Reflecting the Light

Reflecting the Light❮KINDLE❯ ❁ Reflecting the Light Author Bobbie Coelho – It's not the destination but the journey that counts As time passes I look back and notice the differences between who I once was and who I am now Since being diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2002 poetry It's not the destination but the journey that counts As time passes I look back and notice the differences between who I once was and who I am now Since being diagnosed with Parkinson's in poetry has allowed me to reflect on my journey and help me Reflecting the PDF/EPUB ² make sense of the changes I have faced Following on from 'Finding the Light' my first anthology some of these poems are new and some are older but all of them were written because they have struck a chord somewhere within me I hope you find something within 'Reflecting the Light' that strikes a chord too Bobbie strongly supports Parkinson's UK therefore all profits of this book will go towards research into Parkinson's and the ongoing search for a cure. A poignantly beautiful anthology of poems addressing life loss and the passage of time Sometimes sad other times very funny Ms Coelho's poetry has a welcoming cadence that draws us into her conversation and thoughts At the end of the volume as I wiped away a tear I felt I knew her And certainly knew myself better Highly recommend Bobbie Coelho is a writer of poems so profound that they cannot help but touch you in some way and leave a lasting impression Some will make you smile maybe laugh a little and some will make you think deeply on the subject Some will even make you shed a tear I am sure Whichever one speaks to you the loudest It is bound to stay with you for a very long timeFrom the front matterThis is Bobbie Coelho’s second anthology of poetry and follows on from her first Finding the Light which is also published by SilverWood BooksBobbie Coelho was born near Norwich and now lives in Hampshire with her husband Steve She has two stepsons and three grandchildren She has always enjoyed poetry but after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002 she was particularly compelled to write as a way of putting things into perspectiveBobbie strongly supports Parkinson’s UK therefore all profits of this book will go towards research into Parkinson’s and the ongoing search for a cureBobbie Coelho May 2014I ‘know’ Bobbie from social media and have ‘chatted’ with her many times Her fortitude in coping with her disease is admirable and through her poetry she gives the reader an insight into her life Some of the poems with grab your heart and some of them will make you smile for example Ode to a HalibutI have chosen to review the poems that have touched me the most that have made me sit up and think and have to some extent placed me in Bobbie’s shoes for a few momentsThe first poem Reflecting the Light is one such poem A short journey through a life until there is some ‘knowing’ that it is alright to be one’s self and not to bother what other people think of youReflecting the LightIn youth the way ahead is misty and obscureHard to navigate even as you matureOld age brings the joy of seeing clearer than beforeA footpath revealed far beyond the open doorI’ve left the dark travelled farSitting peacefully at lastReflected in the lightKnowing never to fearThe coldest darkest nightTo me this poem is an insight into how it feels to come to terms with one’s illness to make a positive out of a negative It’s admirable and exceedingly profoundBobbie is taking us through the ages of ‘man’ if you will – youth mature old age; pointing out that it is a personal journey that we travel Whether we be able bodied or have a disease such as Parkinson’s Let us for a moment look at the word ‘disease’ – let us break it down dis – ease Dis the dictionary tells us is indicating a reversal so in this case a reversal of good health a reversal of ease which the dictionary tells us is freedom from discomfort worry or anxiety So when we put the two together we have reversal of comfort an illness which in the case of Parkinson’s is an incurable disease at the moment Bobbie assures the reader that she is Sitting peacefully at last Reflected in the light Knowing never to fear The coldest darkest night These four lines sit in the heart of the reader feeling the understanding of what it is to come to terms with something that can only be lived with and incurableThe second poem that I would like to discuss is MeIt starts with a line that I’m sure many of us have discussed and wondered about or maybe have never voiced it The premise of having been reborn many timesIt’s been said we’re reborn many timesTo learn all our lessons through other mindsBobbie has a uniue way of making the reader confront their thoughts how they feel about something and how they would deal with it I would always choose to be me – Choosing to be herself even with her illness shows determination fortitude and a zest for life that will not be extinguishedThe next poem that I would like to talk about is; Into the LightA five stanza poem with a rhyme that carries the reader through to the finish before you realise it; so you go back and read it again only this time you read it slowly The difference is that you ‘get it’ – the message is there for all to see It’s a journey through a life Let me uote the first verseBorn on the last day of summer’s reignOnly two minutes of the day remainedStarting my life as the autumn cameBut very soon the seasons changedAnd the journey progresses through the other verses telling of just how a life was remembered and finishes withBorn at the end of a summer’s reignInto a world never returning againStrayed from my path but ended up rightBorn as day came from the nightOut of the dark and into the lightFor me that demonstrates an acceptance of a life of its ills its lows and its highs The use of summer’s reign has a feel of presiding over the renewing a life making things grow So the opening line Born on the last day of summer’s reign followed by Only two minutes of the day remained; would suggest to me that she felt that she was born just in time but in time for what I wonder?The third verse I feel is an epiphany of sorts;It seems to me that time doesn’t flyJust trickles slowly and I don’t know whyIn the morning’s mirror it’s youth I seeIn the evening an old face stares back at meIt is so tangible; the feeling of becoming less than one was to begin with I think we all feel like our younger selves until we are reminded of our status when we look in the mirror It tells of a passage of time of not being able to hold onto it When it’s gone it’s goneThe last two lines of the fourth verse are truly profound and for me they are the most powerful;Sweet memories are all that remainBut reminiscences that will always stayTo me this is a summing up of a life reminding the reader that it is deeds and memories that we live by and the future is something that we never uite reach; it is always just one step awayThere are many wonderful and powerful poems in Bobbie Coelho’s book but for me Into the Light is by far the most powerful I have read it many times now and each time it conveys something different but always it is poignant touching the heart of the reader the writer having just bared her soul and letting us all know just how she feelsThis is a book to cherish to read and reread many times over It’s an eclectic collection a poem for every mood I think Some are humorous and some are of sadness and illness and the overcoming of such Always though Bobbie Coelho fills her poems with honesty with an openness that will astound It’s as though she has opened her heart and filled the pages of this wonderful poetry book for all to contemplate and even enjoy

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  • Paperback
  • 84 pages
  • Reflecting the Light
  • Bobbie Coelho
  • 27 April 2015
  • 9781781322345