The Poetry Journal

Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel


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Butterflies

Excited to celebrate my hard work and dedication to self publishing my 2nd book. "The Love Experience" ~ Inspired by Eduard Acero, who pursued me on the beach that day in the Dominican Republic. 🇩🇴

After 2 1/2 years of traveling back and forth, fussing and fighting, he never gives up on my love. Salut to you EMAV ❤️ Besos


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Now available on Kindle


More great news! 

I’ve expanded the distribution of my new book, “The Love Experience” because I know the hopeless romantics need instant gratification; in which we know is not always a good decision.  However, in this case, now you can sit back, relax and enjoy this good tea over the summer. 

Creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy, all wrapped up in “The Love Experience” now available on Kindle! 

Specifically priced for $7.25! 

Click here for your free sample!

So go ahead and judge a book by its cover. 💕🇩🇴😝

Thank you for supporting self publishing authors! 

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Book Review ~

“The Love Experience”

By Raquél Helm

Well, she warned me, “This is not a novel.” But what did I do, sat down and read it all in one setting, spellbound by the guttural honesty. I immediately had flashbacks of How Stella Got Her Groove Back, the 2005 movie from the 1996 book by Terry McMillan. But even further back with Ntozake Shange’s short story, “aw, babe, you so pretty” in the Black-eyed Susans collection by Mary Helen Washington in 1975. And of course, there were my own personal experiences in the early 1980’s.

Raquél Helm has shared her passion, pain, and pleasure in “The Love Experience,” 90 journal entries, of poignant poetry. It is a story with concentric circles of loss, love, and self-exploration. But this is not a novel. Enjoy.

Tina Z. Council
Owner / Chief Consultant
I Am Pleased Development Center


Thank you very much Tina for that book review. This is going to be an exhilarating ride. I met Tina interviewing for a receptionist position at a Community Development Corporation. She became my mentor. She knows my story and I am honored she read my book for me.

My upcoming release is not a novel, but I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this prequel to the complete project.

Connecting with you to live, love and travel on purpose. ❤️


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Determination Exists


“A thrilling read on a fantasy romance that leaves the reader thriving for more. It is definitely a delightful appetizer for the upcoming novel. 

Heartwarming, inspirational, and pleasant! The writer has a keen gift for writing and I look forward to reading more of her books. Continue to walk in your purpose!” ~ Ché 


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The Love Experience 

When he asked the waiter to display the coffee beans on the dinner table to say, “I Love You, (after our second rendezvous), I thought to myself, ok… you don’t know what you’re getting into entering my realm.  It’s too early to romance me with those three little words, but okay, let’s go. Show me what you got!


As time passed on, he was macho, confident, and adventurous, but not perfect. He was charming, nice, and passionate, but not a leader.  Suddenly, things changed for him, he probably didn’t forsee a great loss, he didn’t see a relocation in his future.  He became even less fortunate in this love experience.  I knew he wasn’t “the right 1” but I wanted to ride it out til the very end.  I did. 

I used to beat myself up about being in a relationship for too long.  I would try to walk away, but end up going right back because I wasn’t ready to live without him.  

He was amazing to me.  But I kept saying, I am trusting in you Lord.  I knew one day I would be able to say,  “You can walk away.”   

I have to admit, it’s hard to let go when you love someone. I knew I loved him from the very beginning, because I had that experience in love. 

I’m grateful for the release!  It’s a release with peace.  No need to go back, because I know that I gave him the best love I had to give.

If you are in the love experience, there’s a valuable lesson for you.  Trust yourself to go through the process and if you need to release, just trust in the Lord.  He will release you.  

Raquel©