Haiku Friday – Broken & Over

24 Nov

 

Hello everyone! Today, I have an interesting guest on my blog. Her name is Gadreel and she is one of the characters in my new novel, The Fall of Lilith. She has written a poem for us but before we get to that I have a few questions I’d like to ask her.

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Illustration by Luis Royo (Click on image for website)

Character Interview

Vashti:

Hello Gadreel! Welcome. I’m so happy you could join us today.

Gadreel:

Greetings. I am delighted to be here.

Vashti:

Let’s get right to it, okay? Tell us about your home, Floraison.

Gadreel: (She frowns. She gives me a wounded look and then lowers her eyes to the floor)

Floraison is no longer my home, for I was cast out along with Lilith, Lucifer and the rest of the rebel angels.

Vashti:

Oh––yes, I’m sorry. (I squirm on my seat) If it’s too difficult for you to talk about it, it’s––

Gadreel:

Apologies. It is for this reason I was invited, so I shall answer your question. Although, there are no words to fully describe Floraison, none that humans can understand. I shall do my best. Firstly, there are three realms of Heaven: Heaven Most High where God resides, Metá Heaven, and Floraison, the lowest realm of Heaven where God chose to place his angels. Different dimensions separate these realms and only God travels between them as He pleases.

There was no need for a sun, moon or stars to give Floraison light. God’s splendor lit the lowest realm, and the skies were beautiful beyond compare. There was no true darkness where the angels lived. In Floraison’s unit of time there was brillante, when the light was at its most intense and nightglow when at its dimmest.

There were many trees and meadows adorned with colorful flowers that emitted fragrances evoking happiness and vigor. Magnificent creatures abounded, large and small––perfect in every way and pleasing to the senses. Some of these creatures were prototypes for beings God created on different planets, and others were unique to Floraison.

The River of Life, a pure river with crystalline healing waters, flowed between realms and proceeded from God’s throne room.

(She stopped and gazed at me with doleful eyes that made my heart ache a little)

Vashti:

It’s okay, Gadreel. I think we get the picture––Floraison is a celestial paradise. You mentioned that there was no true darkness in heaven, so what was it like the first time you experienced night on Earth?

Gadreel: (She shivers and wraps her arms around herself)

When I fell from heaven I landed in a hot area of grasses and small dispersed trees. The sunlight was harsh and glaring and singed my angelic skin. There was no shade or area to escape from it. The heat enveloped me and the air was so dense I had to drag it into my lungs. I hated this new environment, but nothing prepared me for night.

It was like I disappeared. I could not see my hands in front of my face. It was like not existing, but yet living. I felt like God no longer saw me and that made my heart very heavy. I never felt farther from my home.

The grasslands came to life at night with unfamiliar noises. I heard a sharp, thrilling call overhead, the leaping and bounding of fleet-footed creatures avoiding predators on the ground, and all manner of growls, clicks, and hoots. An eerie, cold sensation crept into my bones. I curled into a tight ball and trembled in the darkness.

Vashti:

That sounds awful. I won’t be alone in the dark any time soon. (Awkward pause) Gadreel, did you ever see God?

Gadreel:

In Floraison there are golden double doors that opened to a portal that lead to Metá Heaven where God’s presence could be reached in His Throne Room. Only by His expressed permission could one cross this portal. I was never given permission to enter. Michael, who had entered the hall, said it was aglow with the most exquisite light ever seen. But in order to truly see God angels must elevate to Heaven Most High and that’s a difficult process.

Vashti:

You’re obviously remorseful for joining Lilith and rebelling against God and the holy angels, so why did you do it?

Gadreel: (She swallowed hard and looked down)

I never felt rebellious in my heart. I loved God and my heavenly home. Lilith was my best friend and she is a powerful influencer. She made me feel that I needed to be loyal to her––and I was also a bit afraid of her, of what she would do if I did not follow her. She also told me it was the only way for me to be with Samael and I believed this. I loved Samael and he joined Lilith and Lucifer in their rebellion. I wanted to go wherever he went, even if it meant that I would end up in hell.

