don’t feel very hopeful. And congrats on getting your book back – that is exciting!

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    • Vashti Q May 20, 2020 at 2:51 pm #

      I hope so too, Diana. It’s difficult to feel hopeful all the time, especially with everything that’s going on. Believe me, I can relate. Thank you! I’m excited. 😀 ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  20. dgkaye May 18, 2020 at 12:52 am #

    Love the poem and the book news Vashti. Congrats on getting closer to publication. You know I am looking very forward to reading. ❤ xx

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  21. Miriam Hurdle May 20, 2020 at 10:13 pm #

    It’s a thoughtful poem, Vashti! I’m glad we’re open to change and adapt. I watched the news several weeks ago about Russia didn’t think they needed to do social distancing. I checked the stats the last six weeks, their cases and deaths climbed from the 18th place to the second in the world.

    I’m so excited for your news. You must have edited a chunk by now. Happy editing and have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend, my friend! ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q May 21, 2020 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! The countries that have been stubborn about the lockdown situation are suffering now.
      I’ve been taking my time with the edits (slow and meticulous). Thank you! Have a terrific rest of the week and weekend too, my friend!
      ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle May 21, 2020 at 9:52 pm #

        Exactly, when Italy first lock down the whole country, it seemed to be so strange. They did the right thing and slowly coming down on the list.

        I could rest this weekend now that I ordered the gift and sent the card to my daughter and son-in-law for their anniversary. They seem to arrive on or before the day.

        I ordered several items for my daughter from Shutterfly for Mother’s day. They were shipped separately and the last item arrived today. I understand this is not a normal time for shipping!!

        Have a nice weekend, my friend! ❤ ❤

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  22. markbierman May 23, 2020 at 8:52 am #

    Wonderful poem, Vashti! I know I’m a day late, so by now I’m sure you’ve received some great feedback from the editor. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • Vashti Q May 23, 2020 at 3:02 pm #

      I have a few revisions to do in order to tighten up the writing but overall it’s going great. Thank you, my friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Cleopatra Trevilcock June 8, 2020 at 10:12 am #

    I believe this is a time for us to be still and recognize that has been protecting us. We live and breath, to name a few, because of Him. This is the time to humble ourselves and know that we need God in our lives and love each other as Jesus requested thousands of years ago. “Beloved, love one another for love is of God.” ~ JC

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