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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Fate is a hidden power, something destined to be regardless of what path we follow. It is our destiny that controls our path into the future. “We,/ Innocently free,/ Sit rocking/ In the lap/ Of Destiny.” Simple words which both soothe and demand further contemplation. On what? On life, of course, on our path, our journey through life. The simple words are intended to inspire as well as to calm and give us a sense of direction in our own personal growth.
Destiny is the underlying theme of all the poems in Gary W. Burns’ latest book of poetry, Dawn and Beyond: Embark. This collection he aptly defines as “Poetry – Come Destiny.” Each poem not only explores one’s intended but often obscure path. It weaves the word within the text of the poem itself, making the message clear that destiny is our intended path. The poems are written in contemporary verse with most having a rhyme and rhythm scheme, full of expressive language, descriptive metaphors, and thought-provoking intent. The title of each poem defines the perspective being studied, but some poems actually begin with the title. In these poems, the title not only identifies or labels the poem but also initiates and becomes an integral part of the poem itself, as in this example. The title is “Ponder” which also serves as the opening line: “Ponder/ The premise of Life/ The spectrum of Things/ The Destiny/ We weigh/ Day to day.” The poems lean heavily on Nature and how it evokes the free spirit within us all. Powerful, calming, inspirational poetry to be read multiple times over.