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Poetry Friday ~ Gratitude

8 May

Hi, everyone! It’s the first of the month, and that means poets choose their own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge

The year 2020 has seen its share of major historic events and bizarre incidents in just a little over five months–– including the acquittal of President Donald Trump in an impeachment trial, the bushfires in Australia, the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and the entire world grinding to a halt as businesses shut down and people are quarantined.

As I ponder on these events and others like the death of (a legend) Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash, the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union, the Dow plunging 2,997 points due to coronavirus fears, the 2020 Summer Olympics postponed, and the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped down from their duties as senior royals in Buckingham Palace, I want to pinch myself to be sure I’m not in some dark and eerie nightmare. Despite the peculiar times we’re living in, I’m sure everyone can find at least one thing to be thankful for, right?

I’m thankful that my family and I are doing well, and that we have plenty to eat and drink, and our toilet paper inventory is full. I’m grateful that this nightmare has not prevented me from doing a lot of reading and writing. My cooking and baking skills have gotten better. Despite the fact that I miss my family I have enjoyed our zoom get togethers. I’m also grateful to be in such great company during isolation – there are no better quarantine buddies than my husband JC and Pomeranian Scribbles. I have a roof over my head and a great view of a golf course. How could I not feel gratitude in my heart.

Although there are a plethora of strange happenings there are also appreciable moments. To be honest, there have been times when I’ve been down, fearful, anxious – none of us has ever lived through times like these. It’s easy to feel vulnerable and like you have no control over the outcome of your life. But when have we ever had total control over the outcome of our lives? We can’t focus only on the negative – it won’t solve a thing. Let’s think about all we should be grateful for.

“The most powerful weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Train your mind to see the good in this day.”

Gratitude should be

as natural as breathing

Inhale and Exhale

Photo by Candice Picard @candice_picard

Stay healthy, helpful, and calm, my friends!

Haiku Friday – Spin & Water

6 Jan

Happy Haiku Friday! Welcome!


Spin and Water 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.

My poem today was inspired by someone my father has always admired, Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was a Chinese-American actor, filmmaker, martial artist and philosopher. I love his motivational speech, ‘Be Like Water’ and when I read Ron’s prompt words this week I immediately thought of it.

There Is No Tornado

by Vashti Q

Why all the drama?

You spin storms out of breezes

“Be water, my friend.”

Why not let it be sunny?

Flow like water in a stream

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Bruce Lee Remix – Be Water My Friend – YouTube

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Bruce Lee’s Top 10 Rules For Success

I read this quote while on my friend Olga’s blog and decided I had to share it because it’s so powerful and inspiring. Be sure to check out Olga’s blog, Stuff and What if . . .  and be inspired by her many quotes, poems and articles.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of  fear.”

~George Addair

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Enjoy the weekend!

Haiku Friday – Pitch & Time

22 May

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Hi and welcome to Haiku Friday! Ron created ‘RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge‘ to have a place for people to share and gain a little exposure to other readers they might not have otherwise AND of course to enjoy Haiku. We all have different people who visit our blogs. Visit the link and take part in this fun challenge. You don’t know what a Haiku Poem is or how to write one, no problem, read this.

This week’s prompt words are Pitch and Time. I had a hard time with these words. Since I’m currently working on my Fantasy Angels Series, I drew inspiration from my story and came up with this.

Divine Melody

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega


God’s entertainment

Since the beginning of time

Pitch of angel’s song



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Artist: Tsuyoshi Nagano



Do you believe in angels? If not, why do you think so many people claim to have heard and/or seen them?

Haiku Friday – Love & Last

30 Apr

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge


Hello! Welcome to my blog! I have to admit that when I read the prompt words for this week’s Haiku Friday, Love and Last, I was in a weird sort of mood. Once in a while, I get in a goofy, laugh at everything, I want to play and joke around mood, and that’s the kind of mood I was in when I wrote this week’s haiku. I was also starving after hours of writing and I wanted to celebrate because the writing went well. So I celebrated with––you guessed it––food.



Ebullient Eating

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I love leftovers

Sometimes the last morsel is . . .

the most succulent

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After I satisfied my belly my mood changed . . .

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by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

A million stars

Twinkle above in the night sky

One shines the brightest

Do you believe in true love? Are you in love?

Do you enjoy leftovers? What are your favorite leftover foods? 


Haiku Friday – Black Widow

27 Feb

Hello and welcome to Haiku Friday! My prompt today is Black Widow Spider. For those of you that don’t know much about these little creatures here’s a bit of information.


The Black Widow Spider is a carnivorous bug. Yes, you read correctly. They are also considered the most venomous spiders in North America. This spider is just a little bigger than a paper clip but don’t be fooled––it’s bite is much feared because its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s.

The animals most at risk from the black widow’s bite are the male black widow spiders. Females sometimes kill and eat their counterparts after mating in a macabre behavior that gave the insect its name. Black widows are solitary year-round except during this violent mating ritual. To feed, black widows puncture their insect prey with their fangs and administer digestive enzymes to the corpses. By using these enzymes, and their gnashing fangs, the spiders liquefy their prey’s bodies and suck up the resulting fluid.

Black Widows are identified by a colored hourglass-shaped mark on their abdomens.

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Black Widow Spider



by Vashti Quiroz-Vega


Black Widow Spider

A notorious partner

Hourglass marks his death




Have you ever seen a Black Widow spider? Or been bitten by one? Have you ever had a spider for a pet?

Haiku Friday –– Force & Free

6 Feb

Welcome to Haiku Friday! Today’s Haiku is inspired by RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge The prompt words are Force & Free. I must admit I struggled a bit with these prompt words but this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy.



Life Finds A Way

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

From the dry, cracked earth

Delicate life forces through

Free as a daisy



Did you enjoy the Haiku poem? I love daisies. They make me smile and to me they represent simple beauty, purity, and strength. What’s your favorite flower and what does it represent to you?

Haiku Friday – Fret & Chill

29 Jan

Happy Friday everyone! Today I’m participating in RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #29 Fret & Chill. The prompt words as you can see are Fret and Chill.


Illustration by Luis Royo

Prelude to Death

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega



Do not fret, my dear

No longer will you feel the chill––

once you are dead


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Illustration by Luis Royo


Do you enjoy haiku poetry? Do you write haiku poetry? If so, would you like to be featured here?

Haiku Friday – Snow

9 Jan

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Let It Snow by Depingo on DeviantART


by Hashin

All Heaven and Earth

Flowered white obliterate . . .

Snow . . . unceasing snow




I hope you enjoyed today’s haiku. For those of you living in places where it is snowing––keep warm and safe. Have a wonderful weekend!

Autumn Fruit – Haiku

16 Nov

So this is my second attempt at writing a Haiku poem. You tell me if I did better this time.



Autumn Fruit

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Crisp, juicy apple

Scrumptious to eat

In paradise a lover’s kiss


Young lovers eating an apple

Love to hear from you. 

Online Dating – Haiku

13 Nov

Okay, so this is my first attempt at writing a (or is it an) Haiku poem. First of all, some of you may be asking yourselves, what is a haiku? I will tell you. A haiku is a japanese poetry form. Don’t worry, I’m going to write it in english. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind.

Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.

I write horror, among other genres, so hopefully my haiku will create a horrifying picture in your mind. Just kidding––or am I?


Here it is. My first haiku. I’m so nervous . . .


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Online Dating

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega


Smile on a website

Is that a head in your fridge?

There’s no second date


Well? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. Thank you!