Poetry Friday ~ Character & Wild

30 Aug

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I’m sure some of you know by now that there’s a hurricane in the Atlantic headed for Florida. Well, Hurricane Dorian is headed northwest right now toward Florida’s northern east coast but there’s a pressure system that is predicted to push the hurricane southwest to make landfall anywhere from central Florida to the Keys and I’m somewhere in the middle.

We stocked up on water, batteries, and all the other stuff – better to be safe than sorry. I’m hoping the pressure system turns out to be weaker than the meteorologists are predicting and won’t have the strength to push Dorian over land but instead, it continues north on the Atlantic Ocean, missing the east coast of Florida.

Changing the subject, I’m excited about Colleen Chesebro’s prompt words this week, Character and Wild because I was reminded of Lilith, the main character in the first book of my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith.

**I would like to give a little more insight into her and answer a few readers questions.

 

I’ve been asked, why did I decide to make Lilith both main character and villain in The Fall of Lilith?

My original thought was to make Michael the protagonist and Lucifer the antagonist but then I thought of all the books in existence with the same exact concept and the more I thought about it the more the idea bored me. So I thought, why not make the villain the main character and why not make that character female? I was thrilled to write this story because it was original.

A few readers complained that Lilith never changed but remained evil throughout, never learning her lesson.

Firstly, Lilith did change throughout the story, because she began as a mischievous but not evil young girl. Her goal early on was to please God. As she grew into a teenager, she began to understand that her lofty goal of being first in God’s eyes was not going to be met and began to feel resentful of others who God favored instead.

She became more and more dissatisfied with her position in Floraison (Heaven’s lowest realm) and also began to feel stifled by the laws the angels had to live by in Floraison. Soon, she realized she had natural psychology and was able to influence the other angels. When she managed to influence the most powerful angel and God’s right hand, Lucifer into rebelling against God and starting a war, she became drunk with her own power.

Even after losing the war in heaven and being exiled to Earth she made excuses as to why her plans failed – it was Beelzebub’s fault – Lucifer failed to do his part . . . She became more rebellious, angrier and vengeance, after going through many bad experiences on Earth, became her ultimate goal.

The bottom line is that Lilith never repented and never learned her lesson because like Narcissists she could never admit that she was wrong or that anything was her fault. Everything she did, no matter how bad, was done for good reasons. Also, she was on her way to becoming a demon and demons don’t feel remorse or regret, they just become worse – more evil and perverse. 

In Son of the Serpent Lilith is the villain and a full-blown demon-witch. Does she get her comeuppance? You’ll have to read to find out. 😉

I’ve had one or two readers be angry with me because I made Lilith a woman and an evil character.

First of all, why not? Women can be just as evil as men. In my Psychology studies, I learned about serial killers and although most were men, there were several female serial killers responsible for doing things that would make you sick. Most importantly, Lilith is not a woman. She was an angel turned fallen angel, turned demon – a supernatural creature.

A couple of readers claimed that I didn’t tell the story like it was written in the Bible.

First of all, and I’ve said this before, several times already, The Fall of Lilith is not based on the Bible. There are elements of the Bible in the story as well as certain characters but this is a supernatural fantasy. There are also elements of the Jewish scriptures and stories and characters based on Mythology and Folklore. Very little is said about angels in the Bible and Lilith is not a biblical character. She’s a character from the Jewish scriptures. 

Who was Lilith?

There are so many stories told about Lilith, from being Adam’s first wife, in Jewish scriptures to being a figure of cosmic evil in Medieval Kabbalah.

The traditional depiction of Lilith from ancient Mesopotamia through medieval Kabbalah presents an antitype of desired human sexuality and family life. Lilith not only embodies people’s fears of how attraction to others can ruin their marriages, or of how risky childbearing and raising children are, but also represents a woman whom society cannot control—a woman who determines her own sexual partners, who is wild and unkempt, and who does not have the natural consequences of sexual activity, children. Continue reading . . . Lilith | Jewish Women’s Archive

 

I hope I’ve been able to satisfy some readers’ curiosity about my character Lilith from The Fall of Lilith. If you have any questions you may ask in the comment section below.

 

I wrote an Etheree about Lilith this week.

 

She

was proud

She was vain

She’s never wrong

Feral was her way

Never feeling regret

Her soul needed no guidance

one moment revered and the next

hated and feared. A breeze or cyclone.

Feelings changed about her as the winds shift.

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Character and Wild are this week’s prompt words chosen by Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer.

*The catch is that we can only use the synonyms to these words in our poems.

Colleen hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called, Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge every Tuesday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree or Cinquain poem. She is an author and poet, and also does book reviews and so much more on her blog. Be sure to check it out.

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To my fellow Floridians let’s pray for the best but prepare for the worst. For those who celebrate Labor Day have fun and be safe. Happy Friday, everyone!

