Poetry

Shades of Nature

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A light and refreshing collection of poetry made to lift the reader away from the day to day monotony of life.

Synopsis

The Shades of Nature contains 50 pages of poems. They are unique and as varied as the people who delve into them. Take a rainy day with a rainbow crowning it. Some people miss the glory of the rainbow because of their disdain for rain. The lightly falling snow can create a winter wonderland to build a snowman or simply something to be shoveled.

Brooks and valleys, lakes and oceans, mountains and hills, lots of scenery, lots of seasons, animals of all kinds, sunrises and sunsets. are just a few of the situations your senses will delight in.

That's what you'll find in "Shades of Nature"

Enjoy!

Shades of Nature by Lesli Johnson is an independently published poetry collection. The poetry in this collection is easy to read and rich in imagery. The poet follows a form for each poem, and where there is rhyme or near rhyme, it seems natural and unforced. In fact, the only thing that seems forced in the collection is the alphabetical arrangement of the poems. Much of the poetry has a comfortable feeling to it. It is nature poetry that is complete in itself. There is no contemplating deeper meanings or hidden thoughts:


As the lake shimmers

by the light of the moon

the lovely swans float

and the bluebells bloom.

from "A Whisper of Bliss"


The image formed is complete and straightforward. There is no wondering "why bluebells?" or "what do the swans represent to the poet." In a way, it is like a Bob Ross painting. Uncomplicated strokes that create something more than the sum of the actions. Along the same lines, people ask if Ross was a great artist. The answer is no, he was more of a pop therapist. His work helped people; he calmed, soothed, and took people away from whatever was bothering them. Johnson's writing works in the same way. She writes happy little poems. They are uplifting and satisfying and will appeal to a mass audience, but in fifty years, students will not be dissecting them in literature class, and there is nothing wrong with that. Not everything needs to be high art. Sometimes all we need is a casual diversion from day to day life. A refreshing read.  

Reviewed by

Joseph Spuckler has a Masters Degree in International Relations and a deep appreciation for poetry and Modernist writers. He is a Marine Corps veteran and works as a mechanic devoting his off hours for motorcycling and reviewing poetry. Originally from Cleveland, he currently resides in Dallas.

Synopsis

The Shades of Nature contains 50 pages of poems. They are unique and as varied as the people who delve into them. Take a rainy day with a rainbow crowning it. Some people miss the glory of the rainbow because of their disdain for rain. The lightly falling snow can create a winter wonderland to build a snowman or simply something to be shoveled.

Brooks and valleys, lakes and oceans, mountains and hills, lots of scenery, lots of seasons, animals of all kinds, sunrises and sunsets. are just a few of the situations your senses will delight in.

That's what you'll find in "Shades of Nature"

Enjoy!

Shades of Nature


A Pretty Picture

The lake is of beauty.

The pines, majestic are.

The snow is floating softy,

a globe ball shaken round.

The geese fly to warmth.

Squirrels choose to stay.

This paints a pretty picture

of what nature is today.


A Whisper of Bliss

When the sun goes down

and the stars appear,

they twinkle brightly

for the sky is clear.

As the lake shimmers

by the light of the moon,

the lovely swans float

and the bluebells bloom.

A night such as this

bestows on my heart

a whisper of bliss.

May it ne’er depart.


As the River Flows

As the river flows,

flowers find its favor.

Lush ferns line the banks,

both, down and up the river.

A raccoon paws its food.

Butterflies fill the air.

Squirrels store their acorns

as, for winter, they prepare.

A sight such as this

floods the many senses.

A place most delightful,

minus the expenses.


Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves on the ground,

arrive there after twirling round.

They are joined by leaves on trees

that are falling in the breeze.

The beauty of the leaves abounds

as they fall without a sound.

They lay in multi-colored piles

where they make for many smiles.

Happy are the children, now,

who pile them up and jump around.

Tis only when it’s time to rake

they all get a tummy ache.

Multi-colored leaves prevail

until the branches are all bare.

Even beyond the loss of them,

is knowing that they’ll come again.

About the author

Writing poetry is my favorite past time. I've written and published 7 books. They are all poetry laden. My poems are short and inventive being designed to bring joy to the reader. In a poem, one can experience anything that the mind can think of. There is no end to what can be imagined. Enjoy! view profile

Published on October 30, 2020

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