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Haiku Friday – Pink & Shell

21 Jul

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“She is a mermaid, but approach her with caution. Her mind swims at a depth most would drown in.”

~J Iron Word

An enchanting mermaid swam through the oceans of the world trying to forget her past. You see, not long ago she found a young man resting on a strip of sand punctuated by palm trees, and it was love at first sight. She lured him to sea and they swam together. They kissed and caressed, as they laughed giddy with pleasure. She held him tight and plunged into the depths, failing to remember in cruel bliss that even lovers drown.

So she swam and swam, all the while the distance she created did not relieve her heartache. She came to a mystical land of pink sandy beaches. Relieved to be far from the terrain of men she rested. The ocean sighed and brought in the tide and as she breathed the salty air she felt a stir in her middle. She rubbed her belly and felt it pop. Soon after, she realized she was with child.

Although the child would be offspring to the one she had lost at sea––the one whose blinding smile still burned in her eyes––she swore to the ocean she would always care for it. But when a male babe was born in the likeness of her lost love she did not know how she would keep her promise. Every day she fed the babe and cared for him, only leaving him at night when she returned to the sea. She always left him sleeping, swaddled in palm fronds in a small trench she dug near the water.

Days turn to weeks and as the little male child grew, so did her suffering for he reminded her of the lover she held too long underwater. Finally, one night she prayed to the ocean goddess asking for help. After hours of tearful prayers she went into the sea to sleep with the coral. The next morning she awoke and swam dutifully to the pink shore to feed and care for her child.

When she arrived to the area where she had left him for the night––he wasn’t there. Swaddled in palm fronds was a large conch shell. She picked it up and examined it in her hand. It was the most exquisite shell she had ever laid eyes on. A soft, mellifluous sound escaped the shell. The mermaid lifted it to her ear and heard the voice of the ocean goddess, “This is your baby boy. He shall be easier to care for now.”

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She danced with coral

Happy as a clam with pearl

Till in love she fell

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Pink and Shell 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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Have a happy Friday, everyone!

 

Haiku Friday – Ocean & Shore

7 Jul

“I want to be a mermaid. Mermaids don’t drown.”

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Illustration by Matty Lasuire (DeviantArt – PeculiarDork)

“I am a siren, and for my adoration of mankind, have been caught in fishing nets one time too many. And in those fishing nets I have learned too many unfavorable things about human intentions and the lack of trust and goodwill; I’m not going to allow myself to be caught, anymore. Sirens do well at singing the sirens’ song and dragging vile people to their deaths, and for good reason!”

~ C. JoyBell C.

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Illustration by Waldemar-Kazak on DeviantArt

Gadreel’s Song

I sang my sweet song

Where ocean waves lapped the shore

Still no mermaids came

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“I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”

~ Anaïs Nin

Ocean and Shore 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.

Have a happy Friday and great weekend!

Haiku Friday – Ember & Flame

30 Jun

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.”

~Buddha

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Where is hell? Some people say it’s right here on Earth, in our world, and after watching the news for a few minutes you may believe it too. Others say hell is in your mind. Walk into any insane asylum or hospital for the criminally insane and I guarantee it’ll make perfect sense. What could be more hellish than our own guilt?

If we were to imagine hell as a place here on Earth, where would it be? I can’t think of a place closer to hell than inside an active volcano standing on the banks of a magma lake––can you?

HELL

by Vashti Q

Deep in the darkness

Confined till the end of days

Swallowed by Volcán

Wrapped in chains, covered in ash

Tormented by magma flames

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“The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

~John Milton

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“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”

~Oscar Wilde

 

Ember and Flame are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Last week’s prompt words were Darkness and Deep. Since I didn’t do Haiku Friday last week I decided to incorporate these words into today’s poem.

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.

Happy Friday and great weekend, everyone!

 

Haiku Friday – Please & Tease

2 Jun

“Some people lose all respect for the lion unless he devours them instantly. There is no pleasing some people.”

~Will Cuppy

There’s nothing wrong with making people happy. I enjoy making people smile, laugh––happy. I love that warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you make someone happy. What I do believe is wrong is when people obsess about making everyone happy. That’s impossible.

Originality is really important to me and sometimes when you think outside the box some people get uncomfortable. I can’t worry about that. When I write a short story, poem or novel my main ambition is to please myself. That being said, it is important to me that people enjoy my work. That’s why I put everything I got into everything I do. But I won’t be shocked when someone isn’t pleased.

“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”

~ Jim Carrey

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Illustration by Andrew Ferez (25kartinok | DeviantArt)

Trying to be all

In the eyes of some people

You’ll always fall short

Trying to please all

You were not true to yourself

A mock of your charm

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Illustration by Andrew Ferez (25kartinok | DeviantArt)

Please and Tease 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.

Happy Friday and great weekend all!

Haiku Friday – Excite & Karma

18 May

Hello everyone! Happy National Endangered Species Day!

If you know me or have been following ‘The Writer Next Door’ blog for a while, then you know that I love animals. I’m sure most people are fond of animals and have had one or more pets at some point in their lives. But whether or not you have a pet makes no difference really. A life is a life and should be respected. At least that’s my opinion and everyone’s entitled to one.

Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so.

Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries and schools.

Why don’t you check to see what National Endangered Species Day events/activities are scheduled in your area this weekend?

Animals currently on the endangered species list:

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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mother and calf, Sambru National Reserve, Kenya

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An Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, Kansas.

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Dolphins – I’ve seen many dolphins here in Florida and they are just as playful and sweet as you’ve seen them on TV.

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Giant Panda | San Diego Zoo

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Indochinese Tiger

There are many more animals on the endangered list. I can’t show them all. 😦 Wouldn’t it be sad if your children or grandchildren grew up without ever seeing these beautiful animals? It breaks my heart to think that many of these animals may be extinct by the time my nieces and nephews have children.

