Poetry Friday ~ Gadreel

7 May

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

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 now even in the Animal Kingdom, for I have the ability to understand and communicate with them. However, I shall always miss Floraison.

Floraison by Jeff Brown

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

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!

40 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Gadreel”

  1. olganm May 7, 2021 at 1:52 pm #

    Poor Gadreel. To have known and lost all that wonder! Great post and great poem, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm #

      That is definitely heart-wrenching. I’m happy you enjoyed it, Olga. Thank you❣️

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  2. jazzytower May 7, 2021 at 2:13 pm #

    Wow! Quite a tale… the things we do for love. I like this🙂

    Pat

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    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:36 pm #

      Thank you, Pat❣️Atrocities have been made throughout history in the name of love. I’m so glad you like the interview!

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  3. Miriam Hurdle May 7, 2021 at 2:43 pm #

    The interview of Gadreel is brilliant, Vashti. What a wonderful way to have her tell the story. She has her regrets but as we all do suffer the consequence of our mistake!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you! 🙂 ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi, Miriam! Yes! And that’s the moral of the story, we all have to suffer the consequences of our actions. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the interview! Thank you!💕

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  4. Annette Rochelle Aben May 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm #

    Gadreel, what an Angel. I believe you will find your heart’s happiness and peace. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:41 pm #

      You may be right about that, Annette. Gadreel will certainly try to redeem herself.😘

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Jill Weatherholt May 7, 2021 at 5:33 pm #

    Fantastic interview, Vashti! This was such a creative idea.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:42 pm #

      Thank you very much, Jill! I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed it.🥰

      Liked by 1 person

  6. yvettemcalleiro May 7, 2021 at 10:52 pm #

    Love this interview, Vashti! I feel Gadreel’s heartache. And the poem captures her longing so beautiful. Well done! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:45 pm #

      I’m so happy you loved the interview, Yvette! I’m glad to see that her emotions came through. Thank you❣️

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  7. D.L. Finn, Author May 8, 2021 at 3:06 am #

    I loved the interview, Vashti 🙂 The poem made me feel her loss. Have a great weekend! Xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:47 pm #

      Yay!👏😀 That’s great, Denise! Enjoy the weekend, my friend.

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  8. Natalie Ducey May 8, 2021 at 8:17 am #

    I love the depth of Gadreel’s character. This is such a wonderful glimpse of her soul, and the poem is beautifully sad and penetrating. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Wishing you a lovely day, my friend. xo

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! You made my day with your lovely comment. Thank you, sweet lady.😊💕 Have a fabulous weekend!

      Liked by 1 person

  9. memadtwo May 8, 2021 at 8:18 am #

    Sounds like she will always be in-between. A state most humans know well. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:52 pm #

      That’s very insightful, my friend. You’re right. Thank you❣️

      Liked by 1 person

  10. coldhandboyack May 8, 2021 at 1:58 pm #

    Very cool, and thanks for the nod to my site.

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    • Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:57 pm #

      I’m glad you liked it, Craig. Thank you. Of course! I love Lisa’s interview of Lilith. It was so much fun. I can’t wait for her to interview another of my characters.😘

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  11. Vashti Q May 8, 2021 at 2:32 pm #

    That is definitely heart-wrenching. I’m happy you enjoyed it, Olga. Thank you❣️

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  12. Gwen M. Plano May 8, 2021 at 4:17 pm #

    I liked your interview with Gadreel, Vashti. We all have regrets and sometimes do things we oughtn’t, but there are consequences. Your beautiful poem says it all. 💗

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 9, 2021 at 3:10 pm #

      Hello, Gwen! One of the recurring themes in my books is that actions have consequences. I’m thrilled that you liked the interview and poem. Thank you!🥰

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  13. Jan Sikes May 9, 2021 at 9:56 pm #

    What a fabulous interview, Vashti! Wow, Poor Gadreel. If only she hadn’t listened to Lilith, but she did indeed love Samael. The poem touched my heart! Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 11, 2021 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank you, Jan! I’m happy you enjoyed the interview and poem. ❤

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  14. karenringalls May 10, 2021 at 6:27 am #

    A wonderful interview! The poem was beautiful. Once again, you have shown your immense talent as a writer.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 11, 2021 at 5:42 pm #

      What an awesome comment, Karen! Thank you very much. I’m ecstatic that you liked the post. ❤

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  15. D. Wallace Peach May 11, 2021 at 6:12 pm #

    A wonderful tease for the third book in the series, Vashti. It was great getting to know this character a little better, and I feel sad for her. The poem is lovely and so melancholy. The interview was a great idea.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 11, 2021 at 6:18 pm #

      I’m glad you think so, Diana. She’s one of my favorite characters that I’ve written. I appreciate your visit and comment. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  16. robbiesinspiration May 13, 2021 at 12:47 am #

    These character interviews are a lot of fun, Vashti. It’s a great way to learn about the characters in a book.

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    • Vashti Q May 13, 2021 at 10:46 pm #

      I enjoy doing them, Robbie. You’re right, it’s a great way to get to know the character even for the author. I got a deeper insight into Gadreel while I worked on this.🥰 Thank you!

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  17. dgkaye May 14, 2021 at 9:56 pm #

    Amazing interview with Gadreel Vashti. She was true to form! And the poem was gorgeous too ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  18. markbierman May 17, 2021 at 4:02 pm #

    Nice to meet you, Gadreel!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. OIKOS™-Editorial May 21, 2021 at 1:34 pm #

    So heart touching, but wonderful written, Vashti! Now I almost fell in love and asked for the phone number. Lol A great character interview! Thank you! Michael

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q May 25, 2021 at 4:46 pm #

      Ha, ha! You’re hilarious, Michael. I’m happy you enjoyed the interview. Thank you! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • OIKOS™-Editorial May 26, 2021 at 11:10 am #

        Thank you very much, Vashti! Have a beautiful rest of the week. Be well, and stay save! Michael

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