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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
Colors of the Heart by Vicky-Lyn Ashby is a beautiful collection of poetry peppered with lovely black and white photography. Each of the eloquently written poems is inspired by the emotions a person feels in the different relationships they encounter in their lives. The times when your heart skipped a beat when you started a new relationship, the heartbreaking feeling of love ending or not returned. There are also poems about the undying love of a mother and the strength gained from a strong friendship, people who inspire you to be the best person you can be. Take your heart on an emotive ride of sentiment and self-awareness and immerse yourself in the joys and sorrows of human relationships. There is a poem for every experience of love and friendship to be enjoyed.
Colors of the Heart by Vicky-Lyn Ashby is certainly a collection of poetry you will want to read if you appreciate human nature and the rollercoaster of emotions we have during different times of our lives. The complete contrast between heart-stopping love for someone and the anguish and helplessness when a relationship ends and you are left questioning the reasons why. I loved the flow of the poems, which differ in length, but each has its own strong message that will provoke contemplation. There are so many poems that made me smile and question my behavior and self-awareness during different times in my life. I think we can all relate to the feelings of inadequacy and mistrust in people.
The author of this collection certainly has a fantastic grasp of the English language because she reaches deep within the reader's heart with her poetry. I had many favorite poems but, if I had to choose one, it would have to be Before My Eyes: 'A treasured friend you’ve been to me. You picked me up and set me free. You give me direction when I need to know. When you take my hand, there’s no place I can’t go.' I also loved the line in Light The World, when it reminds us all to take time to make someone happy and feel inspired: 'Be a candle in the darkness.'