Everyday Poetry: Looking on the Bright Side of Life
When I think of Jen, two words come immediately to mind; friend and funny.
Jen deeply values friendships and she is a faithful friend herself. She regularly hosts get togethers, whether it involves coffee at a local coffee shop or dinner and a movie at her house. She cares for others and this is seen in her thoughtfulness.
Jen is also really funny. She makes me laugh in a way that few others do. She uses her wit and sarcasm to form a creative sense of humor.
Why am I going on about these two character traits of hers? Because they shine forth in her book.
In "My Forever Friend and Sister" she demonstrates how great friendships can be made within one's own family. A Record of Rights reveals how friends can show us our own sin in a helpful way. An Entirely Lovely Afternoon and Twilight reflect her enjoyment in spending time with those close to her.
Jen's sense of humor is shown in poems like To My Headache, The Subtle Dangers of Whipped Cream and in one of my favorites, The Fugitive - a poem about a weird dream come to reality, a cheeseburger dropping by for a visit!
Her creativity with words is seen in Harry the Canary, Questions Over Brunch and Unexpected Endings.
While Jen excels with the unexpected and "experimentations on traditional form", you will still find the occasional traditional poem with beautiful word imagery in Unexpected Bougainvillea and Dictionary.
I have to admit, my favorite poems are always short and sweet and Jen has a number of these in her book. I'll share a few with you:
Short Summer Haiku
Coffee in the shade.
Nice afternoon naps.
Fun parties at night.
The Inevitable Mr. M.
to hold your hand
as we walk through life
as husband and wife.
and one last one,
At the end of the day,
I open the window and lie in bed.
Freedom flows through the curtains,
and cradles my head.
I actually meant to write this review awhile ago, but things worked out perfectly as it happens to be Jen's birthday today! So, happy birthday my sweet friend! Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us in your delightful book.
You can order one yourself from Amazon, right here. And seriously, you should get a copy yourself, if for no other reason than to read about that runaway cheeseburger!