Robert Cely is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Union Seminary. He is married with four children and lives in West Columbia, South Carolina. He is pastor of Cherokee Presbyterian Church in Gilbert, South Carolina
In Memory of a Lost World, March 2020
One man can see the awful destiny unfolding before humanity. One man can see the danger.
But what can one man do against the power of the gods?
An anonymous and unknown man, one face lost among millions
A door that awakens the mind to life
The secret magic of the world waiting to be discovered
A beautiful race of ancient beings
And a dark secret that has been hidden for hundreds of years
For Elias Whitsun, a magi once hailed as the next great prodigy, the world doesn’t make sense anymore. Ten years are missing from his memory and the Enclave thinks he was involved in something dark and terrible, though Elias can’t remember what. Lost in his own mind amid the sands of a dying world, a stranger wherever he goes, Elias struggles to find the effort to care about anything.
When his path crosses with an angry, young war widow and her precocious son, his apathy meets an unexpected challenge, and he finds himself reluctantly hoping again. Most challenging of all is the stranger who joins them; a man whose mere gaze can stir up storm clouds in Elias’ mind.
Together with the Enclave guard sent to spy on Elias, the unlikely group braves the broken world in search of hope. But all is not what it seems, as they each carry a secret with them. And the greatest secret of all could lie in Elias’s own mind, buried somewhere in his lost memories. A secret that could save the world.
The Seeker, December 2017
He comes treading over the empty sands, beyond the beacons and lighthouses on distant shores. By the many paths he walks, always searching, a heart always burning. Through the ages, traversing the ruins of mighty empires, forgotten wastes and songs long dimmed upon the memory of man. He comes bearing fire and flame, speaking words holy and profane, to the prophet, the king, and the madman. He speaks of the stars and the sand, of dreams simmering beneath the word our tongue cannot find and the memory our minds cannot hold. He is the Seeker, whose steps cross the ages of the world. He is me and he is you. “The Seeker” is a new collection of poems by Robert W. Cely.