[hey poet, tell me a story] or, #2 Break Fast

Hello, and welcome back! I’m so glad you’ve decided to pop onto my little corner of the internet for a couple minutes. πŸ™‚

Today I’m sharing part 2 of my short story written entirely in free verse poetry. If you haven’t read part 1, make sure to click here to catch up on that before reading this next poem.

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[hey poet, tell me a story] or, #1 – Too Small

Greetings and salutations to all my lovely readers!:)

First of all, I must apologize for falling off the face of the blog world for a month with no prior notice or explanation. There are a few reasons to why this happened, but the main three are as follows:

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Top 5 Fiction Reads of 2019

Greetings! As promised, I’m back with my first bookish post after my 2019 reading recap. If you haven’t read it you can do so here! πŸ˜‰ I’m excited to be sharing these books with you. Good fiction is becoming an increasingly rare commodity, so when I find it, I enjoy sharing it with the world. πŸ™‚Β 

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Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

I was determined not to like this book. It’s not typically the type of book I go for, and because certain people said that I would like it, I, being contrary, decided I wouldn’t like it. But then I was forced to read it for an English Lit class. And I then totally changed my mind (Surprise, suprise :D).

This book is a literary classic for a reason. Not only is the plot riveting, but it also covers some really deep issues. What makes a creature human? Is evil innate or learned? These question are grappled with time and again throughout this book. I really appreciated the way that Shelley writes. The story is gripping and haunting, heart-breaking and fascinating. It’s not one that you can shake easily, and is definitely worth a read (even if you think it isn’t your type of book at all!).Β 

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Blue Birds – Caroline Starr Rose

This book was a delightful discovery that I made last year. By now you all know that I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. Not only is this book historical fiction, but it is also written in free-verse poetry – another one of my new-found literary loves. This book tells the story of two girls – one white, one Native American – who forge a friendship, despite the adversity of the world they inhabit. The free-verse poetry is such a good way of both separating and intertwining the two girls’ stories – and I loved it. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, poetry, or just a good, heart-wrenching story!Β 

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The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

Lewis has become one of my new-found loves. I’ve never read much of his works before 2019 – but I’m now thoroughly enamoured with his books. This book was my favourite of his works’ that I read this past year. Simply put – it’s genius. It’s vividly eye-opening and stark and arresting in all the best ways. Shot through with Lewis’s signature dry humour, it’s an incredibly enjoyable read. I’ve talked aΒ fair amount about it on my blog before – suffice it to say, I really, really like this book. πŸ˜€

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The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

This classic book took me an inordinately long time to finish. Not because it’s bad – far from it, it’s actually fantastic. But I read it with my Dad and sister and we are notoriously bad at forgetting about things. πŸ˜€ However, I finally finished this book in 2019, and I’m incredibly glad that I did so. I now understand all the hype about Tolkien and his incredibly detailed and complex story worlds. The story is richly embroidered with detail and beautiful history and heart. Yes, this book is an absolute tome. But it’s 100% worth it to make your way slowly and carefully through it. It contains the result of an insanely bright man’s brain – and it’s beautiful.Β 

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The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews

This book broke my heart in the best way possible. It’s chock full of beautifully messy and hilarious and precious people. The story is heart-wrenching and perfect. The writing is all sparkle and glimmers of hope in the overwhelming darkness of life. And you need to read this book. I read it in one breathless sitting one summer night, and finished at 2 am with tears in my eyes. The story displays the brokenness and beauty of humanity so very well, and my heart was both broken and warmed by it.Β 

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And there you have it – my top 5 books of 2019! I definitely read some fantastic fiction last year, and I’m all the better for it! πŸ˜‰

What were your top reads of 2019? Have you read any books that I covered in this post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! πŸ™‚Β 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

The Boy Who Steals Houses – C.G. Drews

The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

Blue Birds – Caroline Starr Ro

Poem – Wonder

Poetry is very unpredictable.

Sometimes it sneaks upon you when you’re thinking of a million things, persistently piercing through a cloud of thoughts until you can’t think of anything else but it.

Other times it is slow to come – despite your open arms, it lingers on the threshold of thought, waiting until you have nearly given up on it ever arriving.

Sometimes it comes quickly, eager and clear and in a moment you have it captured on a page.

Other times it comes from a place you didn’t know existed until that moment, and suddenly you have words on a page that you aren’t sure even you understand, despite you having penned them.

Sometimes it sings, other times it whispers.

Sometimes it refuses to speak at all, and you’re forced to create a poem from its silence. 

Sometimes it’s all of those things combined – the rushing and the waiting, the song and the silence, the eager hesitation of words you didn’t know existed but yet somehow have been found deep inside your soul. 

This is one of those poems:

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listen –

can you hear the wonder of the world?

wrapped in a song of sunlight and shadows –

eons of suns and moons harmonize with

the stars that blaze briefly before

surrendering to the weight of time,

their fading mirrored in a silent sky.

 

look –

can you see the wonder of the world?

wishing for warmth while embracing the

creeping shadows of cold and ice

borne deep in the womb of eternity,

and there – a sea of salted tears

runs swiftly, hand in hand with the stormy sky.

 

lean close –

can you feel the wonder of this world?

drawing thin and near in the corners of space

the brightness of galaxies reach with tremulous hands

to brush the sleeping earth with starry fingers;

mingling like a kiss with the rush of rivers

and the stillness of many mountains.

 

be still for a moment –

listen with eager ears,

look with yearning eyes,

lean close to touch with gentle hands…

the wonder of this world is near.

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Where do you see the wonder of the world drawing close to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!