May 16, 2014

Poems by Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy is the heroine of my ebook, Hurricane Crimes. She likes to write poetry at night to unwind. Below you'll find three of her favorite poems. One of them is about domestic violence, as she is a self-defense instructor and helps many women in abusive relationships. There's also a poem about canoeing, her favorite sport. But she wants me to tell you that she's not a poet and to be gentle on her. :)



Beth Kennedy

A hurricane is on its way.
Rain falls onto my skin,
sinking into my veins.

Waves crash into the beaches,
filling their wet claws with sand,
taking away my home in pieces.

Wind gains the strength of gods,
extracting vengeance on my land,
it doesn’t ponder, it doesn’t stop.

Hurricane Sabrina is on her way,
and she has one goal in mind-
me and my last day. ©



Beth Kennedy

He is a crow and not a dove,
not worthy of her precious love.
She is a woman and not a pet,
doesn’t deserve this slow death.

He’s not worth the pain she’s put through every day,
she could’ve prevented her life from becoming this way,
but she stayed and nothing turned out okay.

He is a demon and not an angel,
not worthy of her sweet favors.
She is a queen and not a tragedy,
doesn’t deserve this cruelty.

What he shows to everyone is just a disguise,
at home he becomes a monster that wants her soul to die,
but she still stays and puts up with his marital crime.

He is a killer and not a savior,
not worthy of anything at all.
She is perfect and not a sin,
doesn’t deserve what he gives.

He controls her mind and makes her believe everything is fine,
she’s living a nightmare from day to night,
but she still staysnow God please keep her in your hands.

She is a woman,
she is a queen,
she is perfect,
she is me.

One sweet day she decided she had enough,
It was time for her bruises to heal and for her life to go on from here,
With her, she is taking the promise of a better life.

She is a warrior,
She is safe,
She is a survivor,
She is free. ©



Beth Kennedy

Arms straining, struggling, hurting, burning,
the current rushes beneath me.
Lungs expanding, filling, shrinking, emptying,
the sun’s rays touch my skin.

On the river, I can escape.
On the river, the canoe and oar are part of me.

Arms strainingI battle the rapids,
the current welcomes me.
Lungs expandingI breathe in exhilaration,
the sun’s rays calm my body.

On the river, I can see clearly.
On the river, I know life is like canoeing.

Arms weak
the current takes me to the falls.
Lungs heave
the sun watches me take the plunge.

On the River of Life, I can’t escape.
On the River of Life, the canoe and oar are inside me. ©

I hope you enjoyed her poems. If you want to read her short story (and find out how her poetry journal comes into play) you can find the ebook at Amazon for $1.99. :)


  1. Great verses indeed, liked the second the best, just stuck out to me for some reason more than the others.

    1. Thank you, Pat. And coming from the Verse King that's a great compliment.;)

      I'm glad you liked the second one best because that is the one that means the most to me. :)

  2. I love that your character writes poems! The second poem is my favorite.

    1. Her poetry journal actually comes into play in my story. ;) It is my favorite, too.

  3. Ha! I love that Beth Kennedy writes too. Her poems are both great, but She Is has that extra pull for me. It's awesome. :)

    1. I'm thrilled that everyone loves She Is. :) Thank you so much for stopping by, S.K.!

  4. This is a wonderful way to promote your book! Using Beth Kennedy's poetry connects us to her and gives another glimpse into her world. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Stepheny! I tried to think of new, clever ways to promote my book without being all buy, buy, buy. So I'm glad this works. :)

  5. Wow! Beth Kennedy has quite a talent. I enjoy her poetry very much, especially "River" and "She is." Brilliant! This is a very clever way of showing your talents through your protagonist! The book cover is gorgeous. I love the title and the premise.

    1. Beth Kennedy likes to hear that. ;)

      I'm glad you liked those two poems. She Is was a poem I wrote for a loved one and have wanted to share for so long. And River took me a long time to write to find the right words.

  6. Her poems have a great rhythm. (I confess to not knowing much at all about poetry!) That's a fantastic cover. Have a good weekend! :)

    1. Thank you, Christine! I hope you have a good weekend, too. :D

  7. Very inspirational. I think poetry helps people get through some tough it makes total sense your character would write poetry.

    1. Poetry is a great tool to help people express feelings and emotions they wouldn't normally ever express.

  8. That's so cool. You had to write a story and write poetry too.

  9. I love that your main character writes poetry and that you shared it with us.

  10. This is amazing Chyrs! Love the idea your mc is a poet... I have the same theme in my novel. My mc is a horror writer...

    Your cover is hauntingly beautiful.... ALL THE BEST!!!!

    1. Well, she's not really a poet. She's a self-defense instructor who writes poetry at night for herself. ;)

      Thank you!!! :D

  11. Beth MUST be a poet because these three poems were amazing, Chrys=) I loved them all but my favorite was "She Is." I loved how you compared both "he" and "she" in this piece. You really helped me feel deeply for the woman here and resent the man. I hope one day, whoever "she" really is... she decides to leave him for good... as most of the women suffering from domestic violence should.
    Your language is quite descriptive and beautifully written. Well done!

    1. Thank you, Gina! :D I felt like incorporating both the man and woman was important because a relationship has two people, and someone is always the suspect and victim of domestic violence. I knew I had to put both sides in the poem to make an impact. Domestic violence awareness is a cause I really believe in.

    2. I'm glad you are helping to raise awareness through the use of your beautiful poems. Domestic violence is something I will never tolerate but I know there are others in this world who just aren't strong enough. They need voices like yours to help guide them and make them feel more confident and truly LOVE themselves. I've seen one person suffer through this and sadly, she still is. But when I try to intervene, she gets very defensive and excuses his behavior. It's so sad because she is stunning and could do so much better. I just wish there was a way to make her see this. Thank you so much for touching on such an important issue.

    3. Thank you so such a wonderful comment, Gina! It's amazing that one poem could have such an impact. And I would love for this poem to have an impact on domestic violence, to make more people aware off the seriousness of it, and to maybe even help someone experiencing it.

      Sadly, one of the things victims do is make excuses for their spouse. Sometimes it's because they think their situation is normal, they are still in love with the abuser, or (and probably the case most of the time) they are afraid.

      Maybe I'll do a real post to bring awareness to domestic violence when the sequel to Hurricane Crimes comes out, because I go more in-depth on Beth's job as a self defense instructor in that story. I actually have 2 ideas for 2 posts!

  12. Hi Chrys
    I'm not a poet either but these are very good I think. One of my characters is a mistral so I had to create a song that used poetry. I'm not sure how good a job I did.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog.

    1. I love it when I get to be more creative through my characters by writing poems, lyrics, or even drawing something. And I've done all three. I'm sure the song you wrote is great. :)

  13. Excellent Chrys. Poetry is powerful and I don't believe is used enough to vividly describe the emotions of characters. Good to see someone doing it well.

  14. Well for a fictional person, she's a pretty good poet. :) That second one was my favorite.

    1. That's nice to know. We were both nervous. ;)

  15. Beth sounds like a wonderfully complex character. And she should be proud of her poetry.

  16. Great poems and I like seeing another side to a character. I'd like to incorporate poems in my writing one day.