Poetry Friday ~ Unrequited Love <3

14 Aug

Hello, everyone! Welcome.

Here are the words from Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge:

“Circled and Squared”

I almost tossed in the towel when I saw the two prompt words for the week. What was I supposed to do with that? I thought. But in the end, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been hard at work with the blurb, cover and formatting for my upcoming book, The Rise of Gadreel. Please forgive me for not being consistant with my Friday posts the last few weeks. My Etheree poem was inspired by the second book in my Fantasy Angels Series, Son of the Serpent. I’ve also included an excerpt from that book. I hope you enjoy it.

Photograph by Mateus Campos Felipe @matfelipe

Unrequited Love

I fell in love with a beautiful mind

thoughts of him spiral out of control

as I crave what I cannot have

He entered my life and made

everything better

I can’t regret him

or corrupt him

he’s married

to the

church

Photograph by James Coleman @jhc

Dracúl came across a young girl named Miriam while searching the streets of Egypt for a place to rest for the night. She informed him that the pharaoh ordered every Israeli male child not yet walking be thrown into the Nile River for the crocodiles, and she feared for her newborn brother’s life. Here’s an excerpt in Dracúl’s voice from Son of the Serpent.

Gadreel and I left the waterfall and made our way to the street where I met Miriam. I found the house she disappeared into and knocked. 

      The door creaked open and a man stood before us. “Yes, how may I help you?”

      “We seek answers,” I said, bowing my head out of respect. “A girl named Miriam stated that we could get answers from her father, Amram.” 

      “I am Amram,” he said, creasing his brow. “You say you know my daughter, Miriam?”

      “We met once. She told me of a terrible decree ordered by the pharaoh. I have many questions. You could provide me with the answers I seek.” I glanced at Gadreel. She stared at the ground, and I returned my gaze to him.

      “Come in,” he said.

      I did not hesitate to do so. His home was humble but clean and cozy. The fragrances of incense and fresh bread wafted through the air. They did not have much but offered everything they had. Miriam came out of one of the rooms and helped serve food and drink to Gadreel and me. 

      “Why are Egyptian soldiers killing the innocent?” I asked once the meal was finished. 

      “Three months ago, a witch who passes herself off as an astrologer claimed that a liberator, a male child of Israel, was to be born. She told the pharaoh that this liberator would grow to be more powerful than any pharaoh of Egypt.” Amram’s face flushed as he gave us his account of the happenings.

      “Witch? Does this witch have a name?” Gadreel touched my arm and scowled at me. “Apologies. Please continue,” I said as heat bloomed in my face.

      “The pharaoh decided to end the threat by getting rid of the liberator while he was still a babe, so he ordered every male child that cannot yet walk be killed. My son was born three months ago, on the very day the witch predicted the liberator would be born. We believe our son is the liberator of Israel, for a radiant light filled our house when he entered this world.”

      Gadreel gasped, placing her hand over mine.

      “We have concealed him for three months, but it is becoming impossible to do so any longer,” Amram said as he wrung his hands, staring at us like we were his last hope.

      A woman approached and set a basket made of papyrus on the table. “My name is Jochebed. I am Amram’s wife and mother to Aaron and Miriam, and this is my newborn son.” She extended her hand toward the basket.

      Gadreel and I rose from our seats and looked into the basket. My eyes were fixed on the infant. He was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. I was mesmerized.

      “He is special.” My words were barely audible.

      “We must do something,” Gadreel said, standing on her toes as she gazed at the infant.

      “I can help your son, but you must trust me,” I told Jochebed and Amram.

      They glanced at each other and then Amram spoke to me. “I knew God had sent you the moment I opened the door and saw your face.” He nodded once, and I picked up the basket with the babe inside.

      “Is the basket impermeable?” I asked. “Will it float?” 

      “Yes, I weaved the papyrus reeds tightly,” Jochebed said.

      “Very well.” The babe, he smiled at me the way only one pure of heart could. “I will take your son to safety. Say your goodbyes.”

      The family came forth, kissed and caressed the child, and said their farewells.

      Gadreel and I made our way to the door with the infant.

      “I will go with you!” Miriam said, hurrying to us. “Please. Let me come with you. I want to see where my brother’s fate leads you.”

      I faced Amram. “It will be a dangerous undertaking. If we are caught with the child, they will try to kill us.”

      Miriam turned to her father, her face wet with tears of desperation and sorrow. “Please father! I implore you. Allow me to go with them.”

