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Poetry That Touches Your Soul

There something about poetry that speaks to your emotions, your desires and dreams. Here are a few more poetry books I’ve read that will stay with me forever:

  1. Hues of Hope–a collection of favorite poems from Balroop’s published books
  2. Avian Friends–beautiful poems about birds

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5

Hues of Hope

by Balroop Singh

This latest poetry book by Balroop Singh, Hues of Hope (2022), is a delectable collection of Reader’s Favorites from among Balroop’s many poetry books. Some will sound familiar, in the way that favorite poems do, like an old friend stopping by to visit, where you enjoy re-reading them to remind yourself how they sooth your soul. If you’ve read other books by Balroop (see my review of xx xx xx), you will know her choice of words and structure have a way of transporting readers to realms they’ve never before visited, never want to leave. . Hues and color. The preview on Amazon does an excellent job of summarizing the poems:

Hues Of Hope is the collection of readers’ favorite poems from my poetry books. These poems explore the hope that lies within our heart, hope that whispers each morning to look at the horizon, hope that inspires us to look beyond the chaotic world and take the next step to vanquish the fears that try to fetter us. It promises to take us to an oasis of peace, unravels magical moments of joy, as beams of love calm our senses. It even guides us through dark alleys to show the streaks of light that shimmer through the clouds.

She breaks it into sections–Beyond the chaotic world, When each moment shimmers, Beams of Love, Reflections that retort–each with a selection of poem. Two of my favorites were:

  • Do you remember?
  • Illusional Calm
  • A Shrieking Echo

…and my favorite lines:

“Refulgent rainbow in my garden Stood with open arms”

“Squirrels watch spellbound Slowly they descend from branches”

“Memories and Moments Our favorite meeting place Where we found solace”

“Did I say I forgave all? Then why do memories gnaw Digging deeper at the fissures”

Read this when you need food for your psyche. Highly recommended for those who need a break from the everyday world.

Avian Friends

by Yvette Prior

Yvette Prior’s Avian Friends (2017) is a book of poems about birds and more. Here’s the Amazon blurb:

In Avian Friends, you will find more than forty bird-themed poems about everyday life. The poems are easy to digest and also include “behind the poem” information with research tidbits, personal reflections, and ideas for wellness. The topic of faith has been gently woven in (not in a religious way) with the hope that you might be encouraged and enriched. The poems in this book are not complicated poems; instead, they are simple and targeted for the person who does not always read poetry – although some master poets will find some takeaways as well.

I have never read poetry about birds. I’m sure it’s out there. I just never found it. My interest in our feathered friends started when I had to research them for a book I was writing, how they communicate with chirps and whistles and songs. Yvette’s interest started with a tree planted in her yard that attracted the birds. She listened to their voices, enjoyed their community, and was drawn to their lives so much, she wrote poems about them. This book is unique from other poetry books because she not only shares her poetry, but the background for what inspired them. She breaks the book into several sections:


Mixed Enjoyment

Life and Death


A few of my favorites are Do birds cry and So Much to do with lines like:

“Birds chirp Dogs bark Kids talk Coffee drips Clock ticks Phone buzzes”

“Before our story ends… and we are through let’s become more mindful of all that we do flying, building, foraging, surviving live life full don’t get lost”

“We are not at home in any earthly place you were right nephew, “It’s all about God’s grace.” I will meet you higher, on”

If you’re looking for an unusual approach to birds told with affection and inspiration, this is the book for you.

Yvette Prior enjoys working with people. Her goal as a writer is to educate, edify, and encourage readers. Her personal blog can be found at priorhouse blog.

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022


92 thoughts on “Poetry That Touches Your Soul

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  2. Hi Jacqui – thank you for these two reviews … Balroop’s poems, while Yvette’s avian poems both sound really interesting reads … cheers to all three – Hilary

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  3. Thank you for sharing!!.. sometimes poetry can enable us to view the world differently, perhaps awaken dormant feelings and thoughts!.. maybe be a rainbow in someone’s cloud… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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    • I tend to read books recommended by Indie folks I find through blogging, which probably explains the breadth. I’m reading one now I never would have picked up if not for Natalie Aguirre. And it’s great!

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  4. Oh Jacquj
    I am so honored and happy to get this review !
    You made my day and I value your opinion so much –
    Also – I need to read the other book you featured, Hues of Hope!
    Many thanks for taking the time to read my book and the share your key takeaways

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  5. Excellent reviews, Jacqui. You don’t review poetry much, so it was great to see these here. I also enjoyed Hues of Hope. I enjoy everything Balroop writes. 🙂 And thanks for introducing me to Yvette’s book! This is the first I’ve heard of it, and plan to pick it up. It sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  6. Hi Jacqui, thanks for these two wonderful reviews of poetry books. I also loved Balroop’s book. I didn’t realise Yvette had a poetry book but I see it is a paperback only. I will see if I can find it on Amazon UK as I order paperbacks from there.

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