The snippets of our lives, from childhood to old age, are a chaotic mess of puzzle pieces. Embrace the Beauty is a poignant collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories about putting the pieces together, stepping back, and finding the beauty through the pain and mystery of life.
The poetry in this collection revolves around one woman’s changing perspective and resolve to find beauty through the seasons of life, to weather the storms, to recognize the silver lining around the clouds, and to come through it all with grace and strength.
The second half of the book includes short story selections, such as “Balloons for Bee,” a haunting story about a woman confused about her sister’s birthday, “The Motherhood Club,” about a woman who can’t understand why women become so maternal and seem to lose themselves in motherhood, and “Job Hazards,” in which a short-order cook thinks he has the safest job in the world but finds out differently.
Embrace the Beauty
Embrace the beauty of life’s pieces,
Pieces thrown onto a table, a mixed up puzzle,
A puzzle that puzzles the mind and the heart.
With heart, embrace each day,
A day, only 24 hours, at a time,
Time will flow into tomorrow.
Tomorrow comes too soon,
And soon, you’ll find that things fit into an order.
In order to see, step back, look at the whole picture.
The picture of your life is beautiful.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-45
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book is dear to me because it features poems and stories that I wrote as a college student and more recent work that I've written since becoming a wife and mother. These poems and stories are a glimpse of thoughts, emotions, dreams, and questions that span two decades of one woman's life. There are truths and fictions here. You'll have to decide what's made up and what's not.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
While some of the poetry in this book is nonfiction, the stories and even some of the poetry is fiction. I find inspiration all around me, from beautiful artwork and edgy photos that spark an idea to witnessing a friend or family member going through a difficult situation that transforms his or her perspective of what life is supposed to be like.
The following is a very short flash fiction piece I wrote, inspired by the tiny dancers in my daughter's dance class.
There are 52 bones in the feet. Most are very small, but they all work together to sustain tremendous force placed on them daily.
Dancing hurts. It takes hours of work each day perfecting moves, jumping and landing, pounding the stage with the weight of the company on my feet. I wrap my ankles to protect the tendons as they stretch, propelling me to fly across the stage in grand jete or pas de chat. To fly, though. There is no better feeling.
Shots didn’t work to curb the pain this time. Pain pills barely take off the edge. I flex my feet and wait to see what the doctors will say. In walks a doctor with x-rays that peek into my ankles and bore into my soul. Will I ever experience the rush of stage flight again?
He sighs, and I know the answer. Dreams of being a prima ballerina fly out the hospital window, and a tear drops onto my interlaced fingers, the knuckles white with more force put on tiny bones.
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