D. L. Finn, a prolific author whose work spans many genres, from children’s fiction to horror and poetry, reviews my new book…
“Midnight Haiku” is a thought-provoking collection. Seven Haikus accompany a beautiful photograph. There are 365 poems, one for each day of the year. Although I read this in two sittings, this would be a perfect book to pick up each morning or evening and contemplate the daily poem—which I will be doing. The words touched my soul many times. Then, I’d have to stop to reread and absorb the meaning. There are so many images offered within seventeen syllables that are layered on top of each other.
I love the idea of writing a single poem at midnight for a year when the world is quiet. Over the last couple of years, I have developed a deep respect for Haiku poems. Here are a few of my favorites:
each path is a mystery,
until it is walked,”
“Surrounded by gloom,
still there is a patch of light,
alive against the darkness,”
“Not all birds can fly,
not all who fly have feathers,
but all dreams have wings.”
This is a collection I highly recommend for those who love poetry and those who like to ponder life’s mystery.
The photographs and the three hundred and sixty five poems within this book collate a year’s journey in poetry through the seasons and the intermingled landscape of mind, body and spirit.
seeds borne lightly on the breeze
pen captures whispers
The poems were originally published as #midnighthaiku every night at the appropriate time, leaving behind, like Cinderella, a trace of a day’s passing and a glimmer of the day yet to come.
Each poem can be read alone and simply ‘on the surface’. Many can be read in sequences that add an extra dimension to the wider human tale contained within these pages.
But each poem has its own layers of meaning too, waiting to be discovered by those who turn their attention to the heart.