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  And Lead Us Not...
by Richard Lee Orey
Thursday, February 01, 2007
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(Not advised for the timid or faint-of-heart.)






 

                                                                 And Lead Us Not...



                                                                 That very moment when she disavowed 
                                                                 God's plan for her life 
                                                                  Is when she first heard 
                                                                 The whispered voice.
                                                                 "There's a dance tonight at St. Michaels. 
                                                                 "Tonight you will make a man want you.
                                                                 "Tonight you will be irresistible!"

                                                                  Suddenly, graphic, undulating images 
                                                                  Appeared in her mind. 
                                                                  She flushed with embarrassment, 
                                                                  Recoiling in shock. 
                                                                  "God forbid!" she gasped, 
                                                                  Frightened by her own thoughts.

                                                                  Dear sweet Josefina, 
                                                                  So innocent and pure of heart, 
                                                                  Wanted only to fulfill her deathbed 
                                                                  Promise to poor Mama 
                                                                  Of marriage and family 
                                                                  And the joy of God's blessing. 
                                                                  Mama said it was part of God's plan for her, 
                                                                  That God would send her the man.

                                                                  For two years, Josefina prayed daily 
                                                                  For God's man to appear. 
                                                                  But he never came.

                                                                  And the whispered voice and fantasy returned, 
                                                                  Dancing in her mind... 
                                                                  Tempting her...
                                                                  Enticing her... 
                                                                  Exciting her desire, 
                                                                  Even in the face of God's certain wrath.

                                                                  Still unbearably alone, 
                                                                  Her desperate need moved her 
                                                                  Closer to fulfillment. 
                                                                  "Find a place for yourself," Papa had said. 
                                                                  "Make a life for yourself."
                                                                  "That's it," she thought. 
                                                                  "I'll make a man notice me. 
                                                                  "I'll make it happen." 
                                                                  And deep in her heart 
                                                                  She believed it true ,  
                                                                  While Satan whispered his support.

                                                                  She had blamed God 
                                                                  For taking Mama away 
                                                                  Before her time. 
                                                                  That was the moment 
                                                                  She had turned away from God.

                                                                  And no sooner had she opened her heart 
                                                                  To Satan's evil ways 
                                                                  Than a man appeared before her. 
                                                                  Not God's man, Satan's man. 
                                                                  A shaming man.

                                                                  The assault came without warning, 
                                                                  A hard-knuckled fist smashing
                                                                  Against her soft right cheek. 
                                                                  Reeling sideways, she staggered, 
                                                                  Mouth open, 
                                                                  Blood flowing from a torn lip.

                                                                  Eyes closed, aware he hovered over her, 
                                                                  Josefina waited. 
                                                                  She dared not move. 
                                                                  Silent as death, she prayed. 
                                                                  "Holy Mother, pray for me. 
                                                                  "O, Holy Mother, save me! 
                                                                  "O, God! O, God! 
                                                                  "O, someone, please! Please!"

                                                                   Impaled, unable to move, 
                                                                   Josefina lay helpless 
                                                                   As his raging passion 
                                                                   Traumatized her psyche, 
                                                                   Shredding her soul of innocence.

                                                                   She screamed in horror 
                                                                   As Christ's blood erupted 
                                                                   From her ripped flesh, 
                                                                   Sobbing hysterically when her 
                                                                   Rosewood crucifix was discarded 
                                                                   In her sacred space.

                                                                   Now, Josefina lay beaten, ravished, 
                                                                   And in terrible suffering 
                                                                   With the unrelenting pain 
                                                                   Of hopelessness and despair. 

                                                                   Deep with sorrow, 
                                                                   She moaned her tribulations. 
                                                                   "O, Holy Mother, my shame 
                                                                   Is more than I can bear."

                                                                   Excited and seduced  
                                                                   By wicked, whispered thoughts,
                                                                   Marked by the wrath of God 
                                                                   With shredded innocence, 
                                                                   Her flesh carved with shameful cross, 
                                                                   How could she hope to challenge 
                                                                   The evil of Satan when next he 
                                                                   Whispered the paradise of revenge.

                                                                   In the shadow, Satan smiled.

 

                                                                  
                                                                   A pastiche from the psychological drama novel
                                                                  The Paradise of Revenge
                                                                   Richard Lee Orey
                                                                   Copyright 2006
       


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Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/10/2009
,,,this played out like a production....powerful....wow!
Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Deborah Simpson 11/15/2008
Reviewed by Denise Edwards 9/6/2008
As a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, I can say that you have described the pain, terror, hopelessness and mental anguish one suffers from having lived thru such trauma. God bless you for writing this!

Dee
Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 3/30/2008
My own private hell created by none other than myself. So vividly your words portray how I waited and waited and conveniently did not want to wait any longer but make it happen pretending and believing it was real only to be shredded to pieces and bloodily beat in heart and soul. Hard lesson to learn. Deborah
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 11/5/2007
Very talented work!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons 10/4/2007
Wow, now I have to read the book to see what revenge she seeks.. Very enticing.
Reviewed by Lucinda Bilya 9/18/2007
Warning labels draw the daring to investigate why the warning! I ventured to read what all the "faint of heart" was all about and nearly fainted as your words snatched the secret feelings from deep within. Pain, regret and anguish, even if secretly tucked away in every person's thoughts, is very well expressed by this poem. Powerful use of words!!!

loved it!!!
Reviewed by Erin Cooper 9/11/2007
Wow, this is good, very powerful.

