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Haiku Friday – Fate & Make

28 Jul

“Only you have control of your mood. Not others. You control yourself. Not others. You make your own decisions. Not others. You have control.”

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I think fate is like a river; you can allow the current to push you along and control where you end up or you can become a strong swimmer and swim against the current.

FATE

by Vashti Q

Your future’s not set

Our fate’s more vast than the sea

Forge your own outcome

Reach for that spark within you

And release your inner self

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“You can’t force creatives into a box. If you try, they’ll no longer be creative. And no one will want your box.”

~ Ryan Lilly

Fate and Make are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

 

 


Book Cover Reveal for The Fall of Lilith on Monday 7/31/17 –– last day of the month.

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Have a great day!

 

 

 

Haiku Friday – Color & Warmth

9 Jun

“Sunrise paints the sky with pinks and the sunset with peaches. Cool to warm. So is the progression from childhood to old age.”

~ Vera Nazarian

 

Hello everyone! Welcome to Haiku Friday on The Writer Next Door blog.

Sunrise

by Vashti Q

 

Dawn draws back her veil

Pink and orange sunrise hues

Set our skies aflame

There is a new beginning

I shall awake into dream

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“Let the beauty of sunrise, keep your heart warm.”

~ Lailah Gifty Akita

 

UPDATE: I received the proofs for my book cover and I’m very excited! I can’t wait to show it to you! Book Cover Reveal –– Coming Soon!  

 

Color and Warm are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Haiku Friday – Eye & Fade

17 Feb

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog! It’s Haiku Friday and I hope you’re having a good one.

Eye and Fade are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

**I will share a short story (flash-fiction) along with my poem this week. I hope you enjoy it.

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Illustration by Abbey Watkins

D. I. D.

What’s my point-of-view?

I hear so many voices

I don’t know what to do.

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Should I take my pills and fade?

Or sharpen my clip point blade?

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I stare into the mirror but it isn’t me I see. Those black eyes staring back at me are not my own. Someone lives inside me and his one desire is to control me.

What to do with a mind you cannot control? A mind that thinks in ways you wish it didn’t and behaves in ways that isn’t you. Every day my body feels less and less my own. I’m fading away like a mist in the wind while this stranger takes over my entire being.

I live in his eyes as a mere spectator to the actions of my body. He comes and goes as he pleases while I’m imprisoned in the shadows of my mind. My desire to break free is great. I wish to burst through his gentle eyes and tear his world apart.

I want to destroy smiles––erase them from every face I see and turn them into horrified grimaces. I want to break hearts and ruin minds. I want to turn laughter into wails of agony.

However, every morning, as sure as the sun rises he takes his medicine and with this simple act I am trapped in the gloom of a foggy night––a prisoner in my own mind.

He peers into the mirror and smiles knowing that I am trapped behind his eyes. But as long as they serve as windows through which I can see the world––I will not fade. I only need wait . . . One day he will forget to take his pill.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Haiku Friday – Flow & Tear

27 Jan

 

 

Flow and Tear are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

I feel so desperately powerless as I watch my father rest on his hospice bed. He lies motionless except for the subtle rise and fall of his abdomen. He withers away day by day and is almost unrecognizable and yet there’s nothing I can do but wait for the inevitable. As my heart breaks I cry silent tears. 

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Your spirit is gone

And That knowledge stings my heart

Your colors are gone

And I no longer see you

Painful tears flow silently

I cry for you and for me

The funeral service for my father was on Wednesday. I must admit it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to endure and I’ve had my share of challenging experiences throughout my life. I feel like the winds have been taken out of my sails. There will not be a Friday post on Fri. 2/03/17. I apologize.

Have a peaceful and lovely weekend.

Haiku Friday – Gold & Sing

2 Dec

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to my blog!

GOLD and SING are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

 “You can cage the singer but not the song.”

~Harry Belafonte

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Songstress

by Vashti Q

She sings with the wind

Melodies of gilded love

That unlocks my heart

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Chickadee

by Vashti Q

Awaiting twilight

The bird sings of golden stars

. . . and dreams of freedom

A gilded cage’s still a cage

––but singing makes it feel free

Enjoy the weekend!

Haiku Friday – Reward & Trial

14 Oct

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Hello everyone! Welcome to ‘Haiku Friday‘ Ronovan from Ronovan Writes has given us two difficult words to work with this week. They are Reward and Trial. Phew! Needless to say, I had a hard time coming up with something this week but here it goes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

“Beautiful souls are shaped by ugly experiences.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo

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by Vashti Q

Knowing life’s a gift

I hold dear every moment

Coursing above ground

Facing the world with a smile

When sometimes living is hard

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Depression is a serious disease that effects a great number of people in the United States and all over the world. It’s hard to believe that there are still stigmas attached to mental illness which is why so many don’t seek help. This affects especially teenagers and young adults. Check out my post, Why So Sad?

Like Diabetes, Lupus, Heart Disease and other serious chronic diseases Clinical Depression needs to be treated by a doctor or the outcome will not be good. Shaming someone for having a mental illness stems from ignorance. Instead, educate yourself on the subject and try to help someone who suffers from depression.

Have a great weekend!

Haiku Friday – Lift & Plan

18 Mar

Hi everyone! Happy Friday! Today’s prompt words are Lift and Plan. They were provided by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ronovan hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Prayer

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

If you’re feeling flawed

Lift your eyes to the heavens

Make a deal with God

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Haiku Friday – Gem & Flame

12 Feb

Happy Haiku Friday! Today’s prompt words were provided by RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge and they are Gem and Flame. Gem + Flame = Women 😉

Ronovan hosts this challenge every Monday and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is a writer and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Anyone can participate in this challenge. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Girl-Power!

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

All women are gems

Worthy, spirited and strong

Believe in your spark

If you want my love

You need only whisper it

For you are a gem

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Enjoy the weekend!

Haiku Friday – Cheer & Call

23 Oct

♥ Hello and welcome to my blog!  It’s Haiku Friday! 

This week’s prompt words are Cheer and Call. The words were provided by Ron of RonovanWrites. Ronovan is a writer and poet and he also does author interviews and much more. You can read some of his poetry and fiction pieces on his blog. He also hosts RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday. Anyone can participate and he even teaches you what haiku poetry is and how to write it if you don’t already know.

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On All Hallows’ Day

A tremendous cheer was heard

A new year was born

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Why called Halloween?

To cheer saints with no day

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Have a great weekend!

Haiku Friday – Free & Think

24 Jul

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge

 

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Haiku Friday! I visited Ron’s blog to check out this week’s prompt words Free and Think. The words reminded me of something funny I had seen a while back on Tumblr. After double checking the words, to be sure I got them right this week, I came up with this haiku. I hope it tickles you. 😉

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Po-Po

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Red, white, blue

You think––freedom, then . . .

you look into your rear view mirror

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Have you ever been pulled over by a cop? Did you get a pass?

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