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Posted August 7, 2012
The first poem Myth of Urvi is guaranteed to please the followers of Tolkien and others. It is the first mythical one I have ever read. I would definitely target the younger crowd to draw attention. Very nice.
The rest of the works paint a wonderful adventure through life. We've all felt the emotions as we travel through our journey of life. Very well done.
Almost forgot, I enjoyed the smattering of pictures through the work. They helped set the tone and allowed for reflection.
I found few personal favorites: Dear Friend, Do not Change, The band of Friendship and last but not least, A child in you. This one reminded me of my dad. He passed at 84 but up until his departure he always had this childish gleam in his eyes. I believe it was his view of life (to never grow old) that kept him surrounded by great friends and company. He is missed.
Thank you for the wonderful thoughts.
Posted April 5, 2012
Reviewed by Lori M for Readers Favorite
Poet Payal Roy explains in the preface that poetry has been a major focus in her life since junior high when she was required to create a poem as a class assignment. Inspired by the emotion of writing as well as nature photography, she includes some of her pictures (as well as those taken by her husband) in the book as well.
In her piece titled “A Child in You,” she encourages the reader to quit being so bored/boring and to remember that you only live once and should enjoy every moment of it. The poem invites you to remember all of the simple joys of your childhood running on green lawns and seeing the magic in nature.
Many of the poems include elements of nature such as sky, grass, flowers, and trees and most of them talk about life being precious and to have hope and enjoy the beautiful world by appreciating it each and every day. Among the inspiring photos are images of the sunset over Lotus Temple in India, a beach in France, the countryside in Prague, a mountain in Spain, clouds in Poland and flowers in the Netherlands.
In “Light,” Roy contemplates light being a flicker of hope, a true spirit, a lack of ignorance, or a thirst for knowledge. In this collection of more than 40 poems, you’ll find pieces titled, “Reach Out,” “Colours,” “Saga of Life,” “A Never Ending Hope,” and “In a Nutshell” among many others.