Creating a map of your life or a blueprint is often the work of an author sharing his/her memoirs with readers. Sometimes we learn about a person’s life when they write an autobiography or about another person’s journey in a biography. The Inspirer is a collection of inspirational poems that the author shares with readers taking us on a different kind of journey. Sharing his innermost thoughts, recollections of his family’s sacrifices and hardships coming here from Russia and allowing readers to here his rants, raves, his feelings about getting older and even about many issues that we read about in the news, this collection is unique and special. Each poem delivers its own message and story related to the author’s life. Take the journey along with this reviewer as I spotlight several of the poems from the Inspirer with its inspirational thoughts.
The first part is comprised of short poems with powerful thoughts. Each one approximately eight lines telling its own vision about an event, a specific person or even something as intangible as time and distance. Short Thoughts has several different poems but the one that stands out is Friend. The ending says it all, as most people really do not know the true meaning of the word Friend. I love When Tragedy Occurs and how your live changes, you feel so alone and without purpose. The final sentence is so touching: The only thing that comes to mind is hug the one that’s small.
Part two is titled Journey and the author uses his sense of humor, states his viewpoint on many issues, and reflects on his feelings while sitting in an Economics class observing the professor and his tendencies. The one that I want to spotlight is titled: 23 What Does My Future Hold For Me: as the author reflects on his life, turning 23 and knowing that he has one year left in school, citing his options, discussing his feelings about his boss and relating to employees. From dealing with snobs, to those who really want to work, his commentaries about those who really just want to take up space and then where he winds up at the end. This poem has many different messages about a young man just finding his way but has a long way to go. Three years later at 26 he writes Another Year Goes By and discusses his marriage, the fact that his parents are still alive and having a great brother, in-laws who are supportive and with “ God his wisdom and guide,” where his success was derived. Another age poem on page 23 but this time 33 is the focus and then Part Three: Celebrations. This section focuses on topics beginning with 14 Years Ago Today when his parents decided to come to America, the excitement of a new future, a brand new life and the fact that his father gave up his career as an engineer to come here as their lives and jobs were both changing and coming to a new town was both scary and exciting. Getting married and growing stronger each day is followed by the birth of his son Alex in Good Evening All. I love the poem: I May Not Look Like You. This is my favorite in this section as he talks about his differences in appearance, the fact that he might not perform certain tasks the way others do but in the end he is proud of who he is. The poem is dedicated to his father who is celebrating a birthday and it’s almost like a letter to him telling him why he is so proud to have him for a Dad. This is great since he is telling him this before it is too late. Many times we forget to tell parents how much we care about them and the respect we have for them. This poem is really special. Everyone has a favorite aunt and My Dear Aunt Fay is all about this wonderful woman who has inspired him in so many ways. Part 4 Song Lyrics will make you want to get up and sing or even dance. This chapter focuses on songs and many different themes. Broadway is the first one that I read and you can hear the words as if someone is actually singing them about mountains to climb, but we are still young striving for success and what you need to do to get there. Scared, music by Paul Goldman focuses on riding a school bus, afraid to walk into the building, friends that belittle him, and finally when time stands still he realizes that he is no longer afraid. A girl he likes in third grade is moving and then the ending will bring a smile to your face when he finally tells her how he feels. “Life is a Dance,” is the story of one young man whose romance ended before it really began and his feelings, taking a chance and why Life is a dance with so many different steps, moves and the music always changes. “ I just wanted to ask you to dance,” follows and then “I appreciate all that you do.” Imagine writing a poem to your wife telling her how you feel about her, understanding your arguments and then actually says he appreciates her. The next section is Infatuation: “ How do Girls Say No,” is quite cute. When someone wants to gently say no. Read it: the poem says it all as someone tries hard not to be mean. “Love of My Life is next and he professes his feelings for his someone and his feelings about why she does not care and why he is sad. “Windy” is interesting as he describes a relationship and how it disappears just like the force of the wind blows and is gone so is he. “Our Schedules Differ,” reflects on how many of us need to find time to be with the other and that although we work we may not always have time for the other person even though we would rather be with them. “The Walls We Build,” is the final poem in this section that I will highlight as it is quite powerful as people are hurt, someone special in his life who build a wall around them protecting their feelings and themselves. No lock, no fence no tangible barriers so why not let your feelings go and let him in. But, he asks some really strong questions that many of us do: “Why do we like to play these games? Why we pretend to be the ones we’re not?” Read the last three lines they really are quite powerful. The last two sections are True Love and Reflections. Page 104 the poem deals with words and how we use them to express our feelings followed by Too Many Search For Love: many search for it but few ever find it. “But Love-is not enough without you behind it.” Define the meaning for yourself. “A Rose,” is special since my mom loved roses and the flower had a special meaning. He describes the color, the petals, the life of the rose and compares it toe someone struggling with their feelings, finding a special path in life, the anger and the screams and the finality of know that the rose can show you who you really are within its own reflection. Finally, Believe is really unique in that he relates that believing will help you to receive. Believe and your mind will be free and even sharper and he explains what happens when you are fearful, doubt and do not believe. The final poem: Each Day Brings Something Else to Learn really rounds out the collection. Everyday we meet new people, find new things to fill our minds and then hopefully begin to understand our likes and dislikes. Rain storms come and you forget your keys and yet you do not wither, falter and deal with the storm and then begin looking at world in a better light.
Focusing on life, his own perspective on many real life situations the author shares his feelings, experiences and viewpoints on many different topics. From self-reflection, to rhymes, music, love, emotion and reflections, each reader will find at least one that will inspire them. Changing his name in Russia is Kostik to learning the meaning of it in English. The author brings many different worlds together in this inspirational book of poems. Take the journey as the author creates his own blueprint of his life for readers.
Fran Lewis: reviewer : Let’s give this book: FIVE GOLDEN INSPIRATIONS