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Denial by R Bennett Okerstrom Forbidden love [191 words]
The Sound Of A Tear by M Q Walters - [76 words]
Heather Dream 4,836 by Branson Storm Another tease from the ghost of my soulmate. [131 words]
Whatever Happened To All The Good Ideas? by Roberto J Moreno It's about society's lack of integrity. [245 words]
Three Wishes by Ralph R Martinez a poem about getting back together with an ex [100 words]
The Sky Above by Ralph R Martinez A poem I wrote for a friend, but never gave it to her... bummer. I should have. [85 words]
Sickness Of The Young, Poems by Mila Strictzer A collection of Poems. [2,758 words]
Nostalgia by K P William Cheng - [126 words]
My Angel Online Friendship by Ralph R Martinez This poem I wrote for a girl I met via the net she loved it! She'll always be specia... [153 words]
Love Joy Agony And Hatred by K P William Cheng - [214 words]
Lady Liberty Looks On by David Soriano A collection of poems. [1501 words]
Hunter For Her Feel by Roberto J Moreno Its about envisioning rather than seeing. [110 words]
Hello, Am I Your Son? by Roberto J Moreno It was a rainy day. [181 words]
Growing by Hope - [124 words]
Drive by Wolfa A poem. Yes. Yes it is. [88 words]
Witch's Broom by David Soriano A nature poem dealing with outer space and galaxies. [53 words]
Who You Gonna Call? by David Soriano A poem about seances. [104 words]
What Is Life? by David Soriano What is....life? [126 words]
Unreachable by Clarmila Orpeza A basic human quandary -- Why do we want the one we can't have? [99 words]
Through The Valley
Three Dimensional Vision by David Soriano A poem on thoughtfulness. [53 words]
Things I'd Like To Say by David Soriano A poem for a man of few words. [47 words]
The Tired And Poor by David Soriano Cheap Labor. [108 words]
The Second Effort by David Soriano The 1970 Kansas City Chiefs- up and over! [56 words]
The Land Of Green by David Soriano A humourous poem about an Irish Farmer's day in the field. [130 words]
The Irish Healer by David Soriano A poem based on an Irish legend about a healer. [73 words]
The Eye Of Evil by David Soriano A brief poem about the evil eye. [45 words]
Teleportation by David Soriano A poem about ghosts. [49 words]
Surf's Up by David Soriano Unusual poem about surfing. [81 words]
Study Guides And Solution Manuals by David Soriano A poem about academia and psychology. [33 words]
Spiritual Hunger by David Soriano A poem about spiritual differences. [97 words]
Slugfest And Sureshot by David Soriano A poem about a pinball machine. [82 words]
Sense Of Self-Worth by David Soriano A poem about one's self. [67 words]
Security Blanket by David Soriano A poem about the Shroud. [58 words]
Science And Religion by David Soriano A poem about... science and religion. [73 words]
Runaway by Jennifer Mendez - [119 words]
Restless Departed by David Soriano A soul not wishing to leave very expensive property. [70 words]
Receptor Sites by David Soriano A poem about consciousness elevation. [60 words]
Rapture by David Soriano A mysterious poem .... [110 words]
Placidness by David Soriano A poem about thoughtfulness. [78 words]
Pasteur by David Soriano A poem in honor of Louis Pasteur. [52 words]
Panspermia by David Soriano A poem about origins of life. [52 words]
Outrun The River by Sue (Sooz) Simpson The snow was melting fast and he owed it to himself and his seld of dogs to make it to safety. [145 words]
Odor- Eaters Needed by David Soriano A poem about shoes. [52 words]
Neanderthal Expressions by David Soriano A thoughtful poem on creativity and needs of self-expression. [60 words]
Moving On by Elizabeth Jessica Allen This is a collection of verse that portrays my feelings towards journeys that had to be made by me. [940 words]
Morlock Clones by David Soriano A poem based on the author's interpretation of the "Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. [67 words]
Mixed Emotions by David Soriano A humourous poem about a... piggy bank. [104 words]
Meloncholy Madness by David Soriano A poem about alchemy. [81 words]
Megalithic Ruins by David Soriano A poem about Stonehenge. [55 words]
Masks by M Q Walters - [144 words]
Love Of Winter by David Soriano Winter-my time of year. [57 words]
Linguistic Tongues by David Soriano A poem about weirdness based on a true story. [90 words]
Life's Work by Elizabeth Jessica Allen This is a collection of poetry which look at different aspects of past relationships. [1,013 words]
Leaving On by Branson Storm Words to family and friends prior to departing for a life of solitude. [208 words]
Inward And Outward by David Soriano A thoughtful poem on fellow man and life elsewhere in the universe. [66 words]
Intellectual Kelvinism by David Soriano A poem focusing on academic snobbery. [111 words]
Inner Demons by Alberto Pupo How insecurity kills... [65 words]
In Retrospect by David Soriano A poem describing appreciation. [122 words]
If I Had You by Jennifer Ramirez This poem needs no description, simply stated, I wrote this for my Husband Coy, because he's every... [166 words]
