Poems For Loved Ones by Kenzo Amariyo is a powerful collection of heartfelt poems for those who are grieving.
In the introduction we learn about the power of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is only a choice away.” We must forgive or else risk imprisoning ourselves in bitterness. Unforgiveness will hurt us most of all.
As we love, we know that one day we will hurt. The only way to prevent hurt is to lock up our heart and never love – but what sort of a life would that be?
As we live, choose to live a life of love and make memories that will warm us when loss comes.
Grief has a cycle of “denial; anger; bargaining; depression; acceptance.” We do not move on from one to the next in a fluid moment but will revisit the stages before we finally come to acceptance of what we cannot change. Each grief journey is unique.
Very Sad, Very Powerful
D.A.Ns Little Book Of War Poetry by D.A. Nicholson is absolutely heart breaking and very powerful.
The poems cover the major conflicts since World War I but with a heavy loading set during the war to end all wars.
We hear about the mud, the terror, the gunfire. Under the masterful pen of D.A. Nicholson, the terrible images spring to life as we ‘see’ the desolation of war.
There are a few poems set in Iraq and Vietnam. We hear of the terrible cruelty of the Holocaust. We ‘see’ men being given white feathers and shot for cowardice. We hear of the total futility of war, the terrible loss of lives as men are used for cannon fodder.
All the poems are powerful. The one that really affected me was Bright, Shining Light about the atomic bomb being dropped from Enola Gay. It was accompanied by a drawing of what is now the peace museum. It really shows the futility of war:
“Men, women, and children, getting on with their lives, on this warm summer’s day,
The world changed forever when they dropped the atomic bomb from the Enola Gay.”
When Both Ends Meet by Alan C Hammond is a wonderful eclectic collection of poems, all cleverly constructed and highly entertaining.
Each poem is introduced by the author. They are varying lengths from just four lines to a couple of pages.
The poems cover a variety of subjects. I had my favourites. I particularly liked Sonnet about a mother, and also the very first poem When Both Ends Meet about Santa and Lucifer. Some poems make you think – why does a gooseberry have hairs? And more seriously about the gap between the common man who does all the graft compared with those in the upper classes.
Your Words Your World by Louise Belanger is a most beautiful book of poetry about us and God, and the world that He created.
Each poem is accompanied by a stunning photo from nature that is so very beautiful. We marvel at the natural world that God has created.
God created us to live in relationship with Him and with each other. Life is never meant to be lived in grand isolation but in relationships. The poems celebrate this as they explore Biblical themes and a God who loves us.