Author Archives: helenvalentina

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.


Sleeping beauty Has been gone too long No kiss can call her back From dreaming’s deathly shade She is perfect Untouched by time But unclaimable Irredeemable Her prince came But far too late Far too late They will treasure her … Continue reading

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This stage Of the working The peacock rises All colours Of the world In its delicate feathers Representing assimilation Of all into one For the coming Of the white rose This beautiful bird Is mystery Perfection in transformation Proud but … Continue reading

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Did You Fly?

And did you fly? I often wonder When I wonder why And yet I think I know Your reasons And your trajectory And what it meant To be set free So you could fly Resplendent in the sky The man … Continue reading

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Blooming girl Nature gilds your wings As you grow Rose heart fire Tresses caught alight Earthly awe Perfect sight Bloom before us now Pure starlight (c) Helen Valentina 2017

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Review : Circumstances of Childhood by John Howell

It’s always a pleasure to read a novel written by John Howell. He has a way of mixing action, thriller level excitement, real world politics, intelligent discourse and detail (much of which feels ripped presciently from today’s headlines), all wrapped … Continue reading

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Each year it turns This ancient world My boat is tilted Toward the moon’s hopeful light There is land in sight And there is comfort This good night I am aging Like the wood Of this sturdy boat My bones … Continue reading

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I’m confused Can you see? Can you decipher Easily? Can you help Please help me? I’m distorted On my face No linearity No safe place I’m pathetic A disgrace Normal service Will resume There’s no need To auto-tune I’ll return … Continue reading

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King of His Lonely Domain

They said that he was mighty A warrior of the flame From vengeance or from victory His soul did not refrain But then he saw her beauty And understood the stain Or power and of infamy Of how all viewed … Continue reading

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Angel Part Two

She wept when she fell All these stories she could tell Black winged descent Into the solitude The separation That is hell She covered her face No mercy to embrace Fallen creature Perfect avatar For humanity For our race There … Continue reading

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Angel Part One

She was blistering white Heaven’s finest We trembled at her sight And yet her beauty Illuminated the night So stellar, so bright Her power cascaded Across our unredeemed shore She gave us her mercy We clamoured for more Her silvery … Continue reading

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