The regular readers of my blog perhaps are aware of my addiction to Nature, Yes, I’m addictive to the hues and tones of Mother Nature. The caressing melody of a waterfall, the glittering darkness of the night, the sashaying of clouds in the sky- I feel enchanted and enthralled when I look at these simple wonders. Nature is my eternal inspiration, my healer, my comfort.
So, at the first glance to the book, Lei: A Wreath For Your Soul, which, according to the author, is “inspired by Nature, reflecting on life”, I was quite hopeful of it being a nice read for me. The book is a collection of poems written mostly in the forms of Japanese haiku (following the 5-7-5 syllable form) and tanka (following the 5-7-5-7-7 form).
Somali has categorized her poems under Nature, Life, Illusion, and Inspiration. All four are inseparable, Nature nurtures and inspires life and the latter often makes us wandering in the whirlpool of illusion.
The poems make you think, wonder and often you’ll be mesmerized by the way the author has painted the world with words. In poems where the syllables are numbered, one has to be nifty in choosing words, the end effect depending entirely on it. Somali has done it with ease, the readers almost lose themselves in the enjoyment of words.
Lei: A Wreath For Your Soul is a breezy read. Like the softness of the fragrant spring breeze, it leaves you in peace and comfort, desiring for more. I especially want to cite this tanka from the collection, this one, I think, has been nicely buoyed by a deep sense of philosophy:
Looking back in time,
joining dots, I find, a few
moments, which seemed
once mild, have surreptitiously
shaped and bent the course of life.
The book is an amazing read for all poetry lovers. I hope the author would come up with more of her collection in the future.
To read more of Somali’s work, kindly visit her blog Scribble and Scrawl
Buy the book: Amazon.com (kindle edition)