Poetry Friday ~ #CinquainPoetry

12 Feb

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my blog.

This week, Colleen Chesebro from Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge selected the words to get us going. These words are opposites with many synonym possibilities:

Loose & Tight

Photograph by Kat J (Unsplash)


days devoid of

love, smiles or kind remarks

I wait, fingers closed in tense fists

for him



Out of my mind

with desire to escape

but too stiffened with fear to move

I’m doomed

Photograph by Alexander Krivitskiy

Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to lure their victims and force them into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. This is a real problem in many countries including the United States. I realize we have a lot going on right now with three different strains of the corona virus out there and a world wide pandemic. I understand you may not want to think about anything else going on in the world right now. But put yourself in the place of anyone of these young people for a moment. This could be anyone’s child, sister, brother, girlfriend, cousin . . . suffering torture, debilitating fear, and hopelessness every single day.

Human Trafficking Indicators

While not an exhaustive list, these are some key red flags that could alert you to a potential trafficking situation that should be reported:

  • Living with employer
  • Poor living conditions
  • Multiple people in cramped space
  • Inability to speak to individual alone
  • Answers appear to be scripted and rehearsed
  • Employer is holding identity documents
  • Signs of physical abuse
  • Submissive or fearful
  • Unpaid or paid very little
  • Under 18 and in prostitution

Thank you for stopping by today! Stay safe and healthy.

54 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ #CinquainPoetry”

  1. D.L. Finn, Author February 12, 2021 at 12:39 pm #

    Very powerful and moving poems and pictures, Vashti. Sad subject and good list to spot people who need help.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 12, 2021 at 1:09 pm #

      Thank you. It is a heartbreaking subject. I know this isn’t a popular topic and few people want to hear or read about such things, especially with ‘Valentines Day’ weekend approaching, but it’s important to create awareness. It would be awesome if one person is helped by this post. ❤ xo

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  2. olganm February 12, 2021 at 12:48 pm #

    Poignant poem and a terrible rime we don’t pay enough attention to. Thanks for the indicators, Vashti, and stay safe.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm #

      Sometimes I feel compelled to write this type of post. We can’t afford to become complacent and blind to what’s going on around us, living in our little bubbles. We need to be reminded of these things from time to time. 🙂


  3. balroop2013 February 12, 2021 at 12:57 pm #

    Human trafficking has been the gruesome reality that has haunted mankind since time immemorial! Nothing seems to have changed, as new techniques keep emerging for the predators. Only alert citizens can contribute to mitigate the evil. Vashti, it’s amazing where you took us with those two simple words! Well-done!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 12, 2021 at 1:18 pm #

      Thank you, Balroop! You’re so right. We should all become alert citizens and contribute. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Annette Rochelle Aben February 12, 2021 at 1:24 pm #

    The State of Ohio has passed some remarkable legislation to protect kids from trafficking. Sad, but at one time, more children disappeared from Ohio than most other States, which is why U. S.Representative, Marcy Kaptur fought for over a decade writing brilliant legislative language. Your poem is a poignant reminder that we still have a way to go. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 12, 2021 at 1:45 pm #

      Thank you for this information, Annette. I’m happy Ohio was able to take control and passed legislation to combat this evil. I hope other states follow suit. Thank you. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Teagan Riordain Geneviene February 12, 2021 at 2:31 pm #

    Thank you for this important post, Vashti. Hugs on the wing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:33 pm #

      Thank you for the visit and comment, Teagan❣️


  6. John W. Howell February 12, 2021 at 3:57 pm #

    Terrific public service post, Vashti. More people need to know about traffickers. An excellent poem too.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jill Weatherholt February 12, 2021 at 5:29 pm #

    Thank you for bringing this to light, Vashti. Many people have no idea what’s going on. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:36 pm #

      You’re right, Jill. That’s the reason why it’s important to create awareness. Thank you❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  8. judeitakali February 13, 2021 at 2:06 am #

    Beautiful. Evocative. Deep and sombre

    Liked by 1 person

  9. robbiesinspiration February 13, 2021 at 4:13 am #

    These are very sad poems, Vashti.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:43 pm #

