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Haiku Friday – Creep & Race

4 Nov

Happy Haiku Friday and a warm welcome to my blog!

This has been a long hard week for me and I’m glad the weekend is finally here. To say the elections in the USA have been a bit tense is an understatement. I also can’t wait for the election process to be over. I’m not a big fan of either candidate but I’m voting for who I believe is the better of two evils. I think everyone should get out and vote. Things may seem bleak but sitting around and allowing others to make the choice for you isn’t smart. No one should feel confident in the way the election will go. Once the coin is tossed there’s no turning back. Everyone’s vote counts.

Creep and Race 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.

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Presidential Race

by Vashti Q

Americans shout,

Tired of empty promises

Let the games begin!

Election Day’s here

The darkest day of the year

Clever hopes expire

Talks of politics

Ignite waves of anger and fear

The coin has been tossed

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Enjoy your day!

Haiku Friday – Heart & Petals

28 Oct

Happy Haiku Friday and a warm welcome to my blog!

Heart and Petals 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.

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Bleeding Heart

by Vashti Q

I see and I hurt

So my soul bleeds on paper

Core soft as flowers

I’ll live with a bleeding heart

Until the last petal falls

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Illustration by Rebecca Blair (DeviantART)

“The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts.”

~D.T. Suzuki

“The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself…That is the moment, you might be starting to get it right.”

~ Neil Gaiman

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In light of the season I thought I’d throw in a zombie. Check out my zombie story The Search for the Last Flower and have a fun and safe Halloween!

Haiku Friday – Hunter & Moon

21 Oct

 

Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Hunter and Moon 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.

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Mighty hunter’s moon

Shall brighten cold winter’s gloom

Moonlight for the hunt

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Illustration by Michael C. Hayes

Prowling Diana

The reaper’s moon shines the way

And ends the story 

Thank you for stopping by. 

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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 – Lark & Rush

7 Oct

Happy Haiku Friday everyone!

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It’s a happy day indeed. I don’t know how many of you are aware of the ominous threat to Florida the last couple of days. A monstrous category 4 storm, ‘Hurricane Mathew‘ threatened to pummel the south eastern coast of the US and at one point CNN and The Weather Channel put it’s projection right over the town where I live. Needless to say, yesterday was a scary day for me and my family.

We prepared as best we could but if a storm this large and powerful barrels over your area it’s catastrophic no matter what you do. Mathew was headed straight for us and then later yesterday evening it increased in speed and moved toward the west changing it’s trajectory further north and we ended up getting some wind and lots of rain but nothing severe. We’ve had more flooding and down trees with regular lightning storms. Dade and Broward counties definitely ‘dodged the bullet’.

My prayers go out to those counties and states north of us that are still in the path of Mathew.

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Lark and Rush 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.

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Mathew huffed and puffed

Saying, ‘I am not a lark!’

He rushed to the West

And although he did his best

He couldn’t blow my house in. 😉

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 ♦

Stay safe my friends!

Haiku Friday – Home & Leaves

30 Sep

Hello! Welcome to ‘Haiku Friday’!

 

Home and Leaves 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.

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Early one morning

Red foliage knocked on my door

Welcome to autumn

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Home is in his arms

It is where I long to live

My love lives in sleep

Renounced was I for the grave

Love lives beyond the tomb

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Happy Friday!

Haiku Friday – Clouds & Sunshine

23 Sep

Hello everyone! Welcome and Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Clouds and Sunshine 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’ve use the synonym ‘Daybreak’ for ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Mist’ for ‘Clouds’. In the Tanka I used ‘Light’ and ‘Puff’.

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Illustration by Katherine Cardona

Vampire

by Vashti Q

Daybreak hours fore

Shadows stir in the mist

They surround the night

Victim’s Revenge

by Vashti Q

Creature of the night

Trapped by incandescent light

Long did they embrace

In her arms he burned like fire

Puff of dust to soothe her ire

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Check out my short story Fall From Desire

Have a great weekend everyone!

Haiku Friday – Magic & Stars

16 Sep

Magic and Stars 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.

Many men and women compare themselves to celebrities. They don’t understand that what they’re doing is comparing themselves with an illusion. The images we see of celebrities are not real. They are touched up, photoshopped and lit to perfection. Then they are approved by the star and if he or she sees a flaw they do not endorse it.

I fear for young boys and girls who feel they need to be perfect in order to succeed in life. No human being is perfect. And no one should compare them self to anyone else. No matter how hard an apple tries to be a banana it will always be an apple, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 

People can be beautiful with their flaws.  Call me weird but I’m actually attracted to certain “flaws” or what some may determine to be “flaws”. Here are some things that I find attractive that may be unorthodox.

*I love a crooked smile.

*I find bald men attractive.

*A well placed scar can be very sexy.

*I don’t like skin that’s completely clear and flawless. I prefer a few lines, a spot here or there, maybe a bump or a scar.

*Skinny is not attractive. I prefer a strong healthy body with some shape.

There are more, but I didn’t want to go on and on. You get my point. I believe everyone should embrace who they are, try to be the best they could be and never ever compare themselves to a celebrity. 

Flaws––they flow through her

Illusions of perfection

Celebrity’s lure

Check out these photos of stars before and after retouch/photoshop.

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I understand why celebrities touch up their photos and videos, after all, they are selling illusions. We should understand it for what it is, but we shouldn’t fall for it. Perfection is an illusion and you can be beautiful––flaws and all.

Have a great weekend!

Haiku Friday – Beach & Time

9 Sep

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Happy Haiku Friday and a warm welcome to my blog!

 

Beach and Time 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.

Lots of people seem to be in a hurry to say goodbye to summer. There are things I enjoy about all the seasons but I’m not in any rush to go from one to the other. It seems that summer isn’t ready to leave south Florida yet, anyway. There are 13 days of summer left, so I’m planning a few more trips to the beach. 😉

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Thirteen days remain

To enjoy nature’s playground

Still time for the beach

I walk on the beach

Time stands still as the ocean

sings song of summer

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Haiku Friday – River & Stone

2 Sep

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River and Stone 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 ran across this wonderful poem and I was touched by it, so I wanted to share it here today. I was astonished when I discovered that it was written by a 17 year old girl. This poet is deep and insightful beyond her years.

River Stones

by Danii Spinelli Phantomm

On each persons path, there are stones-
Do you cast yours at others because you are looking behind you?,
Do you stumble over them and fall because you are looking so far into the distance?
Or- Do you use them as the stepping stones they are in that moment to better safely guide yourself because you are walking in the here and the now?

Those that throw may be lead to their own glass house.
Those that stumble may fall into a hole…
But those that see, that trust, that walk- they are on their way…
By one step, one stone, one moment at a time,
They are going somewhere

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A lonely leaf jumped

To a creek of a river

Lured by gleaming stones

Where the water floats by

Now a touch of crimson drifts

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Have a happy Friday!