Semper Fidelis


Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a book of an offering of poems rich in both texture and heartfelt sentiment that will leave lovers of poetry feeling as though they have been both nourished and cocooned in the safety of a soft blanket. Life has its ups and downs, its good points and its bad points. Life is happy; life is sad; and life is full of love and laughter. In Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 – the author uses lyrical, narrative and acrostic poetry forms, and explores the multitude of emotions and elements that make up life: “Life goes on,/ Enveloped in ample laughter and sorrow/ Surmounting obstacles and hindrances”.  1

Semper  Fidelis  [Always  Faithful] – The author talks about love: for a partner, for a child, for a friend. He talks about things that matter to him, that matter to life. Like music: “Music is my life,/ verbalizing the feelings/ feeling the feelings/ hard to conceal in the/ depths of my heart and soul.” This book of poems is like breathing in a breath of fresh air. After being scorned by love’s thorns, it is good to know that there is a lighter side of life and we must always look at our journey as lessons and accept the good with the bad, yet remain hopeful, knowing that life must go on. If you have ever fallen in love and experienced heartache, you will undoubtedly relate to the poems in this book. Love, truth and honesty are what you will experience with this work of art. If you have ever read Love Warrior, and Present over Perfect, you will definitely find that these poems convey those exact sentiments of living a life of purpose and seeing the beauty in love, despite the hardships in a relationship. I found this book of poetry an inspirational read indeed.  2

Poetry is defined as a literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. The author reveals that his work was inspired by inspirational love that set his heart and soul on fire which, in turn, brought to light absolute confidence in creating opulent and magnificent poetry with great character and integrity. This is clearly evident in each stanza and in each body of work lovingly presented to us, the readers, sharing in the intimate moments author puts before us like a bowl of steaming, chicken soup that will nourish both our bodies and our souls.  3

The poetry expresses a connection with God: “God gave me a loving caring heart/ He gave me a beautiful poetic art/ ….God gave me an inspiring love.” He writes about tangible, realistic elements in daily life, like his poem The Art of Selling,’ and he writes about the passionate beauty of the world around him: “In a nature’s beauty, here am I/ Day & night, shining alike star”.  And he writes about the intangible things – our dreams and aspirations.  4