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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
A Shot in the Dark; A Spark in the Night by Daryl Miller is a touching poetry collection about having faith in the future. These poems delve into the blessings that many individuals take for granted. Through simple, yet touching rhymes, the poems explore the hidden treasures that take the form of our loved ones, our hopes, our dreams. From perseverance to thankfulness to desire, Miller explores the very aspects that make us human, and shows us that though it’s easy to dwell in the past, you still have to move on, no matter how painful it may be.
I particularly enjoyed the rhymes; to be honest, I haven’t seen this kind of scheme in ages. It did bring back old childhood memories of when I tried writing for the first time; the first page was so bad that I almost cried. Nevertheless, over time, as I worked harder at it, and as I read more, I got better at it. Now, whenever I go back to these pages, I can’t help but find myself missing those times. This collection works the same way. It illustrates a constant theme in the book, and that is to look toward the future and not get caught up in the past. However reluctant you may be, take comfort in the present, and see the tiniest of joys in life. Poems such as Blooming and Haiku Tycoon beautifully paint this idea, one that I believe also represents the entire theme of this collection. The collection was enjoyable. Although repetitive at times, Miller does bring back the bittersweet feelings of our youth, as well as our own longing for a better future. As such, I would recommend it to all audiences.