Poetry Friday ~ Poet’s Choice

9 Oct
Photo by Joanna Kosinska

Welcome, everyone! This week is ‘Poet’s Choice’ on Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge. Poets can choose their own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. I’ve chosen to share a witchy Etheree poem and a couple of quotes today.

“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower, both strange and familiar.”


She had a mother that didn’t love her

that lied to her about her true worth

that singe her eyebrows with her sneers

taught her nothing of true love

so she dreamt of evil

writing purged the gloom

books gave her joy

nature taught

her to


“Do not let anyone tell you the next few months won’t be crazy. We have two full moons in October. An Eclipse in November. An Eclipse in December, and we close the year with a full moon December 29, 2020. This is wild card energy.”

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you liked the post. Enjoy the rest of the day!

54 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Poet’s Choice”

  1. Priscilla Bettis October 9, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    So many people can relate to your poem. It’s a beautiful expression of a difficult topic.

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    • Vashti Q October 9, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

      Thank you, Priscilla. Although it’s not my reality, I know several people who did suffer this, so this poem is for them. Books, poetry, writing, drawing––the arts in general can change people and save lives. 🙂


  2. olganm October 9, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

    Beautiful and, as Prisiclla says, very true for a lot of people. I also love the quotes, particularly the first one. I hadn’t thought about it, but yes. It’s true. Happy weekend, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q October 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi, Olga! I believe it’s absolutely true. Thank you. You have a great weekend too. 😀


  3. John W. Howell October 9, 2020 at 3:49 pm #

    Lot’s to think about here, Vashti. Keeping oneself in a book is a fascinating concept. I used to keep all the books I read on various shelves. Pretty soon I ran out of space and so I stored them in what I thought was a safe place. A flood came and took them all. (Some of me with them.)

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    • Vashti Q October 9, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

      Oh, John. Thanks for sharing this! I used to do the same thing. My room was filled with books. It is still very difficult for me to get rid of a book, especially one I loved and read more than once. ❤

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  4. Colleen M. Chesebro October 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm #

    Well done, my dear sister… Did we have the same step-mother? We’re in for a wild ride, for sure. Buckle up. Loved your poem. ❤

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  5. robbiesinspiration October 10, 2020 at 5:32 am #

    A very sad and powerful poem, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:14 am #

      Yes. It was inspired by a friend’s story. Thank you, Robbie. ❤


  6. coldhandboyack October 10, 2020 at 9:44 am #

    I think your poem is a reality for many. I’m always impressed with the graphics you use. I’m obviously a visual person.

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:20 am #

      Hi, Craig. You’re right about that. Thank you. I’m a visual person too. I get the images from different places. I’m a member of DeviantArt. I also know some photographers and artists that allow me to use their work. I use unsplash sometimes too. The second image from the top is my own. I gathered some things I had around the house and took a picture of my current read ‘The Night Circus’ for Instagram. Whenever I could use one of my photos or drawings I try to do that. 😀

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  7. Annette Rochelle Aben October 10, 2020 at 10:47 am #

    Soft tears falling… ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:21 am #

      Awww. I know you well enough to know why, my friend. Love ya! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Natalie Ducey October 10, 2020 at 10:56 am #

    A powerful piece, Vashti! I hope you’re doing well. 2020 is definitely a wild ride. Stay safe, my friend. xo

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:23 am #

      Hi, Natalie! Thank you! I’m doing great despite all that’s been happening in south Florida. Thank God. You stay safe and healthy, my friend. 🙂 xo

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  9. yvettemcalleiro October 10, 2020 at 11:10 am #

    I, too, have a storage bin (or two) filled with books I cannot part with for they hold a piece of me within them. I kept them hoping to share them with a future daughter. My son turned out to enjoy a different genre from the one I loved as a child. So, now I hold onto them to share with a future grand-daughter. Or at least, that’s my excuse. 😉

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:30 am #

      Ha, ha. I’ve shared some of my books with my nieces and nephews and a couple of friends. There are a few books I’ve read several times already. Now, with all the books I have laying around the house and in my Kindle I just hope I have enough time on Earth to get to them all. I wish I was like some people who can read several books at a time and finish 4 books over a weekend. I don’t know how they do that. 🙂

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      • yvettemcalleiro October 16, 2020 at 6:34 am #