      Amram frowned and waved her to go. She grabbed my arm, pushing me forward and out the door, perhaps afraid her father would change his mind.

      We rushed through the streets. The babe fell asleep and remained silent. He looked comfortable, wrapped in soft cloths.

      “The witch they spoke of––it must be Lilith,” Gadreel whispered.

      “It is she. I am sure of it,” I said, moving quickly while scanning my surroundings. “I do not know what makes me so certain, but I am. I will save this child, and then I will deal with her.”

      As we reached the bank of the Nile we stopped to look out to the water. Gadreel gasped, slapping a hand over her mouth, stifling screams. Miriam was shrieking so Gadreel rushed to her side, holding her tight as the girl sobbed on her chest. I stood frozen by a sight so astonishing in its level of horror that I had to bite my lower lip hard enough to draw blood to be certain I was not having a nightmare. A myriad of dead and mangled babies floated downstream on the Nile. 

Son of the Serpent is a High/Supernatural Fantasy sprinkled with Horror and Romance for an 18+ audience. Get your copy and give this book a try. It may surprise you.

63 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Unrequited Love <3”

  1. Bette A Stevens August 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm #

    A great intro to Son of the Serpent, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi, Bette! Happy Friday! It’s a random excerpt since I had already posted the first chapter a few months ago. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Colleen M. Chesebro August 14, 2020 at 3:07 pm #

    Just brilliant, Sis. Don’t forget to add the URL to Mr. Linky so we can all find you. I got chills reading your tanka and remembering Son of the Serpent! Don’t worry about joining in. You be here when you can. I love your creativity! ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 3:17 pm #

      Thank you so much, Sis. I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. I added my link to Mr. Linky. You have a great Friday and weekend! ❤ xo

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      • Colleen M. Chesebro August 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm #

        You as well. I’m writing a scary fairy story for a Halloween anthology. Fingers crossed. ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

      That’s exciting! I’m sure you’ll nail it. All the best!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. John W. Howell August 14, 2020 at 3:19 pm #

    Good poem and excerpt, Vashti.

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author August 14, 2020 at 3:54 pm #

    A fantastic poem! It really captured Son of Serpent, That book is a favorite of mine.

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks for the awesome comment, Denise! You just made my weekend! Enjoy your as well. ❤ xo

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      • D.L. Finn, Author August 14, 2020 at 5:38 pm #

        Thank you! Hope yours goes well xo

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  5. Stephen Geez August 14, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

    Poignant poem, excellent excerpt, reblogged at StephenGeez.com. Thanks, Vashti, and welcome back to my Fridays!

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi, Stephen! Thank you very much for your fabulous support! Enjoy the rest of your Friday and weekend! 😀 xo

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  6. Stephen Geez August 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

    Reblogged this on Stephen Geez Blog and commented:
    Vashti Quiroz-Vega is back with another Friday poetry prompt!

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  7. Miriam Hurdle August 14, 2020 at 4:35 pm #

    I liked your etheree, Vashti. And the excerpt too. Sometimes it feels funny when I see the spelling of my name. Well, that was whom I was named after. Miriam led the women sing. I like singing, so I was given Miriam as my Christian name.

    I’m so glad you’re doing the blurb, the cover, and formatting. Let me know when you launch your book, my friend.

    Have a wonderful weekend and be safe and well.

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi! So, your name was changed to Miriam when you were baptized as a Christian? What was your name before it was changed? I’m sorry, I have a very curious nature.

      I will definitely let you know when I have a launch date. I think I will shout it from the rooftops! 😉

      Thank you very much, my friend. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the post. You have a fabulous weekend too! ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle August 14, 2020 at 6:08 pm #

        I kept both Chinese name and English name, if it makes sense to you. It was easier for the missionaries and later, my Chinese as a Second Language students to call me by my English and my Chinese friends and family to call me by the Chinese name. The name Miriam was given to me when I was baptized. 😊

        I can understand how you feel when you’re ready for the book launch since it’s a final book of your series.

        You then can take a break and start a new adventure 😉💖

        I’m leaving for Portland next Friday morning to see my granddaughters.

