The Shades of Nature 2 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 2”
Shades of Nature is a beautiful collection of short poems that transports you right into the thick of nature and you feel surrounded by forests, streams, animals, plants, the sun and the sky.
Nature has a soothing, calming effect on the body and mind. This book of poems has the same effect. It is akin to taking a walk in a forest, gazing at the birds and animals, taking a stroll on the beach, watching the waves, or watching the snow fall, clothing everything in a white blanket.
Some of my favorite poems are Waves (which talks about the movement of waves), This Season Called Spring (which explores the beauty of a night during spring season), The Waves That Tumble (about one’s unshakeable faith in God), The Garden, Rare (about the solace that time spent in a garden can offer), Sunbeams (seems to be a poem about summer love), and In Between (about friendship/love).
The power of words is on display here–such simple words, yet woven so beautifully to form eloquent images that you can see in your mind’s eye.
Each poem is presented in a different font, which has a pleasing effect. There’s good use of whitespace to give an airy feeling, providing the mind an opportunity to dwell on a single poem for as long as you like.
Johnson writes about babbling brooks and raccoons often–seems to be her favorite theme. Not all the poems are cheerful. Some are sad, some are thoughtful, some even hopeful–and all with nature as the backdrop. You get to experience a wide range of feelings through the poems.
This collection is just the right thing when you want a little pick-me-up or you’re looking for some solace amidst a busy and tiring day. I felt enveloped by warmth and peace while reading this book. There really is magic in words!
(I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)
About Lesli Johnson
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!