 

An amazing field

Full not of wild animals

but earth stained in blood

The price of karma is high

For silent roars and dust-wings

Where did love and compassion go?

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Bald EagleI had the privilege of seeing a couple of Bald Eagles in Alaska. They are awe-inspiring birds.

 

Excite and Karma 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 – Leap & Throb

5 May

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it.

 

Leap and Throb 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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Peregrine Falcon

Stooping from heaven

A cast of falcons I see

Mice leap, hearts throbbing 

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The Peregrine Falcon Dive exceeds 200 mph

Have a great weekend everyone!

Haiku Friday – Beautiful & Curse

21 Apr

Happy National Tea Day, National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day, and National Big Word Day!

 

This goes to show that there’s always something to celebrate. 😉 Since we’re celebrating these wonderful events (?) I will contribute a little something to each one. First, for National Tea Day I’m going to recommend you try my morning ritual tea:

  • Green Tea
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 packets Stevia

This combo tastes delicious and it revs you and your metabolism in the morning and helps you off to a great start.

For National Chocolate Covered Cashews day I’m going to let you in on something . . . cashews are not nuts. They are actually fruits. 😮 Mind blown!

Now for National Big Word Day I’m going to give you one of my favorite, and I think one of the most beautiful words in the English language, wait for it.

Mellifluous:

Okay it’s not that big (that’s why I made the letters bigger––shhh) It is a beautiful word though and it means: A sound that is sweet and smooth, pleasing to hear.

So go on and celebrate the day by having a nice cup of tea, handful of chocolate covered cashews, and tell someone their voice is mellifluous. They’ll love you, once you tell them what it means.

 

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Illustration by Selene Regener

Beauty has a soul

Beyond the perfect features

Lies curse of intellect

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Beautiful and Curse 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.

Enjoy your day!

Haiku Friday – Chagrin & Joy

7 Apr

Welcome to The Writer Next Door and Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Chagrin and Joy 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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It boils within you

Anger takes and never gives

It’s a thief of joy

Do not let it steal pieces

Of who you desire to be

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Enjoy the weekend!

Haiku Friday – Spring & Fresh

31 Mar

Happy Haiku Friday, everyone!

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Dancing Butterflies by Elena Kotliarker

 

Spring and Fresh 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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Scented Spring breezes

Touch the wings of butterflies

Sway their showy dance

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**Last week I posted an excerpt from my WIP, The Fall of Lilith. If you didn’t get a chance to read it last week please click the link and check it out. Thank you!

Great weekend everyone!

Haiku Friday – Breeze & Blow

24 Mar

Welcome to The Writer Next Door blog! Happy Haiku Friday!

 

Breeze and Blow 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 decided to share an excerpt from my WIP, The Fall of Lilith. The Fall of Lilith is a young adult/adult Fantasy with dark elements about angels. I hope you enjoy.

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 When Lilith arrived at the tree, she marveled at its brilliance. She coiled her tail around its base, slid to a branch, and plucked one of its blushing fruit. She stared at it, but hesitated to put it in her mouth, recalling what happened when she bit into the fruit from the other tree.

The fruit was like none she had ever seen, draped in shiny reddish-gold. It was cold and smooth in her hand. She placed her mouth over it and sank her bloodstained teeth into its crisp, delicious flesh. The fruit squirted its sweet, succulent juice into her mouth. Its scent swathed her like a dip in a pool of warm water, conjuring images of Heaven’s light and bathing in the River of Life. The aroma was bright, cheerful, and more fragrant than any flower in Heaven’s Triumph Gardens.

Upon finishing the magnificent fruit, she began to undergo a transformation. She grew stronger, full of energy and vitality. The eyes on her wings gained the power of sight, having been of no use in the past. Now she saw in every direction at once, except directly behind her. The feathers in her wings became lustrous and able to withstand extreme temperatures. The inner frame of her wings became stronger, capable of enduring powerful impacts. Her tail grew longer and robust. The colors of her lower half were alluring and intense. She knew she was becoming godlike.

Blinding flashes of lightning sliced through the sky. Thunder, which followed closely, shook the ground. As the wind grew stronger, the numerous trees in the Garden began to disintegrate one by one. The dust left behind by the crumbling trees blew to and fro in the increasing wind. Flowers and greeneries no longer crooned melodies. The vegetation wailed and screeched as it ceased to exist.

Lilith scanned her surroundings. The colors of the Garden were gone, and only dreariness remained as it all turned to sand. She released the Tree of Life and leapt to the ground before it, too, dissolved. She lifted her eyes to the sky, now an ominous dark gray. A jagged bolt of lightning struck nearby; she screamed. Overhead thunder continued to rumble, boom, and clash. She jumped as her hands flew to cover her ears. She slithered ahead, leaning into the wind. Dirt and debris whizzed by her, whipping her face and body. She pressed her eyelids together against the sting of the violent wind. A heavy, humid smell spread through the air. The Garden of Eden was in turmoil. If she did not exit soon, she would suffer the wrath of God.

She flapped her wings. Thick, turbulent winds attacked her from every direction, making it difficult for her to take flight. Beating her powerful wings faster she lifted herself off the ground. She moved through the dense, forceful atmosphere, and finally escaped. Had she not eaten from the Tree of Life and gained supernatural powers, she would have perished. Once more, she headed to the cover of the forest. She settled on the tallest tree where she could overlook the destruction of paradise.

The wind grew stronger

Garden trees turned to grey dust

Eden’s colors blown

Flowers no longer sang, but

wailed as they ceased to exist

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from my WIP, The Fall of Lilith and my poem, inspired by it. Have a great weekend!