      They are, Robbie. But this is a sad reality. People need to know. It’s important to create awareness.💗

      Liked by 1 person

  10. memadtwo February 13, 2021 at 6:43 am #

    This is an issue that needs constant vigilance, not conspiracy theories. Well said (k)

    Liked by 1 person

  11. yvettemcalleiro February 13, 2021 at 10:49 am #

    Wow! What a powerful interpretation of those two words! Well done, Vashti! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Jan Sikes February 13, 2021 at 11:17 am #

    A powerful and moving poem, Vashti. And your informative post about human trafficking is sobering and educational. Thanks for sharing the warning signs. It could save someone’s life!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:51 pm #

      Thank you, Jan❣️ If one person is saved as a result of this post, writing it would have been so worth it.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Jules February 13, 2021 at 11:44 am #

    Important to remember every foil equally for justice to prevail for all.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Marje @ Kyrosmagica February 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm #

    Such an important subject to share information about Vashti. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:53 pm #

      I believe so too. Thank you, Marje.🥰


  15. dgkaye February 13, 2021 at 6:40 pm #

    Eerily wonderful poem and thanks for spreading the awareness Vashti. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Miriam Hurdle February 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm #

    Trafficking is such a tragedy of the mankind. Great poem and thank you for shedding light on this issue, Vashti!
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 13, 2021 at 10:58 pm #

      Yes, I absolutely agree, Miriam. Thank you! Have a happy Valentines Day too❣️


  17. Colleen M. Chesebro February 14, 2021 at 12:28 pm #

    A brilliant Cinquain, Sis. I could feel the pain and horror through your poetic words. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 15, 2021 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi, Sis! Thank you. I could only imagine what it must be like for those victims. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  18. D. Wallace Peach February 14, 2021 at 4:30 pm #

    A sad poem, Vashti, but part of our world that we need to be alert to. Thanks for sharing the things to be on a look out for. Your wonderful for reminding everyone that this is a huge problem everywhere and we can all do something to change it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 15, 2021 at 5:15 pm #

      Every little bit counts, my friend. Thank you for your visit and kind words. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  19. gdutta17 February 15, 2021 at 12:30 am #

    Those are extremely thought provoking lines….you are absolutely correct about the ills of human trafficking. The third world countries like ours are, sadly, witness to some of the worst victims.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2021 at 9:08 pm #

      Yes, you’re right. Thank you for the visit and your insight.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. February 15, 2021 at 1:59 pm #

    Brilliant Vashti. and can only imagine the fear of waiting for that moment.. tough subject and great to have added the indicators, I fear there are those living in that life but still under this evil influence. xx♥

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  21. Annika Perry February 17, 2021 at 5:39 am #

    Vashti, your tankas are a punch in the stomach, heartbreaking, incredibly powerful and more than highlight the insidious exploitation of children across the world in so many various ways. They should never be forgotten and help shoujld be available for them all. A post that will stay with me.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2021 at 5:55 pm #

      Every so often, I am compelled to post about an issue I feel strongly about. You’d be surprised how many people are not aware of human trafficking. Raising awareness is important. I absolutely agree, these victims should never be forgotten. Thank you. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Natalie Ducey February 18, 2021 at 11:04 am #

    Powerful and penetrating, Vashti. A devastating crisis that warrants our attention. Thank you for sharing your voice and illuminating this global call to action. Bless your heart! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q February 18, 2021 at 6:02 pm #

      Thank you, my friend. ❤ I realize I'm not famous or have millions of followers, but if this post reaches just one person, open their eyes and a victim is rescued because of it that would be amazing.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. markbierman March 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm #

    A very deep and moving poem, Vashti. It speaks volumes about the horrible conditions that these victims face. Thank you for helping to bring the crisis to light.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q March 8, 2021 at 7:17 pm #

      It is my understanding that your novel, ‘Vanished’ is also about human trafficking and that part of the proceeds goes to helping with this fight. That’s extremely honorable, Mark. So, thank YOU! 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

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