Descriptive, powerful, and beautiful is how I would describe Jessica Goody’s collection of poems. These poems cover a wide variety of subjects from nature, animals, and people to the normal everyday.
The main theme is transformation. Overcoming pain and trauma – showing the resilience of the human spirit through verse. Most who know me here on the blog or Facebook know that I lost my mom recently. So many of Jessica’s poems touched me deeply. Of course we know I’m not an expert in anything poetry but I feel if you read poetry and it has in some way affected you then you’ve read a beautiful piece.
There were many poems that I really liked but a few touched me on a deeper level. The one I’d like to share with you I think likely refers to a couple separating but for me it reminded me so much of my mom…
Everything is as you left it.
The stack of books on your
nightstand, the photographs
lining the bureau, your shoes
lined up beneath the bed.
A crossword lies by your
place at the table, eternally
unfinished, a pencil guarding
the half-filled squares.
Your favourite mug sits empty:
Every crevice holds your spoor.
A strand of your hair still clings
to the cool whiteness of the pillow,
your scent like perfume in the air.
(From Phoenix: Transformation Poems by Jessica Goody)