58 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Character & Wild”

  1. Colleen Chesebro August 30, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

    Vashti! This is an amazing description of your book. I really enjoyed the poem to go with it. I’ll make sure and reblog too! ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:13 pm #

      Thank you, Colleen! I’m happy you enjoyed the Q&A and poem. Have a fun and safe weekend!🥰

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  2. John W. Howell August 30, 2019 at 4:36 pm #

    Hope all is well with you and your family and that Dorian goes somewhere else.

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

      Everything is fine, right now. Today was a beautiful day. Who knows what Dorian is going to do. The meteorologists are having a hard time predicting it’s exact path because it’s moving so slowly. We’re hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. Thank you, my friend. 😊

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      • John W. Howell August 31, 2019 at 9:14 am #

        Heard today that it may not come onshore. I hope that is the way it goes.

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      • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

        This hurricane has been very difficult to predict because it’s moving so slow, so they’ve been going back and forth a lot. I hope Dorian stays on the Atlantic and doesn’t touch the east coast. Let’s see what happens. :/

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      • John W. Howell September 2, 2019 at 9:35 am #

        I share your hope, Vashti.

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  3. Priscilla Bettis August 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

    I enjoyed this insight into your Lilith character. I can see hints of hurricane Dorian in your poem. I pray it turns or dies out or something!

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi, Priscilla! I’m impressed that you picked up on that! I’m happy you enjoyed the Q&A. Thank you so much! From your lips to God’s ear.💗

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  4. Forrest Stepnowski August 30, 2019 at 4:55 pm #

    Loved the blog. And my prayers are with you my friend.

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm #

      Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you, my friend❣️

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben August 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm #

    Described me to a tee! HA! I should only be so interesting a woman. Well done

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm #

      You’re definitely an interesting woman, Annette❣️Thank you!

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  6. dgkaye August 30, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi Vashti. Omg, I loved your questions and answers, and as you know, I loveeeeeee the series. As a reader of that book, I can say for certain that every answer here of yours, I already got all that from the book. Very surprising some of these questions, lol. And fab Etheree!! Now stay safe my friend! ❤ xx

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:27 pm #

      Awww. You’re the best, Debby! I appreciate you. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Thank you! 🥰

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

      I’m so glad, Soooz❣️Thank you very much! I’m taking every precaution. So hopefully everything will be fine. 😬

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  7. Soooz August 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm #

    I love your responses to some fascinating questions, Vasht. I’m already a huge fan of Lilith. I feature female serial killers in several of my books. I mean a serial killer already capable of multi-tasking takes it all to a new level. Stay safe and dry my friend.

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

      I’m so glad, Soooz❣️Thank you very much! I’m taking every precaution. So hopefully everything will be fine. 😬

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  8. Jill Weatherholt August 30, 2019 at 7:47 pm #

    Great question and answers, Vashti! Stay safe, friend. I’ll be praying it stays far from land.

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    • Vashti Q August 30, 2019 at 8:36 pm #

      Hi, Jill! Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate the prayers. Thanks again, my friend❣️

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  9. coldhandboyack August 30, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

    Stay safe. I loved the research that went into your story. Great post.

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

      Hi, Craig! I can’t stop thinking of the people in the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian is churning over them, right now as a category 5 (the finger of God). It’s got to be horrifying for them. I think Florida will dodge the bullet again this year (my fingers and toes are crossed).
      I love doing the research for my books. I enjoy getting down to the nitty-gritty and I learn so much. Thank you very much, my friend! ❤

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  10. Miriam Hurdle August 30, 2019 at 11:42 pm #

    Great response to all the questions, Vashti. I pray that the hurricane will disappear and never make a landfall anywhere near you. Stock up the batteries is good just in case. ❤

    I'll be away leaving on Sunday, with no internet for a week. I'll check the weather your way before I go! ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

      Thank you so much, my sweet friend. ❤ Right now, my heart goes out to the Bahamians who are being pummeled by Dorian. I think (hope) Florida will be okay but we've prepared for the worst, just in case. Have a fun and safe trip. ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle September 1, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

        Good to hear you’re okay. I’ll check on Dorinda later. ❤ ❤

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  11. D.L. Finn, Author August 31, 2019 at 3:24 am #

    I loved what you did with Lilith and why, Vashti. We love in times where someone will always be offended and all we can do is follow our hearr on this writing and life journey. Perfect poem for Lilith:) Stay safe. Praying that hurricane make a big right turn. Xo

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi, Denise! I get it. I felt compelled to clarify a few things but I know readers will interpret what they read however they want. I can’t change my writing style or the stories I write and I don’t want to, so it is what it is. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. I believe we’ll be safe in Florida but I feel bad for the people of the Bahamas. Thank you so much! ❤ xo

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  12. Jan Sikes August 31, 2019 at 11:50 am #

    I definitely saw growth in Lilith throughout the book. Her goals became loftier and anytime she met with failure, she grew more determined than ever to challenge God and become the ultimate ruler. Growth doesn’t always have to be about lessons learned or going from bad to good. I thought you did a fabulous job with her character and I enjoyed the story! Fantastic Etheree! You and other Floridians are in my thoughts and prayers! Stay safe!

