51q--TuuxvLReviewed by Poppy Johnson 

The poems in Observations put the reader outside on the fresh grassy lawn when people are led by the sounds and smells of summer to appreciate each day as it comes. The author personifies various aspects of summer, such as a forgotten shed in the poem “Shed” that morphs into a new structure in the mind of a child, and becomes a child’s castle or dungeon at will. The author’s observations take the reader back to a soft glowing morning or a memorable rain shower; even if you read the poems in winter, you are sent back to your own best memories of the summer season with this poetry collection.

The recurring themes in this poetry collection are loss, purgatory and muted grieving, school violence, looking at years passing by which makes us wiser and more forgiving, rain as sprinkles or torrents and nature as seen, smelled, lived and recalled by anyone who takes the time to understand that these joys are the woven fabric of our lives.

The book offers rhyming poems, Haiku entries, insightful observations (hence the name of the collection), thoughts expressing gratitude, faith in what good will come in life and what we will make in life, and a belief that if we take the time to appreciate a bird’s call, our lives will definitely be richer for it.

I like the shared feeling of friendship in the poems; readers will have a chance to influence someone else and to make a difference in the life of another by enriching each other and sharing observations. This book is much like escaping to a peaceful valley made alive in our thoughts. The poems form a connection between people who understand the power in taking the time to share a beautiful moment in nature with someone else. I recommend Observations to readers of all ages.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Greg Schroeder. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.