Erin.
Reviewed by Louisa Dobbins 6/20/2007
The character is most powerful. With each word, Josephina lived through such engaging levels of unexpectancy in this writing.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 6/9/2007
This reminds me of so many offerings from SC -Pat-
and she grew on! Stronger than Ever! and sent to us with Love!
Your powerful heartfelt write, came from my heart!
I felt it rise with each word!
I thank you getting this out!
When I was physically abused, I cried out as I knew if I held on, the Lord would make me strong~~!
You said it all right here, as I felt it through my tears!
A gem I will treasure forever!
The Sins casted out - As God cries out - Heals us all just the same in his resolution we came~~!
WArmest Blessings and Love, WArrior Spirit Lady Sheeeoox
Be SAFE!
STay POsitive!
-Namaste-
Reviewed by Spirit Warrior 5/18/2007
As a man,
It is so strange,
Yet True,
That I myself feel like Joseafina.
In so many ways!
Except for the part about revenge.
I have learned,
Thru the Holy Spirit,
That Forgiveness is the only Way!

God Bless -Spirit Warrior
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 5/14/2007
The poor girl. I've been a newspaper reporter, and seen some of this too although probably not as much of it as you, Richard. God knew us in our mother's womb, and before the foundations of the universe, he tells us, and what a shame we can't wait on him to make us what he would have us be. Powerful writing, powerful story...Jerry
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 5/6/2007
Gut wrenching, I read this in awe completely powerful and thought provoking. Heartfelt and painful to think of this defilement.

However outstanding poetic narrative for such a hard to swallow topic! All the best to you~Gwendolyn

From the Heart of an Aritst...
worksofgath

Reviewed by Pier Tyler 4/16/2007
Intense, spell-binding! Awesome write. It pays to make sure that we don't get Satan's copy of God's choice for us.

This is a WOW factor,
Pier
Reviewed by Jeanne SparksCarreker 3/4/2007
Very interesting! I didn't know a judge ever took off their robe, much less row a canoe (grin)! I am looking forward to reading more of your work. A judge in Birmingham, Alabama helped me change my life about 5 years ago. It's always a fortunate community that receives wisdom from great men. There are many in society who are appreciative, so keep it flowing! I wish you all the best.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 3/2/2007
Your pastiche demonstrates many emotions, just as Josefina does in "The Paradise of Revenge". She is certainly an interesting character who makes me cringe in fear of what she might do (still reading the book).

I love your book, Richard, and I've been reading on it every chance I get. You've certainly captured the wickedness of mankind, his sick depravity, and the horrors just waiting to claim innocent and unsuspecting persons. The fact that what you've written really does happen (in similarity) is a frightening thought. I'm so glad I bought your book.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/18/2007
A powerfully engaging poetice tale, Richard. It completely captivated me. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/11/2007

This is an impressive story-poem ~ in imagery and voice ~ striking imagination and fulfiling curiosity.

"And Lead Us Not..." bears the aroma of creativity.

In admiration and gratitude,


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 2/6/2007
A horribly fantastic write! I find your pen very real in the sense that it probably haunts your minds eye from time to time, seething evil like it did to Josefina...how do you balance this out? I guess you canoe...? That does it for me, going off hiking...walking, soaking in the peace of it all!
Enjoyed this, in a different sort of way...
Love and Peace~
Kimmy~
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 2/5/2007
Dear Richard,

Thank you for visiting my den, and leaving your kind review.
What an honor to make your acquaintance...and praise God for sending a MAN who knows and tells! Your magnanimous work is blood-curdling because it screams the Truth. Through your Spiritual discernment, you will make people think...and prayerfully set many free...

Welcome aboard, Sir!
Many Blessings, Rhonda
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 2/2/2007
Dear Richard, Oh my...this bone-tingling write held my attention from start to finish. How horribly wrong poor Josefina was, to think she could make things happen. A dreadful mistake, indeed. Yet so many make the same mistake these days. I can just imagine how gripping your novel would be, Richard. As a court reporter/lawyer, you would have experienced first-hand the horror of these crimes. May I ask how you manage to sleep at nights?

God Bless
Love and deep respect
Lena
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 2/2/2007
I became speachless as I read this beautiful piece of work...it soaked to the core of my soul!
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 2/2/2007
Well Richard, you're the first Judge/lawyer that I've ever known to write the word 'Eureka!' At least that's what I believe you wrote.Correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, I've known many lawyers, and many a Judge, but never one that had written a book. I'm deffinately interested.Fantastic writing! God Bless, Holly
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/2/2007
Richard,

A frightening tale you pen in engaging, compelling verse; well done! You are a born storyteller.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by J M 2/1/2007
WOWOW I have bever read "The paradise of Revenge but this is diabolical warning. Well presented work. Captured the evil in this well.

Light & peace,
Joselyn
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