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

      Hello, Jan! Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. I completely agree with what you wrote about growth. That’s the way I see it too. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem and the story.
      My family and I are prepared for the worst but I believe hurricane Dorian is going to pass us by – maybe we’ll get some bad storms but we can handle that. My thoughts are with the people of the Bahamas. I can’t imagine what they’re going through, right now. ❤ xo

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  13. tracikenworth August 31, 2019 at 8:42 pm #

    Reblogged this on Loleta Abi Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    Another entry into Colleen’s Tues. Poetry Tanka Challenge.

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  14. YesterdayAfter September 1, 2019 at 3:30 am #

    Great description Vashti I loved to read your interesting interpretation of Lilith! I truly love the creativity of turning things around with your characters, giving them the unexpected role and a new version of the story. I see it as a great fantasy and creative writing. I agree why follow and repeat what everyone else already wrote? Innovation is interesting which is something I love too in my work as an artist I use to create and see things in a different way and love to experiment! So Vashti I truly appreciate your fantasy and what you did with this book!

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

      What a cool comment! I loved it! Thank you. I’m so happy we see eye to eye. Thanks again, my friend! ❤

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      • YesterdayAfter September 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

        You’re very welcome Vashti, I honor creativity and you did well! Happy we feel the same way! ❤

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      • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

        Me too! ❤

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  15. Natalie Ducey September 1, 2019 at 10:03 am #

    Hope you’re safe and cozy, Vashti! It must be unsettling for sure. Sigh.
    Lilith is one of my favourite characters and your writing of her transformation is brilliant. Lovely poem, as always. A breeze or cyclone… love it. Stay well, my friend! XO

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! So far, it’s been a beautiful day here in south Florida. My family and I are prepared for the worst but I think (hope) that hurricane Dorian will pass us by. We’re not letting our guard down, though. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. Thank you so much, my lovely friend!
      ❤ xo

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  16. robbiesinspiration September 1, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

    A fantastic idea for your book, Vashti. I think women can be more evil than men. A great poem based on Lilith.

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    • Vashti Q September 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm #

      I think women are more cunning than men and have probably gotten away with so much more than we give them credit for. 😉 Don’t get me wrong, though. I love and support women. We have a lot of struggles and I cherish the idea of sisterhood but not all women are saints. There are those among us that can be quite evil, so you can imagine what lengths a female demon would go. 😉 Lilith is a supernatural creature that happens to be female – she has no limits. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree! Thank you! ❤

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  17. yvettemcalleiro September 2, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    I love how you explain your reasons for how you shaped your book. And I love that you are being unapologetically you. 🙂 I thought your story was fabulous, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching Lilith’s decent into evil. She did change; she just didn’t change for the better. Lol! 🙂

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    • Vashti Q September 3, 2019 at 2:03 pm #

      Awww. Thank you so much for the kind words, Yvette. You just made my week. That’s right! Ha, ha. Some people only see the character’s growth if it’s going upward but although a stem and flower grow up toward the sky its roots grow down deep into the ground. Anyway, I like to show a distinction between the good and the bad. 😉 Thanks again, my friend!

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  18. Colleen Chesebro September 4, 2019 at 6:28 pm #

    Reblogged this on Colleen M. Chesebro and commented:
    This is a captivating explanation of the main character in Vashti’s book, The Fall of Lilith. The fact that she incorporated her poetry around the discussion makes it even better. Enjoy! ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging, Sis! ❤

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      • Colleen Chesebro September 5, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

        I meant to do it sooner but then I’ve had so many issues with my theme. I’m scrambling to find one that works! ❤

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    • Vashti Q September 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm #

      Sometimes thinking of my main character’s personality and what she/he considers important helps me determine my theme/themes. You got this!

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  19. memadtwo September 4, 2019 at 9:26 pm #

    I like how you enlarge the stories and create your own vivid character.
    Good luck with the hurricane! I hope it drifts away to sea…(K)

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm #

      Hi! Thank you very much! Yes, hurricane Dorian passed South Florida by, so it’s all good here, K. 🙂

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  20. Ritu September 5, 2019 at 1:36 am #

    A brilliant explanation of Lilith’s character, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

      Hi, Ritu! Thank you very much. 😀 xo

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      • Ritu September 5, 2019 at 4:01 pm #

        You are most welcome 🥰

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  21. Annika Perry September 5, 2019 at 4:25 am #

    Vashti, a superb poem of Lilith and I am impressed how you weave elements of upcoming storm into years your post and poem. Hope all are safe … it looks like a frightening time ahead for the east coast.

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    • Vashti Q September 5, 2019 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi, Annika! The worst is over for South Florida. The winds picked up a little bit and we had some rain––no big deal. Hurricane Dorian passed us by. It’s regained strength and is now headed toward the Carolinas, so Dorian isn’t done yet but we’re in the clear.
      Aw, I’m happy you liked the poem. ❤

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