Poems to better weather the many waves of grief
by Donna Ashworth
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Pub Date 04 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 06 Oct 2022
For those cast adrift in the lonely sea of grief, this collection offers solace for when the water gets rough.
Donna Ashworth's poetry reminds us that love and grief are intertwined, and life's true treasure lies in those we hold most dear.
Intended to rejuvenate weary souls; these poems are a must for anyone who has lost someone.
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Emotional and beautifully written poems that reach out and speak to you.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
Simply WOW! Donna Ashworth’s words touched my soul. She truly knows how to artfully put words to feelings that most people don’t know how to describe. Her poems brought tears to my eyes as they brought forth memories of those I have lost. Her poetry touches every type of loss: spouse, child, mother, father. While some of the poems brought tears, it was bittersweet reading poetry about what I am feeling. So if you have experienced loss, pick up this book and read Donna Ashworth’s poems, I’m sure you will feel that some of these poems were written for you.
Thank you NetGalley and Black & White Publishing for the eARC of this book. I am voluntarily leaving my review. My opinion is my own and not solicited in any way.
As I have said before when I have reviewed these types of books, I wouldn't say I am a great lover of poetry, in fact I am much nearer the opposite side of the scale. Recently book by book my view has been changing. I can honestly say I truly loved some of the different types of poetry by this author, and in particular the ones in this book. Some are not necessarily poetry as I would imagine it so much but still resonated and felt they belonged in this collection.
If you are organising a funeral service some of these are ideal to be read at those. As I said earlier in my review my mum recently died and we chose a poem my daughter remembered from school called Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden. There were many in this book that I could and would have had.
THE LOSS OF A MOTHER is a really good one and I took a deep breath expecting to really tear up as my own mum died quite recently but it was THE LOSS OF A FATHER that made me the most emotional, the one that had me nodding in agreement with its words and sentiment, especially with the part where your father has already planted the answers you seek etc
GREAT GRIEF is another that I definitely agree with the sentiment & words of 'that great grief is born only of great love' A sentiment recently mentioned in connection to the death of Queen Elizabeth that echoed her words of 'Grief is the price you pay for love' which she said after the death of her own husband.
Other poems I absolutely adored/loved were
ONCE A DAY
TAKE THE LOVE
IF I EVER HAVE TO LEAVE
I found I really identified with A MOURNING MOTHER, YOU MAY BE GONE, and THAT MOMENT
Having said that I also really liked FEATHERS, ROOTS, and THERE WILL ALWAYS BE LOSS
There was only one poem I felt negativity towards and it was DEATH IS A THIEF I really strongly disliked the reference to death being like a 'cancer' personally I would substitute 'cancer' with 'monster'
Summing up, whether you are a great lover or connoisseur of poetry or a complete novice learning to love poetry you will enjoy this book.
You know when you cry so hard you have a blocked nose and you can't seem to actually breath...... This is what this poetry collection has done to me!
I didn't think anything could beat Donna Ashworths 'Love' poetry collection but boy was I wrong! This honestly had my in tears the whole time! 😭
I had to take multiple breaks just so I could read through my tears! It was so heartbreakingly beautiful that I just have no words!
I just utterly loved this book! I can't even form any other type if sentence apart from how amazing this was!
I don't read a lot of poetry but when I saw the title of this book it called to me as I am currently in a season of anticipatory grief. When I read the poems in this book I felt both seen and heard, and I was able to really dig into my emotions. Reading the poems because a way to release energy that just wouldn't come out otherwise. There are several poems that I flagged as instant favorites, finding comfort in the words.
Thank you to NetGalley and Black & White Publishing for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.