Balroop is one of those first few bloggers I got acquainted with since the beginning of my blogging journey. I’ve been reading her blog Emotional Shadows for quite a long time and, the depth and profoundness of her words never have failed to amaze me. So, when she offered me an e-copy of her newest publication, Emerging From Shadows, (her fifth book) a collection of poems, it was quite a pleasure.
Forty poems, composed and curated by the author herself, adorn the book. All the poems, though not related to each other, seems harmonious to me as I finished reading. As if, they are pearls of the same string and, together they exude a feeling that resonates with your mind in more than one way.
Balroop’s poems liberate the mind of the reader from darkness to light. Life, for us, is not a bed of roses. It is a roller coaster ride alternating continuously with highs and lows. The carousel of life concocts love, discord, merriment and strife. Balroop made us understand this eternal truth and guides us to rise above mediocrity. Her poems would make you feel stronger from within, would help you ameliorate the pain and suffering life has thrust upon you, would lead you to have that insight towards self-discovery. There lies the magic of her!
I’ll learn to be happy
In my own solitude,
In the dark, little corners
With the words of self-compassion
(I Give Up This Chase)
Portraying the philosophy of life in the poetical form, that is what the poet has done in the book. But, so subtle, so beautiful is her approach, that the reader will never feel encumbered. The language is a delight, exuberant bubbles of words rising softly upwards– leaving behind a sillage to cherish for a long time.
Miniscule moments of hope awning around
Floating like bubbles but burst without a sound
Duress of living with mixed thoughts
Flying on the wings of optimism I thrive!
(The Secret of Being Alive)
There are poems which compelled me to read them over and over again; I cherished the thoughts, the flavour they left in my mind.
I know I have in me
All that I expect to be
To defeat despondency in time
To rise, to smile at the sunshine.
(It Will Not Last)
But, I liked most the eponymous poem of the book where the poet says,
Shadows of indifferent past
Shadows of dreary darkness
The sheen of my dreams
The delusion of my success
Faded in that shadowy existence.
I convince myself to rise, to react
To push perils that glare grimly
To satiate shadows that gloat glibly
Positive light is just round the corner
The hope is beckoning bright.
I recommend the book for all poetry lovers. It will be a joyful experience for you to go through Balroop Singh’s Emerging From Shadows.
About The Author
Balroop Singh, a former teacher and an educationalist always had a passion for writing. The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision
the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ Now, she is a poet, a non-fiction writer and a blogger. This is her fifth book.
Balroop Singh has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. The moonlight streaming through her garden, the flowers, the meadows, the butterflies cast a spell on her. She lives in San Ramon, California.
Buy Link: Amazon.in