His Winged Sphinx by David Soriano An intepretation of the set and setting for H.G Wells when he wrote the "Time Machine". [165 words]
H.G. Wells by David Soriano A poem about writer H.G. Wells and his life. [120 words]
Hearts Clock by Ashley Negrete - [67 words]
Halloween by David Soriano A tale written for a Halloween night. [76 words]
Find Eternal Rest by David Soriano Restless spirits. [148 words]
Face Down In The Street by David Soriano A poem about sensitivity toward our fellow man. [90 words]
Emotions Of The Heart by Wantana Tierney - [121 words]
Dreams Of Transmutation by David Soriano A poem about alchemy. [144 words]
Competition by David Soriano Only the strong survive. [82 words]
Civil War News by David Soriano A poem based on American Civil War trading cards from ca. 1961. [56 words]
Chronicles Of Irish Tradition by David Soriano A poem saluting the excellence of Irish literary tradition. [69 words]
Calamus Revival by David Soriano A thoughtful poem on reflection. [79 words]
Boomerang by David Soriano A poem about the boomerang sport. [60 words]
Bogs, Swamps, Lagoons And Marshes by David Soriano A poem about..wetlands. [75 words]
Bloomin Annoying by Josh And Nicole Fish 'n' Frog It's a surprise. [107 words]
Bleaching Green by Andrew French Depicts the struggle of dealing with the addictions in everyday life. [83 words]
Ants by Kurt Kitasaki A short poem about a terrifying entity. [12 words]
American Revolution by David Soriano A poem about the 1960s era. [100 words]
Altered State by David Soriano A poem about being in a coma. [37 words]
8 by Clarmila Orpeza Wanting and needing. [48 words]
Young Love by Ralph R Martinez A short story/poem about a young couple in love. [370 words]
Without Her by Ralph R Martinez A poem about a couple who has been 2gether 4ever,and the wife ends up leaving this world. Now the h... [149 words]
What Is It? by Preston Miles Metz This is a rhythmic pentameter with a recognizable scheme. I wrote it recently, as my current inter... [134 words]
Underneath The Stairs by Mike Schiller This poem was written in a few seconds. A girl emailed me with a description of a photo s... [215 words]
Tantalize The Senses by Stephanie Siegfred From a chocolate lover's delight to the heartbreak of adoption... [373 words]
Sophie by Eloise H Anson - [153 words]
Someday by Christy Mack Disappointments in life... one of my more mature poems. [113 words]
So, Are We Famous Yet? by Fyona Doyle Latz - [129 words]
Ship Of Fools by M Q Walters - [72 words]
Self-Refusal by Vianne-Marie Fortier This is a poem I wrote about myself. I was in one of those writer's block moods when I hate myself... [40 words]
Politicians by Kurt Kitasaki A mild attack against politicians. [18 words]
My Mind Filled. by Ralph R Martinez A poem I wrote for a friend of mine. [136 words]
Memberwhen by Sue (Sooz) Simpson Memberwhen that mystical word of long ago memories. [189 words]
Marbles by Onederose Don't fight what distracts. [55 words]
Long Walk Back To Jurassica by Sue (Sooz) Simpson Evolution and progress or three million steps backwards? [323 words]
Lightning by Kurt Kitasaki A short poem on the violent force of nature. [13 words]
Jason (I Still Need You) by Christy Mack The love of my life. [121 words]
Imprisoned Heart by Preston Miles Metz This poem was inspired and written when I was a teenager in love, naive and still innocent. D... [83 words]
I'll Be There by Ralph R Martinez A poem about a friend who offers. His love to a friend during a time of need. [87 words]
Friend Of Mine by Ralph R Martinez This is a poem that i had written for a friend of mine. She loved it! [134 words]
Empty Nest by Vianne-Marie Fortier This is about a bunch of siblings who leave home for college and have to tell their mother that this... [94 words]
Dreams Of A Librarian by Lisa Petro This is included in an anthology of poetry to be published in October, 2002 entitled Lett... [81 words]
Cobweb, A Collection by Ben Rymer A collection of verse. Many of them are simple sketches of scenes of nature with a couple ... [846 words]
Captive Of Earth by Sendria Crandall - [110 words]
Call It As You Will by Onederose Here's to the strength in US. [85 words]
Backwoods Beast by Preston Miles Metz This is a humorous poem written when I was a youngster. It is part of a cherished collection. ... [80 words]
Awkward by Vianne-Marie Fortier This is just a spur of the moment poem. Inspiration comes from "So much for the Afterglow" by Everclear... [43 words]
A Journey Throughout by Alberto Pupo A journey... [73 words]
A Day With Dog, Poetry, And Prose by Preston Miles Metz This is a blank verse, thoughts and reflections during a spring day. [298 words]
Dark Oblivion by Jessie Finn There are no words to describe the hidden message of this poem, just read it and you will know wh... [129 words]
Your Unique Picasso by Fyona Doyle Latz - [124 words]
Where To Go by Jennifer Mendez - [69 words]
Voices Inside by Jessie Finn A haunting poem about the conflict of ones mind. [80 words]