        Neither do I. It’s one book at a time for me. I’m just hoping to win the lotto so I can stay home and read (and write) all day. Lol! 😉

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  10. Writing to Freedom October 10, 2020 at 11:45 am #

    Poignant prose Vashti and a nice etheree. It might be time for me to write another one.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Stephen Geez October 10, 2020 at 2:30 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Another great Poetry Friday Poet’s Choice post–thanks, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks for the reblog, Stephen! 😀 xo


  12. D.L. Finn, Author October 10, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

    I really felt this poem deeply, Vashti. It was powerful.
    Wordpress unsubcribed my notice for your blog. Glad I saw it on Twitter:) It’s all fixed, but I wish it would stop doing that! Have a great weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:38 am #

      Hi, Denise. Thank you very much. So that’s what’s happening? I thought I was going crazy. I would run across certain blogs and think, ‘I thought I was already following this blog.’ So I guess I should check every so often to make sure wordpress hasn’t done the same to me. Enjoy the new week! ❤


  13. Soooz October 10, 2020 at 3:03 pm #

    This one touched me deeply, Vashti. Powerful, thoughtful, and moving. Books have always offered me a wonderful means of escape. 😊

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:41 am #

      Hi, Suzanne. I thought of you when I was done writing it. Thank you very much, my friend. Yes, for me too. ❤

  14. balroop2013 October 11, 2020 at 12:38 pm #

    I love that first quote Vashti…we do leave a lot inside the books we read.
    Your poem is powerful, I have never tried this form of poetry, it sounds easy?
    Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:48 am #

      I think it would be very easy for you, Balroop. An etheree is a syllabic poem of ten lines. Each line should have the equivalent amount of syllables. Line one – one syllable, line two – two syllables . . . . This one is reversed. I’m sure you can write a magnificent etheree. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  15. dgkaye October 11, 2020 at 10:10 pm #

    Powerful, sad, scary, and 100% I agree. Buckle up buttercup as the saying goes. We’re all hanging on about something and a storm is brewing. ❤ Hugs xx

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:52 am #

      Let’s see what the future holds. These are very uncertain times and those that suffer from anxiety and drepression are the most vulnerable. We need to check on our family and friends often and stay strong and positive. Hugs & kisses ❤ xo

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      • dgkaye October 14, 2020 at 10:35 am #

        So true Vashti. And the so many who never suffered with anxiety before who have joined the ranks of worry. Peace be with us all and love flowing back to you. ❤ ❤

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    • Vashti Q October 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

      Thank you, my friend. Love ya! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Jan Sikes October 12, 2020 at 11:49 am #

    You are so right about the wild energy, Vashti! 2020 has been full of planetary craziness. I love your Etheree. It expresses such emotion and sadness. Well-done! Here’s to buckling up a little tighter for the ride ahead!

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 9:56 am #

      I’m so happy you liked my Etheree, Jan. Thank you! Yes, we need to buckle up and be strong and positive. Have a great new week!

      Liked by 1 person

  17. karenringalls October 12, 2020 at 11:56 am #

    Wow! Vashti, your poem stirred a lot of emotions. I have always thought of books as my friends and when I had to give away or sell most of them when we downsized, it broke my heart. I have kept a few of my favorites.

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    • Vashti Q October 13, 2020 at 10:02 am #

      That’s what poetry is supposed to do, so I guess I did my job. 😉 I had to do the same a couple of times when I was younger and as an adult. It is heartbreaking. I kept a few of my favorites too. Enjoy the rest of the week, and be safe and healthy. ❤


  18. D. Wallace Peach October 18, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

    What a beautiful poem about transformation and growth, Vashti. Well done. And the warning about a couple of crazy months couldn’t feel more accurate. Fasten our seatbelts!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q October 21, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

      Thank you, Diana! I’m happy you liked the etheree. Yep. Crazy months ahead. Ha, ha. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  19. memadtwo October 19, 2020 at 6:48 am #

    Great poem Vashti. WordPress keeps dropping blogs from my follows, but I’m putting you back in. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

  20. coffee and me 💖 October 23, 2020 at 10:45 pm #

    Beautiful ❣️

    Liked by 1 person

  21. markbierman November 12, 2020 at 11:47 am #

    It’s been a crazy year, so it would be afitting end.

    Liked by 1 person


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