Five Years! No Way.

Well I’ll be jiggered. I received a notification from WordPress yesterday telling me that it was the fifth anniversary of my signing up to WordPress. I could hardly believe it. I suppose it does not seem this long since I only actively started blogging about one and a half years ago. Initially a blog with no plan, okay that hasn’t changed much, I only rarely posted, and by rarely I mean much more rarely than now, if you can believe that.

I am sure that all of us have different reasons to be appreciative of WordPress, be that the opportunity to express our views, promote our work, meet new people, etc. For me, I have the ultimate reason to be grateful to WordPress as it is through WordPress that I met the love of my life, Ionia Martin, as most of you know. In fact, that moment feels more like the time that I first started blogging, hence my amazement at the fifth anniversary notification.

So it appears that I have made it to five years. Will I still be here in another five? Well, that remains to be seen.

Was it Really Turning

A few short lines, dedicated as always to the love of my life, Ionia Martin, thinking about how I could have believed that I was actually living before I met her.

The world appeared to be turning
Day passed into night
Something was always missing
Nothing seemed quite right

I was always searching
Something must fill that hollow
I would surely find what was lacking
Perhaps upon the morrow

A million thoughts pursued
A million roads part travelled
A million journeys ensued
My existence slowly unravelled

And then one fateful day
Whilst blogging about books
An angel came my way
One with most beauteous looks

And from this humble beginning
Love did surely grow
Now I know I’m winning
I’ve found what I didn’t know

You were what was missing
What unknowingly filled my soul
The one I’ll always be kissing
The completion of life’s goal

Now all that remains
Is to be together always
Enjoying unlimited gains
‘til the end of days

Love: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

Love Lost and FoundLove: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

Description from Goodreads

Love: Lost and Found is filled with poems reflecting the phases of love. There are poems of longing and pain and poems of exhilaration and joy. A collection of over 90 poems representing over 10 different forms of poetry (including descriptions of those forms).

I gave this book five stars out of five

My thoughts:

Pamela Beckford’s latest collection of love poetry, ‘Love: Lost and Found’, is a veritable treasure chest of gems.

I enjoyed this volume immensely. There was an incredible depth of passion evident, and the wide variety of styles and techniques just added to the view that love is a multi-faceted emotion, as evoked by the content of the poems themselves.

I would recommend this to anyone, whether or not you usually read poetry. There will be something in here for you even if you do not consider yourself a ‘poetry reader’.

Thought of the Day – Other Drivers

‘Other Drivers!’

 

Need I say more? I guess I probably should. However, I believe that propriety, the potential for libel related legal action, and fear for my own personal safety, are sufficient to prevent me from elaborating further. I am sure that you all get what I am saying.

The Poetic World of Emily Bronte by Laura Inman

The Poetic World of Emily Bronte by Laura Inman

The Poetic World of Emily Bronte

The Book

The Poetic World of Emily Brontë presents selected poems by Emily Brontë, biographical information about her, and insights to Wuthering Heights. The poems are grouped by thematic topic, preceded by discussions of literary context, Brontë’s life, and Wuthering Heights. Interpretations follow each poem enabling any reader to appreciate and enjoy her poetry.

Emily Bronte is best known for her novel, but her poetry is of equal merit and comprises virtually the only other work by her for us to read. The poems are also of great interest in their biographical value; it is a premise of this book that Emily Brontë’s poetry provides otherwise unknowable information about her personality and beliefs. Conversely, the biographical information gives insights to the meaning of her poems. Knowing her poetry also enriches one’s reading of Wuthering Heights. Unlike any other collection of Brontë’s poetry, this book presents selected poems grouped by thematic topic: nature, mutability, love, death, captivity and freedom, hope and despair, imagination, and spirituality. That approach and the accompanying discussions of the poems aim at ensuring that all readers will take meaning from the poems and develop an affinity for them.

The Author

Laura Inman is an independent scholar, free-lance writer, tutor, and retired attorney. Her interest in Victorian literature has led to the publication of two articles on Emily Brontë: “ ‘The Awful Event’ in Wuthering Heights,” Brontë Studies Volume 33, Part 3, November 2008, 19 2002, and“Emily Brontё’s Defeat of Death and Unintended Solace for Grief,” Victorians: Journal of Culture and Literature, No.121, spring 2012. She holds a J.D. from The Law School of the University of Texas at Austin, a B.A. in French from the University of Arizona, and a Masters in English Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She is a New York State certified teacher in English Language Arts and French. She writes essays and creative pieces for on-line magazines and blogs and for her own blog, thelivingphilosopher.com.

Further Information

This book will be released on the 25th July 2014.

For further information and to obtain the book, check out these links.

Goodreads

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Blog Tour – Love: Lost and Found by Pamela Beckford

Alone (double cinquain)

Alone
So incomplete
Gazing at the moonlight
Wondering just when you’ll be here
Nearby
With me
To start our lives
Never to leave again
Becoming whole and not just half
As one

Pamela has written a second collection of love poems. Poetry is an expression from deep within the soul. It can be therapeutic and healing. It can bring out all the best or the worst in life. Her poetry comes from the heart, not the head. It is an outpouring of emotion and she exposes it to the reader in the pages. Love: Lost and Found contains over 90 poems representing over a dozen different forms of poetry. The poems span the angst and despair of love lost to the exhilaration and ecstasy of a deep abiding love.

Love: Lost and Found has already received a five star review that says

“Pamela Beckford writes with her heart as much as her mind. She makes me feel things when I read her work that usually stay buried beneath the surface. Her way of expressing emotions that usually aren’t captured for later evaluation is amazing.

I also enjoy that she uses a lot of different styles and forms of poetry in her collections, making the book varied and interesting. Some are shorter and some longer, but all of them carefully constructed. Her ability to say so much in so few words is a indication of her talent as a writer.

If you are looking for an excellent poetry book, look no further.”

Pamela’s other books have also garnered some great reviews and both are available on Kindle or paperback as well.

Season of Love (tanka)

First there is summer,
Followed by fall, winter, spring
But lest we forget
The season of love appears
Bringing hope for all lost souls

Mirror Interview # 4 Rishika S.

Julian Froment:

Another fun mirror interview in the fourth installment of this excellent interview series.

Originally posted on readful things blog:

Thank you so much Rishika, for joining us on Readful Things today. It is so much fun to get a glimpse into the mind of an author and learn about their process. If you would like to do your own mirror interview, please email me from my contact me page here on the blog. Thanks everyone, and please take a moment to check out her work and spread the word!

Tell us a little about you and your work.

My name is Rishika and I publish under the name of Rishika S. My first piece of published fiction is One Chance. It’s a short story based around the life of a married couple that is torn apart by deceit. The story follows their path to finding trust and love again. A Bond Unbroken is another love story, and is based on the reunion of two people who had been greatly…

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