Travel In Darkness by Alberto Pupo The road of a weary traveler... [73 words]
Tongues, A Collection by Durlabh Singh A collection of verse: Tongues, Green Green, Hunters Of Sea. [210 words]
The World Through Your Head by Roberto J Moreno Late night random thoughts. [179 words]
The Scream by Bollimuntha Venkata Ramana Rao - [89 words]
The Replacement... by Alberto Pupo Substituting one for the other... [57 words]
Straying From The Path by Wolfa A Poem, once more. Ahh, my memories of a certain delightful time in high school... and ... [471 words]
Satan Wears A Dress by Ryan Watts - [40 words]
Realizations by Alberto Pupo To realize... [64 words]
Never Again by Eloise H Anson I'm terrible at poetry, but, hey, I tried! [111 words]
Love And Friendship by Juned Ahsan - [165 words]
Last Goodbye by Jennifer Mendez - [162 words]
Jesus Fucked A Camel And Now We All Have Gonorrhoea by Ryan Watts - [190 words]
Flicker by Michelle Worswick - [18 words]
Emotion Pool by Alberto Pupo A pool of emotions brewed into one. [42 words]
Dead by Drevan - [66 words]
A Lack by Alberto Pupo the confusion created when I miss her... [58 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
Through The Valley
DESCRIPTION
A walk through the valley of darkness.
[891 words]
AUTHOR
Branson Storm
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
37 year old TEXAN. Desert recluse. Lover of vast space with no people to fuck it up, certain tobacco products, single malt scotch, politics, literature, beautiful women and all animals. My best friend is God. Please drive to the window...
[June 2003]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (25)
At Church With Amy (Poetry) Visiting Amy's lonesome grave in the desert. [84 words]
Beyond The Realm Of Us (Short Stories) A look into the life of a young writer who is left to live with the ghost of his beloved soulmate who died at the hands of a serial killer. [4,530 words] [Literary Fiction]
Casa Cantina De Loco (Short Stories) Crazy man, his favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, and a sexy young girl... Marshall struggles with the complexity of gaining a new, less experienced lover or exploring the true reason for his post-div... [4,040 words]
Chemo Pastry Party (Short Stories) Miles walks through a dream induced by the drugs of his chemotherapy. [1,096 words]
Evolving To Simplicity; Our Lack Of Human Evolution (Essays) A few thoughts on why our species is incapable of achieving peace at this particular time. My belief that it begins with one and with some insight into where I came from, I know that if I can do it, ... [5,571 words]
Gone And Forgotten (Poetry) Death can only kill the memory. [115 words]
Heather Dream 4,836 (Poetry) Another tease from the ghost of my soulmate. [131 words]
Idee Fixe (Poetry) She's caught in my head. [37 words]
I'm Psychotic And So Is My Friend Episode Six (Short Stories) From a collection of 'episodes' following two lifelong friends; one being obsessive compulsive, the other sadistically maniacal. [1,352 words]
Kirby & I (Poetry) A late night walk in the desert with my cat, Kirby. [117 words]
Kissing My Spanish Woman (Short Stories) The time I kissed a very beautiful, younger girl and found out the value of such a kiss. [1,970 words]
Leaving On (Poetry) Words to family and friends prior to departing for a life of solitude. [208 words]
Life On The Vine (Poetry) A question of one's place and when or if it will ever change. [117 words]
Miles J. Jax, An Early Day In The Life (Short Stories) This section is an early excerpt from my novel. It will hopefully give the reader insight into the calamity of a broken-hearted man with two true loves, Lauren and fishing. [4,566 words]
My First Ann Coulter Poem (Poetry) A poem about how I feel when watching and listening to the thoughts and ideas of the Constitutional Attorney and author, Ann Coulter. [162 words]
Now (Poetry) A poem asking one to acknowledge and be that which one truly is. [36 words] [Mind]
Pueblo (Poetry) Passing through a small West Texas town. [68 words]
Send Me (Poetry) A poem asking God for the reason of my life. [128 words]
September Dusk (Poetry) Reaction to desert sunset. [122 words]
Silence & I (Poetry) Discovery of who's in control in absolute solitude. [20 words]
The British Are Crying! The British Are Crying? (Essays) Editorial on the treatment of the 'detainees' at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. [1,239 words]
The Life In You (Poetry) - [90 words]
The Only Dream I Have Ever Won (Short Stories) This is actually a part of Chapter 7 of my novel in progress. The main character, Miles, is also the main character in the short story "Without Condition" (which is actually Ch. 2), only this time I ... [2,198 words]
Waiting For Heather (Poetry) A poem to my lost soulmate. [155 words]
Without Condition (Short Stories) A free-spirited man struggles with his quest for true love as his life of drug addiction and strange women ultimately steer him toward his self-constructed destiny. [8,232 words] [Literary Fiction]
Through The Valley
Branson Storm



