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"God hath not promised skies always blue, / Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through; / God hath not promised sun without rain, / Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. / But God hath promised strength for the day, / Rest for the labor, light for the way, / Grace for the trials, help from above, / Unfailing sympathy, undying love." - Annie Johnson Flint

Hi! I'm alliyah, the "a" is lower-cased as part of my poetic aesthetic. ;)

My sister is the lovely, wonderful, talented tgirly and she's why I joined YWS! You'll likely find me lurking around the poetry sections of the site or anywhere that chickens are mentioned. I also am the Court Magician in Knights of the Green Room & I passionately support the Unclassified movement.

* I became a Junior Moderator for Poetry Crew - January 30, 2017.
* I joined Squills in March, 2018 (retired from Squills in September 2022 after writing 150+ articles)
* And I became a Global Moderator on February 27, 2019.
* Rook and I started the poetry zine "COOP" in 2021 and you can read & submit to it here: https://coopzine.wordpress.com
* I currently am a co-crew leader of both the Poetry Crew mod team & the Resource / Community Crew mod team! So if you have questions regarding either of those sections feel free to run them by me.

I've had a few poems published here and there as well as some non-fiction. I write poetry for fun - and have a dream of completing and maybe publishing one of my chapbook drafts one day.

Lastly, the most important thing about me is that my Christian faith is the defining feature of who I am and how I try to live my life. I love learning and chatting about faith and religion and try to live my life by Jesus' two greatest commandments "love the Lord your God with all your heart" and "love your neighbor as yourself" - as a human I am woefully aware that I fail at both of these daily, but continue to work to grow, and am thankful for God's unfailing grace. :)

I'm very interested in all expressions of faith and religion in general - and that's what my academic background is in among other things - so if you want to chat about religion, please feel free to PM me!

Spoiler! :
Now I would like to provide you with my opinions and thoughts on a variety of subjects. Which is probably not what you thought you were getting into when you clicked the spoiler.

1. Is Time Travel Possible? Yes
2. Is Poetry random, easy, or a lesser form of literature than prose writing? No
3. What is my personal method of writing a Review? Find out my thoughts from 2016
4. What am I babbling on about when I mention "specificity" in my poetry reviews? Long Answer provided here.
5. Who is my favorite poet? Robert Frost
6. What is slam poetry? Find out here.
7. What was my only post on the site forums in all of 2015? right here
8. What is #classified? a conspiracy movement against YWS
9. What's my recommendation for people who want to improve their poetry? Write with specificity & expand your poetry bubble
10. how do I pronounce "alliyah?" -> link here for those who are super curious

Bonus endorsements in case you should need them:

Some twenty years from now, users will ask a similar question about world famous Chicken poetry and Google will tell them about alliyah. - Hkumar

alliyah. I heard she's an artistic goblin summoner who has an army of chickens. A few magic words, and a chicken appears in her arms. - Carina

alliyah's dedication to weasels is truly inspiring. the weasels have found a true friend and ally. they still have nothing to do with any of my riddles or ciphers, but I am impressed by this dedication. - BluesClues Link to original comment

The dark cyan code should be changed to [alliyah] [/alliyah] instead of [color=darkcyan] [/ color] - Liberty Link to original comment

you simultaneously have this very innocent and pure energy while also having a very ominous menacing energy at the same time. simultaneously capable of great good and great mischief - soundofmind Link to original comment

not all poems are written alliyah most are lived - TypoWithoutCoffee


People: Jesus, Leonardo daVinci, Martin Luther, Immanuel Kant, Howard Zehr, Madeleine L'Engle, Desmond Tutu, Gordan Ramsay Subjects: poetry, theology, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, genealogy, Biblical study Hobbies: poetry, instruments (piano, ukulele, violin, guitar, autoharp), art, ancestry, journaling, crochet, list-making Preferred Conventions: lowercased letters, superfluous conjunctions, extra spaces when using forward slashes (ie. this / that)


I lead a local Christian non-profit organization, coordinating a variety of religious, educational, charitable, evangelistic, and community activities and services.

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