Sunday, June 24, 2018

Colors of the Heart by Vicky-Lyn Ashby

In this poetry collection, the poems are presented in alphabetical order interspersed with interesting black and white photographs. Most of the poems are of a rhyming nature with a particular beat. They are poems of emotion: joy, love, heartache and more.

One of my favorite verses is from the poem, Before my eyes:

  A treasured friend you've been to me
  You picked me up and set me free
  You give me direction when I need to know
  When you take my hand, there's no place I can't go.

Here is another favorite verse, this one from Friends...:

  The laughter we share, I cherish it so
  Even the tears that come and go
  I don't think I would have made it without you
  Thank you so much for a friendship so true.

I am not a poet nor am I a good judge of poetry. There were times, however, where I would have liked to see some editing. For example, the last lines from the poem, Candle in the rain:

  “In the memory of a smile there's so much to gain.
  It's equivalent to the spark of a candle in the rain...”

I would have liked a more poetic word than “equivalent.” That word just does not roll off my tongue well.

These poems are good examples of expressing emotions through poetry. Budding poets would do well to read this collection for inspiration.

You can listen to an interview with Ashby here.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

Vicky-Lyn Ashby had her first poem publisher at age fifteen. She has published three books of poetry and has had several poems made into songs.

PageTurner Press and Media, 124 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Authors Large and Small. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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