Vashti:

So much has happened since the war in heaven and your fall from grace. How have you changed?

Gadreel:

I am much stronger and confident in my abilities now. I know I have done many wrongs for which I must make amends. I will seek God’s forgiveness, although I know I can never return to my home in heaven. I shall no longer ally myself with Lilith, Lucifer or Samael. I have new allies in the Animal Kingdom, for I have the ability to understand and communicate with them. However, I shall always miss Floraison.

 

Homesickness pulls at my heart

Tossed down from Heaven

I lie broken on the earth

I know in my mind

It is not over for you see

Although the fall split my spine

I shall survive this

Long enough to make amends

I don’t belong here

but I am homesick

for a home I shall not see

Home needs a whole heart

My heart’s a thousand pieces

so homesick am I

Earth shall never be my home

I am wishing for heaven

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“There was no sun in Floraison to torture us. We had brillantes, a time of divine light, which was like the warmth of God’s smile. Here on earth, we have to endure days of glaring, fiery light, which stings our bodies and perturbs our minds. In Floraison, we had nightglows when light dimmed to a soft glow, which reminded us that God was still near. Here, we have night––the absence of light when we are left on our own. I miss our home.”

~Gadreel

Broken and Over 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.

Lilith, the main character from my novel, The Fall of Lilith was also interviewed by Lisa Burton (Robot Girl) of Lisa Burton Radio | Entertaining Stories. You can read that interview, here.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

50 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Broken & Over”

  1. olganm November 24, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Poor Gadreel. I must read her story, for sure. Happy weekend, Vashti!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

      Hi Olga! Gadreel is one of the most popular characters in, The Fall of Lilith, amongst the readers. I thought I should do something with her. Thank you! Have a wonderful weekend! ❤ xx

      Liked by 2 people

  2. coldhandboyack November 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm #

    Wonderful character introduction. Really enjoyed it.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you Craig! Maybe Gadreel can interview with Lisa one day. I’m sure they’ll get along much better than Lilith and Lisa did. 😉

      Liked by 2 people

  3. mihrank November 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    your story is incredible – would you like to transfer this story to a live drama and music background???

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    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

      That would be awesome. I always envisioned The Fall of Lilith as a musical or HBO series. 😉 Seriously, I would love it. 😀

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Annette Rochelle Aben November 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    Nice to meet you, Gadreel. My heart goes to you and I must say, your poem is a remarkable testimony to your vulnerability AND your strength. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Annette! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. ❤

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Gwen Plano November 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    You’re a powerful writer, Vashti. Your poem is haunting and speaks strongly of Gadreel’s strength and vulnerability. I must read more. ♥

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

      Hello Gwen! I appreciate your wonderful comment. It made my night! Thank you. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  6. specialk718 November 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    I love the description of brilllante and the night glow. It makes me want to visit Floraison!

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    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

      Floraison is my idea of paradise, so I would love to visit with you. I did visit once already, through my writing. 😉 Thank you, Kat! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Tina Frisco November 24, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    I often feel much the same as Gadreel ~ nostalgic and longing for home … This is beautiful, Vashti ❤

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    • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

      Hello Tina! Thank you very much! Where is home to you?

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      • Tina Frisco November 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

        Somewhere beyond our solar system, Vashti. The pull to go home is so strong at times, I can barely stay in my body ❤

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      • Vashti Q November 24, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

        I get it, Tina. This world can be tough to take at times. Hang in there and enjoy the weekend, my friend. ❤ xx

        Liked by 2 people

      • Tina Frisco November 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

        Hugs, darlin’ ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Michael November 25, 2017 at 1:40 am #

    Really cool piece nice one .

