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She is of the water

Of the crystal lake she comes

And of the endless ebb and flow

She yields, succumbs


She’ll swim in tides

And on misshapen boats she rides

Beneath mist covered skies

She loves and dies


She is the ocean

The smallest river

The running creeks

And more and more

She is the raindrops

On your cheeks

And through the droplets

Wisdom speaks


A tale to tell

You know it well

She is the water

The ocean’s swell

And she’ll draw you down

To swim or drown

To heaven

Or to hell


© Helen Valentina 2020

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Again, again, again

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We have died many times

On fields so dark

Blood red against the encroaching storm

History repeats

And on this endless circle we tread

One moment living

Another, dead

For the sake of kings born

And their infinite greed

We fight with honour

With honour bleed

Again, again, again


Battles come and go

Against the sunset yield

Forgetting why we live, we’re born

To ride this storm

I know your face

From battles lost and won

A moment’s grace

Beneath a failing sun

All efforts spent

On useless war

We’ll rise and fall

And fall and rise

Again, again, again


© Helen Valentina 2020

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Let Us Go

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Let us go you and I

Let us run from this space

Let us play in the sun

All our yearnings embrce

Let us reach for the land

Where the younger ones play

Let us learn from the old

All the wisdom they say

Let us dance me and you

Under brightly lit skies

Let us find the romance

As the candlelight dies

Let us live while we’re young

Let us sleep when we die

Let us run from this space

Let us go you and I

© Helen Valentina 2020

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Beneath The Boughs

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Against the sky you stretch

A myriad of arms to embrace the void

These worlds begotten, birthed, destroyed

Above it all you rise and reach

The firmament and yet beyond

To all sublime and lovely realms


I yearn to touch, to know

And terrified, in awe I fall

For all you might bestow

Beneath your boughs I kneel and pray

That when the time has come I rise

Above the whirling circles to the skies


The grey and bright white light

That draws me home

That I may finally resolve

My fears and soul release, dissolve

And in your loving, waiting arms

Receive my boon and balm


© Helen Valentina 2020

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Of All Life

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Of all life come
Of all life remain

Of all light shine
On earth’s windowpane

Of all nature blessed
Of all nature one

All that we have been
All that we become

Of all life rise
Of all life give

Most of all sing
Most of all: live

(c) Helen Valentina 2020

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The Rain’s Language

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I spoke in the language of the rain
A simple message written wordless
On a cafe’s window pane
As though you may yet pass by
In your hurry to your life
So far from mine
Yet you may linger
From your pace and for but one moment here remain
To see my message
Made of rain

A foolish thing I understand
It was not thought out
Never engineered or cleverly pre-planned
And even if you passed this by
So little likely but yet still
It’s not a thing you’d understand
Or even see my authorship
Or how the message is for you
It’s just a thing that I could do
As I could never say it plain
This loving message
In the language of the rain

(c) Helen Valentina 2020

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City Bright

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The city bright
And in its sight
Our simple fates
Can swift take flight
Or deviate

The city glows
Electric flame
Within it knows
Its secret name
Its secret game

The city cold
Its beating heart
Is young and old
And stands apart
Till all we’re told
Just bought and sold
Just bought and sold

(c). Helen Valentina 2020

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New Book Launch Eternal Road -The final stop by John W. Howell

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Helen, and for helping me launch Eternal Road – The final stop. I know you have a lot going on, so I appreciate you taking the time to help with. The launch. Let me describe the book. Eternal Road is the story of two people finding their way through the selection process leading to the place where one will spend eternity. Yes, it is true. They both have passed away. James Wainwright just died in an auto accident. Samantha Tourneau died seventeen years before. Sam is James’s guide to help him decide where to spend eternity. This is not your usual thriller or paranormal romance. It is a piece of fiction that is a combination of inspiration, adventure, time travel, sci-fi, a touch of erotica, and a dash of spiritual. In short, it is a lot of things, but hopefully, a story that will make you happy to have read it.

It is now available on Amazon in paper and Kindle. The Kindle edition is introductory priced at 99¢ until October 15th

Here is the universal link

Kindle Universal link

The blurb.

James Wainwright picks up a hitchhiker and discovers two things 1. The woman he picks up is his childhood sweetheart, only Seventeen years older. 2. He is no longer of this world.

James began a road trip alone in his 1956 Oldsmobile. He stops for a hitchhiker only to discover she is his childhood sweetheart, Sam, who disappeared seventeen years before. James learns from Sam falling asleep miles back caused him to perish in a one-car accident. He also comes to understand that Sam was taken and murdered all those years ago, and now she has come back to help him find his eternal home.

The pair visit a number of times and places and are witness to a number of historical events. The rules dictate that they do no harm to the time continuum. Trying to be careful, they inadvertently come to the attention of Lucifer, who would love to have their souls as his subjects. They also find a threat to human survival and desperately need to put in place the fix necessary to save humankind.

The question becomes, will James find his eternal home in grace or lose the battle with Satan for his immortal soul and the future of human life with it? If you like time-travel, adventure, mystery, justice, and the supernatural, this story is for you.

An Excerpt

By the car, Sam leans down to check on James. She opens the door. “You okay?”
James looks up. “Oh, yes, I was just looking at my cell phone.”
James shrugs. “It pinged, so I thought a text had come in.”
Sam snickers. “You know that’s impossible. We’re not of this world, so how could you receive a text?”
James holds the phone out to her. “Okay, smart one, take a look.”
Sam leans over and then takes the phone from James’s hand. Sure enough, a text notification shows an unknown sender.
James urges, “Go ahead and open it.”
Sam places the device back in James’s hand. “It’s your phone. You open it.”
James rolls his eyes but studies the message. “Want me to read it aloud?”
“Sure, if that makes you feel better.”
“It’s time we met formally. I have much to discuss with you. Text 666 with a time and place.”
Sam puts her hand to her mouth. “666? Is he crazy? That’s the sign of the Devil. Lucifer just messaged you.”
James drops the phone onto the seat. “Oh, man, this gives me the creeps.”
“The creeps? I’ve never heard of the Devil sending texts to potential converts.”
James’s eyes open wide. “You think he sees us as converts?”
“I’m not sure about me, but since he has your number …”

John’s bio
John is an award-winning author who, after an extensive business career, began writing full time in 2012. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. He has written five other books that are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are also available in the Indie Lector store
John lives in Lakeway, Texas, with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

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John’s other books


His Revenge

Our Justice

Circumstances of Childhood

The Contract: between heaven and earth

John’s other Books


His Revenge

Our Justice

Circumstances of Childhood

The Contract: between heaven and earth





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Crystal Clear

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Crystal clear
Pale perfection hides
Structure’s aim

God is here
In this clarity
Speak His name

Perfect pink
Softer blood will flow
Just the same

(c) Helen Valentina 2020

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Weep For Us


In this hour
As our foolishness descends
And of our friends
Are only foes
We scarce can comprehend our woes
Then close your wings
Around these sacred things
And weep for us

In this year
When sanity gave way to fear
And all comes clear
This wretched fate
We only understand too late
Please close your wings
And from the seat of heaven sing
And weep for us

(c) Helen Valentina 2020

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