Treasure Island

Amera Andersen

(12/03/81 / New Jersey)

Lilith (demon series)


I am the breath of firmament
gazing up upon the heavens
I see three angels did descend
holier than thou presumption

gazing up upon the heavens
their wings resting in my presence
striving to steal my mortal soul
I will never lay beneath him

I see three angels did descend
I have my will so leave me be
I am the holy breath of wind
you lowly servants of the lord

holier than thou presumption
the children’s souls I’ll gladly take
to keep my will and keep my wind
the angel of light keeps me now



Author notes:

RETOURNE Like so many other French forms, the retourne is all about repetition. It contains four quatrains (four-line stanzas) , and each line has eight syllables. The trick is that the first stanza's second line must also be the second stanza's first line, the first stanza's third line is the third stanza's first, and the first stanza's fourth line is the fourth stanza's first. Retournes do not have to rhyme.



Wikipedia: Lilith is a female Mesopotamian night demon associated with wind and thought to harm children. She is a popular figure of Neo-Pagan worship. In the Book of Isaiah, Lilith (ל ִ י ל ִ י ת , Standard Hebrew Lilith) is a kind of night-demon or animal, translated as onokentauros in the Septuagint, as lamia ' witch ' by Hieronymus of Cardia, and as screech owl in the King James Version of the Bible. Lilith also appears as a night demon in the Talmud and Midrash. She is often identified as the mother of all incubi and succubi. Late medieval Jewish legend portrays her as the first wife and equal of Adam. Considering Adam inferior, Lilith left the Garden of Eden of her own free will (Other stories claim Lilith refused to lie under Adam, as she considered that this was too submissive) . Adam then bade three angels to find Lilith and bring her back. When Lilith refused, God punished her by commanding that she slay 100 of her children, called Lilin, each day. Lilith is also sometimes considered to be the paramour of Satan.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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  • Daniel Partlow (4/3/2008 9:07:00 PM)

    Not only is your form perfect, but you really do your research too.
    I was surprised to find another 'series on demons'.
    Mine begins with a reference to Lilith (after a brief intro) http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/our-demons-our-psychoses-part-2-disappointment-vs-thankfulness/ (Report) Reply

  • THE FIRST SHRIKE (7/24/2007 4:03:00 PM)

    Of you I ask
    in what say
    how are you
    able to speak
    in such grace
    while holding to
    the stanza rule? (Report) Reply

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