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Valerie Stephens

Valerie Stephens
Location
Canton, Ohio, United States
Birthday
June 06
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Published poet, blogger at www.diabolusexmachinavaleriestephens.blogspot.com, www.livejournal.com, www.oursalon.com and many other incarnations...

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AURIBES TENERE LUPUM

 

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  Sometimes the darkness is there to lead us to the light. The darkness always finds the light, no matter how reluctantly, deriving its very being from it. Yet still, the outside often seeps in too keenly, no matter how hermetically sealed/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 4:12PM

TRUE FAITH

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     Ascetic abstention & abnegation, in & of themselves, are not a sufficient means towards the end of an achievement of moral soundness or psychospiritual edification & fruition. In other words, merely refraining from, say, giving way to… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 22, 2013 1:07PM

KRONOS & KYROS

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Sometimes Eternity
is weighed in
most measurably
upon the wings
of a singular moment,
finding its
most poignant expression
in the wake
of all Ecclesiastical realization:

That we are never so alone
as when we are
stricken deaf, dumb & mute
NOVEMBER 19, 2013 2:30PM

A SALVATION WROUGHT IN FEAR & TREMBLING

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“...continue to work out your salvation in fear & trembling, for it is God who works in you according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2: 12-13)
 
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is as a
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Early twentieth century North American poets,
poignantly familiar voices preen my weary heart,
an obsolete orphan of post-modern day,
out of its anachronistic agony,
into a time where people resided 
within the unadorned, earthen Ch… Read full post »
OCTOBER 11, 2013 7:10PM

PHOENIX, I CLIPPED YOUR WING

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To tread untrodden earth,

'Tis the price of rebirth,

A journey unmeasured but true,

To the victory being won in you. Read full post »

 

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Dear God, bear fruit within this rancid, barren Soul.

Do Your work in me, Your unworthy servant.

Perform Your miracles of metaphysical Parthenogenesis.

Utterly scourge me, if You must.

Wring me out, turning me, again & again,… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 2:36PM

PRINCIPIA THEOLOGICA, I

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The more gainfully we walk towards the Light,


With equal & opposite force, the darkness doth beckon,


For the faster our hearts in Him, quicken & take flight,


How masterfully, with the Beast now stricken, we must reckon. Read full post »

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      The tree of knowledge of good & evil is not merely symbolic of the inherent tendency of we human beings to stray from the will of God, but is also an allegorical representation of the “fall” from innocence & ignorance of… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 5:10PM

THE GIVING TREE

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Come to me,
 The giving tree,
Ripe with fruits bitter and sweet,
Pluck my limbs but be discreet,
Lest word of mouth decree,
And what was once fruitful, barren will be.
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AUGUST 10, 2013 2:38PM

A MOMENTARY LIGHT AFFLICTION (LINK)

JULY 27, 2013 2:50PM

A Work From My Early Twenties

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A METAMORPHOSIS ENCUMBERED: MEDITATIONS ON THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

A Work By Valerie Lynn Stephens












Dedication

   This volume of my thoughts & insights
is an homage to all fellow beings… Read full post »
JULY 24, 2013 4:12PM

QUEST

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 "In my soul rages a battle without victor; faith without proof & reason without charm." -Rene Sully-Prudhomme, La Justice
 
 
 
 
Heaven or Hell held precariously in the hand,
Treading with such caution upon this… Read full post »
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  "Follow your heart but take your brain with you."-Author unknown


 
 
       Bringing pain to others is inevitable. It is as inevitable as that of our own immanent mortality. For no matter whatever side we think… Read full post »
JULY 8, 2013 11:38AM

ORDINARY HEROES, YOU & ME

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Contrary to our human tendency to romanticize and even idolize mere mortals for their extraordinary feats & accomplishments, we are all mere ordinary people attempting extraordinary things.

We are, in essence, ordinarily extraordinary.

Each and every in… Read full post »

JULY 5, 2013 11:36AM

SHOAH

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Perhaps if it is dark enough,
they will not see us here.
They hide their deeds in plain sight,
but it is we who are forced to cower here in the Dark.

We used to have the company
of our shadows 
which danced and… Read full post »
JANUARY 23, 2013 6:42PM

EPEKTASIS

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We are whole when the suffering has ceased,

and we can see it for what it was all along-

Mercy, Absolution, Transcendence.

 

For when Love has been neglected,

and is felt once more-

is let into the Soul,

this experience carries with it,

its… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2013 2:58PM

INTEGER, NEGATIVE

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If only we could lose  control of that most unnatural selection,

which barricades the earthen church of all that is forbidden yet sacred

from our grasp & sustenance would life no longer need be lived

in masked revolt against those dar… Read full post »

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Come out, my Stoic friends!

Enter the womb of fire & force,

all ye born from the friction of matter

which hath sought & succeeded in realizing your form!

Heat! The giver of all Life!

 The catalyst for all Harmony & Strife!

Convertible to emo… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2012 10:00AM

DREAMSCAPE #?

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Evoking the shocking, evocative silence

of red balloons billowing across

a blindingly black on white landscape,

Eternity whisps on a tangent

down the rough strewn alley of Apathy,

boisterous, looking for a riot-

Shhhh, quiet!

the lazy creeping haze commands,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2012 9:50AM

ODE TO NIGHT

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As Night's corrective ink spills across the burgeoning sky,

It makes right,

All of Day's errs & wrongs-

The Spirit's wings quiver in delight,

For now may they fly,

And the Heart gayly sings,

It medley of victory songs,

For in having escaped another Day's… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2012 10:47AM

A CHOICE POP-PSYCHOLOGY MORSEL FOR YA...

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NOVEMBER 29, 2012 10:44AM

POEM FOR THE SELF

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There is no "me" that you can ever pin down.

 I variate & fluctuate with the tides of each precious moment, each breath, each and every heartbeat.

And it is only in these ordinary yet transcendent moments that I am at my most true, my most… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 12:32PM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: THE REALITY

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Voltaire once said,

Thereupon his death bed,

"I would renounce The Devil,

Thus eagerly bringing level,

The apostate heart of every rebel,

But I ponder I must refrain,

From such low-brow disdain,

For though I am a man weak in death,

In life I was quite… Read full post »