        Take care and give a big push to the finish line. 🙏

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 7:15 pm #

      Yay! That’s exciting! Have a fun and safe trip, my friend. I’m ecstatic that you finally get to spend time with your daughter and grandkids. ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle August 14, 2020 at 8:05 pm #

        I know, Vashti. It has been forever. 😍 I’m glad I could go. My daughter’s dad passed July 25 in Southeast Asia. We’ll spend some time to talk about things. 💖

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    • Vashti Q August 18, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear about the death in your family. It would be great for the two of you to talk. ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle August 18, 2020 at 4:40 pm #

        The diagnosis was 10 months ago and was advanced. I was more prepared than my daughter. Yes, it would be great for us to talk. Thank you, my friend. ❤ ❤

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  8. Soooz August 14, 2020 at 5:21 pm #

    A wonderful etheree, Vashti. And a great excerpt from a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Bravo! 😊

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 6:06 pm #

      Hi, Soooz! I’m ecstatic that you liked the Etheree. Thank you so much! That means a lot. Yay! Have a fabulous weekend! I know I will after your comment. 😉 ❤

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      • Soooz August 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

        The weekend is shaping up well here, my friend. My muse appears to be on steroids at the moment. 😁 Happy dancing down under.

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    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 6:47 pm #

      That sounds freakin’ awesome! Happy writing! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Annette Rochelle Aben August 14, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

    I love it when a post compels me to go back and read it again! Good on you ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

      I love it! Thanks so much for telling me so, my friend. That excites me! You enjoy your weekend and stay safe! ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

  10. yvettemcalleiro August 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm #

    The poem was great, Vashti! And that excerpt drew me right in. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q August 14, 2020 at 7:03 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! That’s great! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a fabulous weekend! ❤

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  11. tracikenworth August 14, 2020 at 9:09 pm #

    Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger for all Genres as well as craft books and commented:
    Spooky, Vashti!

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  12. Jill Weatherholt August 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm #

    Nice poem, Vashti! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. August 15, 2020 at 5:01 am #

    Wonderful etheree Vashti ♥

    Liked by 1 person

  14. judeitakali August 15, 2020 at 6:23 am #

    This is amazing. I love the etheree and that extract is so intriguing and engrossing

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 2:34 pm #

      Thank you, Jude! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. I always enjoy your visits. 😀 xo

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Annika Perry August 15, 2020 at 12:01 pm #

    Yikes! Vashti, a terrific excerpt that has me shivering despite the heatwave! 😀 Intense and compelling writing. I loved you Etheree and it gives a tantalising hint of the book. Happy Writing, my friend! xx

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi, Annika! Thank you for the kind words. In Son of the Serpent my main characters are involved in some historical moments that could leave one shivering for sure. Happy writing to you too and a fabulous new week! ❤

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  16. coldhandboyack August 15, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

    That was an intense excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm #

      It was my pleasure. Dracúl witnessed and in many occasions was involved in several historical events. 😀 xo

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  17. Jan Sikes August 15, 2020 at 4:33 pm #

    Hi, Vashti! I love the Etheree and the excerpt is very intense. I immediately found myself worried about the baby and whether it would be safe. Wow!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. D. Wallace Peach August 16, 2020 at 4:17 pm #

    An amazing poem, Vashti. You’re so good at these. And best of luck with the book! It’s an exciting time. ❤ Take care.

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you very much, Diana! I’m happy you enjoyed the Etheree. This is an excerpt from the second book in the series, Son of the Serpent. I can’t wait for the third book to be released. I’m currently working on the blurb, formatting and book cover. It is exciting. 😀 xo

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  19. dgkaye August 16, 2020 at 9:55 pm #

    Oh, great excerpt from a great book. I am excited about The Rise of Gadreel! Can’t wait! Shall I book I spot for interview in October? ❤

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 3:23 pm #

      Hi, Debby! Thank you for the kind words, my sweet friend. October is the month I’m aiming for publication, so I think we can book something at the end of the month. What do you think? ❤ xo

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  20. merrildsmith August 17, 2020 at 5:54 am #

    A nice twist on the etheree. Good luck with your book!

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  21. karenringalls August 17, 2020 at 6:34 am #

    Your poem was wonderful and I enjoyed reading the excerpt from your book. When time allows, I do want to read your books again. I enjoyed them the first time.

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    • Vashti Q August 17, 2020 at 3:31 pm #

      That’s fantastic, Karen. I do appreciate you. I’m currently working on the blurb, formatting and book cover for the third and final book in the series, The Rise of Gadreel. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait to release it. Have a fabulous new week, my friend! ❤ xo

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  22. Elizabeth August 18, 2020 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi Vashti, it’s a poignant poem! Your book seems great, thanks for sharing a bit of it, I’m adding it to my list!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q August 20, 2020 at 5:24 pm #

      Thank you very much, Elizabeth. I’m happy you liked the poem and excerpt. I hope you enjoy Son of the Serpent! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

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