The valley of darkness,
beset with eternal depth,
sucked at my feet,
drudging slowly through the chaos of sloth,
pulling me down in the quicksand of gluttony,
sinful slime oozing warm between my toes.
Voices of burning betrayal cry from the dark,
their heat starving me of breath,
the acrid stench of the faithless
searing its way into my conscience
as I reach for the unseen light.

From the belly of Hell
I am called,
“Rest, dear sinner, let the heat bring you home.
Your reward awaits you and I will see it through!”
The heat of the voice blew me down,
my hands sinking into the burning grip of Adolf and his men.
“Heed the help of my soldiers.  The mud will divide you from the fire
and comfort your searing skin.”

Trying to free myself from the suction of the slop,
I screamed from the drought of my mouth, 
“I am in search of the Light!”
Pulling away, my hands broke loose from the soulless,
their empty eyes turned to others stirring behind me,
rising and sinking in this pit of sultry sin.

To my feet 
           I carried on.

The voice blew again, “The blind see no light.  Take refuge, for you are home.”
As I slammed to the viscous ground,
hot dung slop snaked through my mouth and nose,
his breath burning the hair from skin.
“In the light you lived, blinded by your comfort with me, 
now consent to your sanctuary.”
The ground, rooted with the hands of so many blind sinners,  
many faces looked familiar,  
souls I had once known, but not completely,
their hands pulling me down.


Spitting the slop from my mouth, I gasped for a breath of burning flesh and cried, 
“I seek the Light that once sought me!  
I beg for the Light to forgive my blindness!” 
 
The anger in the voice burned the cloth from my body, “Fool!  
The Light has perished, 
expired with your final chance before you came home to me.”

The heat, unbearable, was inescapable.  
The hands of misery pulled me deeper into the molten sloth.
Outside my exhaustion I could hear more soldiers being commandeered. 
With everything in me, I fought to my knees
and purged the murky contents of my belly and lungs.
It took everything from me.  
Collapsing, 
I fell to my back in thoughts of the Light…

From a burning bush
dropped a smoldering branch,
crashing at my side.
Hands from within the slop tried desperately to push it away.
Kicking at the dirty hands, 
I had just enough in me to set the branch between my body and the sucking sloth… 
At rest on the branch, darkness fell from everywhere,
I faded, 
        praying for the Light.

The cool softness that embraced my hand
awakened me to the sight of her silhouette, 
“You seek the Light here in the darkest of darkness.”
Her voice was familiar, fragile and comforting.
Through the smoke and flame and wailing calls from the dark
I could not make out the image of this angel before me,
“I seek only the Light.  Will you please show me?”

Though twice her size, it seemed effortless of her as
she pulled me up from atop the branch and to my feet,
“Continue on.  Seek the light with all that lies in you.  You will not be alone.”
She clothed me in a cool cotton robe and
with her soft arm around my waist she said,
“Walk with me and together we’ll pursue your decree.”

I held her close to me for there was a glow of calm comfort about her.
We made our way through the sloth,
my feet in step with hers, as the ground beneath her
solidified with the strength of forgiveness, 
melting away the hands of the soulless.


“Why am I here?” I asked the lady angel.

“Our paths have crossed.  Were you not here, I would ask the same.”
She smiled at me from the face of my mother.
At my expression of shock she continued,
“I am the angel of all who loved you.”

“Mother, you know that I love you.
You know that my life would have gone to waste without your guidance.”

“You were guided by much more than I.”
Mother said,
fading into my grandfather,
“We have always been together,
now we must get to know one another.”

“I have always longed for that,” I said crying.

And as I walked the angel continued on,
changing from face to face,
some of whom I had forever missed,
some who knew me well for only a while and 
others who I had never known nor seen, 
and they were called saints,
not solely for the living of lives in the Light, 
yet for praying for me within their dearest of hearts
when I was in life’s nadir, famished of Hope.
They were the warriors of the Light,
disallowing that evil is indefeasible.

And my mind was away with mystery
when the angel stopped.
As he turned to me I could see nothing,
“It was love that brought you to Me,
for I am the Light and 
have heeded your call.
Let the Kingdom be forever your home.”

As the light unfolded upon us
I was rushed with love and smiled,
boundless beauty came in eternal upon us and
never again
                  would I be alone.  

 

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
June 2002
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