All artists reveal something of themselves within their work. But for me, poetry is the music of our soul, holding a vulnerability that cannot be masked by fiction, making it particularly difficult to write.
I like poetry that grips me, draws me in, until I reach the end and realise that I’m still holding my breath. I don’t want to wade through lines, trying to find the message.
The Color of Dawn by Amber Jerome-Norrgard is touchingly direct and revealing. As it navigates the story of her life we share her happiness, fondness, sadness and woes; which resonate with particular moments in our own lives. This collection covers love, loss, motherhood and lifestyle; aspects that we all experience, and shows a strength of character and resilience that is to be admired.
Reading the book, I found it hard to narrow down my favourites in such a rich collection. But here is a list of the poems that touched me most:
If I Could Live my Life Over.
My Best Friend
Goodbye, Long Time Lover
Amber has generously agreed to let me showcase my all time favourite from this collection which she dedicates to her daughter, Amethyst:
To My Child
I haven’t yet truly met you
But you’re always on my mind
I’m hoping that soon you’ll come to me
From the love in this heart of mine
I hope you’ll have your father’s eyes
The color of summer’s sky
I’m hoping you’ll get your father’s wit
Which brings more laughter than mine
From me I hope you get the strength
To stand up whenever you fall
And the ability to see the important things
Knowing some small ones don’t matter at all
I hope you’ll always be happy
Always have laughter in your heart
And I hope I’ll be able to teach you the important things
So you’ll know about life when we part
I’m ready to hug and love you
Give you the best of everything as well
I’m ready to finally meet you
‘Cause in my heart is where you dwell.
I strongly recommend this book, which offers wonderful raw talent in an area often overlooked.
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To learn more about Amber, visit her website at http://amberjeromenorrgard.com/ or follow her on Twitter @AmberNorrgard