The Poetry Journal

Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel


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I made it out to The Brunch Summer Finale Mixer & Market event. Thank you Manuela Gomez for the invite. Great sounds from three different DJs, free beer, and the opportunity to network with other local entrepreneurs. We all have a passion to be something or to do something to help someone else be better and to do better. This was mine.

Thanks Elijah and Nicole for your support as well.

This was my first time being a vendor at an event like this, but I have always dreamed of being here. Now I need to work on my presentation. I have great artifacts, but my presentation did not exceed my expectations.

When the patrons asked me what my book was about, I told them it was about my traveling experience and a love affair overseas in the Dominican Republic. Their first response was, “Is it a true story?” Reluctantly, I had to say yes. It seems that some people are intrigued by real life stories. I’m wondering if that’s true. If that is so, I have more work to do.

The Love Experience ~ Blog Edition is a short version of my perception of meeting someone overseas and dealing with a lot of insecurities to hold on to the most impossible love. In this book, I wrote about how we met and the feelings I wrestled with trying to explore more of him and their culture. I wanted to let go, but in real life I could not let go of him and those beautiful beaches. He was a part of my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal.

I was exposed to a culture of men working in tourism and pursuing foreign women for their own personal reasons. I did not want to be a victim of deceit, so I was trying to protect myself and to protect my heart. That is why in the book you will see how I was torn.

The adventure of meeting someone in the Caribbean, talking to them daily, traveling back and forth to visit them created a bond. Now it is a soul tie that I have not fully let go of. I say release and he keeps pulling me back in for more.

Yes, the concept of a love affair overseas is very true. But there’s more to the story. He has another side of him. After he broke down my perceptions of lies, deceit and betrayal, he continues to stay with me daily. I cannot explain it. Perhaps he likes our love story just as much as I do. Besides, why wouldn’t he love me? I do!

Hopefully one day he will be able to tell his side of the story. I know that I gave him a hard time, always threatening to leave him behind. Who can trust a man overseas these days? He always insisted I should stay. He is just a different breed. We will see.

EMAV

Thank you Susann for your support. I receive your spiritual confirmation. Here is what Susann wrote after she bought her book yesterday.

Raquel, your book is a beautiful creation, you are living out one of God’s gifts that he had for you in your life long journey. How exciting to accomplish one of the many things that the Lord has tasked us with. Your travel and your book have been a part of your healing..God is with you and he’s proud of you. 💕

I’m so grateful. Thank you.

Love Raquél


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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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Alone

I can't always focus on the loss, although certain days without him reminds me of how much I miss him. I get angry sometimes and I can be very sad. I am alone in this. That's in my head.

I gain strength on the things that make me happy; big dreams, yet small goals.

My Lord reminds me that I am not alone. It's only by HIS grace and his mercy I am still here. A Mother for her three sons.

Alone, but not alone anymore.

Thank you for supporting self published authors!

The Poetry Journal


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I saw God’s Glory!

I have worked more than twenty years from retail shops to hardware stores, and non profit organizations; earning a decent paycheck to take care of my family.

I have always dreamed of going places far away to learn more about other cultures. Fulfilling my inner being to be better, set good examples and to give back to the people in my circle.

I don't have money to show for my return on my investment, but what I have learned from travel is just priceless.

The ability to embrace other people and their circumstances, whether it's being better off financially or being less fortunate, this is a lesson in itself that has changed my life.

I can't stop loving because someone has less than what I have; this only encourages me to work harder to find a way to touch and encourage people to dream bigger than their current situations.

Old San Juan taught me the importance of preserving life's history. To build on what you have, little by little, piece by piece, brick by brick, dollar by dollar, and heart to heart. The fruit of your ancestors hard labor should not go unnoticed.

When I walked through Old San Juan, I could see the smiles, the good times, the music, the hard labor, the family bonds, the authentic food, the hills, the brick roads, the sea, and most importantly I could see me!

Lord, you blessed me to see Old San Juan, not only did I see your Glory, I also had fun. What did I do to deserve this? I'm so grateful.

Love ❤️,
Raquél


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Reward Yourself

Hello to you all! I am just getting back from a summer vacation to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrating good friendships, birthdays and my new book release. Take the time to rewards yourself, even if it's a small success.

This photo of myself with these books stacked in crates on the streets in San Juan shouted out to me. My beloved friend, took the picture. To her it was just a bunch of books, but I saw something different. A perfect opportunity to use this photo as a marketing piece. I love it!

I'm sharing my creative writing content on romance, travel and fantasy all wrapped up in my new book called
"The Love Experience" ~ Blog Edition.

Get all the tea on a mysterious love overseas and a lesson or two about loving you!

Now available on Kindle! Specifically priced for $7.25 or paperback for $17.25.
Thank you for supporting self published authors like me.

Photo credit: Ché Allen

Raquél H. 💕

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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. ❤️