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 25, 2017 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you, Michael! Thanks for stopping by and reading it. 😀 xx

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Al Lane November 25, 2017 at 2:03 am #

    Love the way you’ve approached the prompt, Vashti. Wonderful world building too…such an interesting character, and world, you’ve created! ♥

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 25, 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Al! Thank you. There are several worlds and locations in, “The Fall of Lilith”. Aside from developing the characters, building these worlds was my favorite part of writing this book. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. ❤ xx

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  10. robbiesinspiration November 25, 2017 at 7:43 am #

    A lovely post, Vashti. Interesting to have your character presented like this and a super poem.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Q November 25, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      Hi Robbie! Years ago I did a character interview with the main character of my novel, “The Basement” and it was a big hit. His name is Robbie, BTW. Ha, ha! Not too long ago, Lilith, the main character of my book, “The Fall of Lilith” interviewed with Lisa Burton (Entertaining Stories | Lisa Burton Radio) and it was very successful as well. One of the readers that left a review on Amazon said she purchased and read the book, because she read the interview, found it to be hilarious and wanted to read more about Lilith. Character interviews are good ways of introducing important characters from your book. I used poetry, because Gadreel sings and recites poetry in the book, it’s her thing.

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  11. dgkaye November 27, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    Vashti, what a great way to introduce to your story. I was hooked before this and now, just more anxious to read! I’ll be reading it on winter vacay! 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

      Thank you, Debby❣️ I enjoy doing these. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often.😊 I’m trying to figure out which one of your books I want to read first.😘

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye November 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        Aw thanks Vashti. Well, I’m not going to sway you. Depends what you’re in the mood for. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Q November 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm #

        There’s one that I think I will really be able to relate to, but I’ll surprise you. 😉 ❤

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      • dgkaye November 27, 2017 at 10:23 pm #

        Oh that would be lovely Vashti. Thank you. ❤

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  12. Marje @ Kyrosmagica November 27, 2017 at 1:47 am #

    Interviewing characters is fun, enjoyed your interview and poem too.

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  13. Ashwin November 28, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Hello Vashti! It’s good to revisit your blog after a long time (I guess it’s 2 years). Hope you remember me. BTW, this is an interesting post. I’m hoping to catch up with the ones I missed (maybe you can link me to the top picks) 🙂

    Keep writing!!

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    • Vashti Q November 28, 2017 at 10:31 am #

      Hi Ashwin! Of course I remember you. It has been a while. What have you been up to? I have a new book out, The Fall of Lilith. You might have guessed from this post. Are you still writing poetry? Keep in touch. 😀 Here’s a few posts you may like:
      https://wp.me/p3eYyj-1Is
      https://wp.me/p3eYyj-1G4
      https://wp.me/p3eYyj-1Ak

      Like

      • Ashwin November 28, 2017 at 10:59 am #

        I have been traveling a lot – work wise and personal.

        https://thewriterashwin.blogspot.in/2016/04/hong-kong-layover.html this was the last post after which i took a gap of more than an year to get back to writing (which was yesterday) 😛

        I’ll bookmark those links and get to those this weekend.

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      • Vashti Q November 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

        Sounds great! I love to travel but haven’t been anywhere in a while. I’ll check out your post. I’m sure it will give me the travel bug. 😉 Okay, no problem. Talk soon!

        Like

  14. D. Wallace Peach November 28, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    Wonderful, Vashti. What a cool way to introduce a character. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q November 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      Thank you, Diana! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I think I’ll do a couple more of these. They are so much fun. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

  15. wilsonagaba November 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    I loved it too!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. jaye22 December 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh poor Gadreel, of all the characters she touched my heart, she left foraison out of fear and love, but she has learned some tough lessons and I hope she follows her own path without waiver. As usual Vashti Q, I love your choice of illustrations x x x

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q December 26, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

      I feel the same about Gadreel, Jaye. I love it when readers get my characters and you have a great understanding of her. Thank you, my friend! ❤ xx

      Liked by 1 person

  17. Quine Atal July 21, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Interesting project Vashti! A new channel between characters and readers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q July 23, 2018 at 1:46 am #

      That’s the plan, my friend. Thank you! 😀

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