Review By Don Sloan
In The Butterfly That Returned, author/ poet Serene Martin delivers verse that is at once introspective and lyrical.
In a series of thirty-three “heartfelt messages,” she examines self-truths, relationships and — above all — the need to believe in yourself.
In “Get On With It,” she affirms her belief that there are higher forces at work in us — and for us — every day:
“Call it faith. Call it the law of attraction. Call it the placebo effect. Call it God . . . Call it whatever you want and get on with it. Because life is so much better when you believe there are larger forces working for you and with you. . . You are the genius in the fool of every doe-eyed believer of the power of life.”
In “Feeling It,” the poet reveals that actions really do speak louder than words::
“Our dreams have wings / But it is our belief in them that gives them flight / Not words of faith / Our vibration of faith”
In “Good Enough,” a little girl offers up a prayer — and is surprised at the response:
“A single lonesome prayer she had once uttered in the depths of the night when she thought no one was listening had pierced the heavens / A prayer that she almost forgot she even said / And then she realised beyond any doubt / That we are all good enough for good things”
And finally, in “I Am You, ” the poet examines the miracle of just Being:
“I am the curve of your smile and the depth of your remorse / I am your friend and the friend of your enemy / I am what I am and I am you”
Each poem or long verse is uplifting and encouraging, and I also found this short collection to be wonderfully soothing.
Five stars to The Butterfly That Returned. It is a refreshing read.