Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Bennett-Henry is a Southern Girl through and through. Sweet as candy, sharp as a blade, and talented beyond measure, Stephanie’s poetry is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable. You can find more of her exquisite words at Stephanie Bennett-Henry, and on Instagram 

Stephanie created Raging Rhetoric in 2014 and has been very busy, behind the scenes, with several new ventures that will be announced this year.


8 thoughts on “Meet Stephanie”

  1. I have followed your site on Facebook for a month or so, and I was chuffed to find you have a blog here too! I’ll be coming here all the time, now! I’m so happy, lol.

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  2. Hi Stephanie. I’m hoping you can help me. I have deep feelings for an old friend. The timing is not good right now for us though. I have some things that I need to work out on my end first. Despite our mutual interest in each other, she drifted off into the darkness yesterday…siting your poem on FB as the only reasonable explanation for her departure…

    Here is the poem..

    “When I fade off into the darkness that you don’t understand. I hope you wait for me to step back into the light. But if you choose not to, I will thank you. Because if you never understood the dark side of me, you certainly aren’t worthy of how beautiful my light is. My light is only for the ones who never left me alone in the dark.”

    I sent her a text message after I read that. I told her that I read her post (your poem). I told her that I am available to talk anytime and that I will never leave because I can see her in the dark…I’ve said this to her before today…

    As author of this wonderful poem, can you help me understand what it means to fade into the darkness, understanding her dark side and returning to the light?

    Thanks so much. Your work is incredible.


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    1. Rob,
      I too am very curious as to your inquiry to the same poem. See I too have lost someone recently this year to the darkness and she cited the same poem. My sweet, Beautifully strong daughter.
      I too would like some perspective, even though I know in my heart that no two paths, lives, or reasons are the same. They are as unique I’m sure as those who cited the poem.
      But in any case, hearing from the author may provide even some glimpse of hope or understanding that to me would be enough until I really know.
      Did you hear. Ack from the author?
      Can you share? Please?

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      1. I’m sorry that you lost your daughter, Christian. When I wrote this poem, I was trying to express the importance of understanding someone both in their dark times, as well as their light. The highs and lows, the happy and the sad. To stay through the dark times and wait for the light to come back, and the smile to come back. I wrote this to express the importance of not only staying with someone when they’re happy, but also when they’re not. From my own experience, the people who didn’t stay through the dark times, don’t deserve to come back and be with me under my light- when the darkness leaves. It was an all or nothing perspective. ❤️ Hope this helps. Sometimes people step into a darkness that is difficult to come out of and when they do, there’s no one left waiting for them because people want to see you when you’re shining, when you’re smiling. Because the dark hurts sometimes to look at or be around. But it’s important to understand, because it’s much harder for the person going through it. Especially if they have to go through it alone.
        I’m sorry for your loss. This poem can be interpreted different ways. I can’t know the perspective of the reader, I can only share with you what I was feeling when I wrote it. 💜


    2. The poem means you should stick with people through their dark times as well as their light. Good and bad. It means you should love the person despite their dark, or low times just as you would through their light, happy times. When I say “when I fade off into the darkness that you don’t understand” it means when I go to that place (the low or the sadness) that has never been understood by others. And some people choose not to stay and understand through those times. Some choose to only stay when I’m always smiling. That’s what this poem was about when I wrote it. ❤️


      1. When someone slips into the darkness and hurts the one that they are supposed to love, your thoughts are that those that are hurt should stick with that person going through the darkness and hurting others? I ask because I’m going through a situation that has turned my world upside down. Your explanation made me feel ashamed for not staying with my wife through an infidelity. I then remembered that she had a choice and that choice had consequences that changed our relationship forever.

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      2. No. It’s not to say that slipping into the darkness is an excuse that makes it okay to hurt people. I’m sorry that made you feel ashamed. This piece was written about depression; specifically bipolar. The slipping into the darkness was simply the way I expressed sadness and how not everyone understands the highs and lows and the sadness that sometimes comes out of nowhere. It’s a dark place and not everyone can relate to that place… and how alone it is.. so they leave, or pretend it doesn’t exist, or they don’t know what to do. When I wrote this, it was to say- when someone is going through a hard time, be there for them- as they would for you. Be there for them in their dark as you would be there during their light. But that’s definitely not to suggest that you should keep being with someone who hurts you. It works both ways. I’m sorry my explanation wasn’t better- you definitely shouldn’t feel ashamed. You are correct, everyone has a choice.
        Simply put, I wrote this to say- don’t only care about someone when they are full of light, but also when they are going through dark times. ❤️ Hope that helps.


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