On reading these 96 or so poems, I was reminded of a day about 18 months ago where I was standing by a river at a spot that is very special to me, in a remote bush land. Now, I don’t believe in ‘god’ as such, I follow no religion. But I am a spiritual person. I believe in a higher being and have had many experiences in my life that have confirmed this belief.
As I stood by the river a voice spoke to me. Not a real voice but something from deep within or high above, I don’t know, but very real and very clear. This ‘voice’ said to me, ‘You know that everything will be alright. Everything is as it should be and you will be okay.’ That was all. I hadn’t asked a direct question. I had simply stood by the water basking in the beauty of my surrounds. But this statement answered all the fears and questions that had been swirling around inside me in the months prior to this. It was as if a higher being had been listening to me and had given me a direct answer. Of course, I cried standing there by the water because I was overwhelmed by the experience.
Life can be like that at times. Overwhelming, confusing, wonderful, painful. Being able to write ourselves through these things is where poetry comes into being. This collection is no exception. Here we have a smorgasbord of what life can lay before us on the table: God, sleep, birth, death, the wonder of nature, peace (or the hope for it), the wonder of life. The simple and the complicated.
From humans trying to define life through theology only to have God wink at us, to wearing yellow linen, to comparing a Crabapple tree to a dessert with cream and strawberry icing, to the majesty of a bird heralding dawn to lines that I wish I had written like:
Oh blessed gift of sleep
To die a little
To be immune from time and memory …
This collection is full of vivid images, humour and thought provoking ideas. And like anyone, I will react to different poems at different times, depending on what’s happening in my life.
I encourage you to take a copy, go into a quiet place and delve into the pages to discover something that resonates with you.