Veni, Vedi, Vici


“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.” Mary Oliver. This is the Preface that sets the stage for the over seventy poems in Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1. In this book, you are taken into the world of imagination of what love could be, according to the author. We all have our own view of what love is. If you asked a million, a thousand, or even a hundred people what love is, you will receive numerous variations as an answer. You see, love begins in the heart, which translates to the mind. In Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1, you are taken on a journey of deep elements of love which are a part of the poet’s imagination.  1

Veni,  Vidi,  Vici  [I  came,  I  saw,  I  conquered] – In Through The Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1, the author tells a story of hearts in motion and it seems that he has found his soul mate, but alas, he is alone. Was this affair just his imagination? I think not, for only a man who has known love and loss can write with such sensitivity and insight, so poetically.  2

Through the Darkness, With Love – Vol. 1 is a collection of poems that are deep, searching, human, and at times poignantly humorous. This is a new and powerful poetic voice that talks about universal themes like love, faith, human encounters, and a lot more. The collection features well-written, rhythmic and well-rhymed poems. The writing is very evocative and whether the author talks about love, God, politics, or whether he talks about the “pain of being human,” there is a beauty that comes across in the simplicity of style, the symbolism that comes through the beautiful diction, and the philosophical tone that pierces the darkness. There is depth in most of the poems, and the author allows his humanity to come through each poem very clearly. Some of my favorite ones are ‘A Solitary Lover,’ ‘The State I Am In,’ ‘An Abysmal Love,’ and ‘Could this Be True Stranger’.  3

But these are not the only subjects that the author turns his acerbic eye to: success, wealth, politics, and the market place also produce some powerful verses, with his poems ‘The Art Of Hypocrisy’ along with ‘A Communism A Democracy’ being prime examples.  4