Garden Walks

Hand in Hand - Poems to Relax By

Poetry - Love/Romance
104 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2018
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Author Biography

Inspired by nature and the beauty around him Gary W. Burns started writing poetry at a young age. Early on Gary was able to express his thoughts, ideas and emotions through the vivid imagery of his verse. His poetry has been published in various literary arts journals, anthologies and magazines. He is the author of 10 books of poetry. Through his poems Gary shares his reflections on the many facets of life and on the beauty of nature. The expressiveness of his poetry has been enriched by his wide reading in philosophy and psychology. He has traveled throughout the world and has lived in numerous countries, to include, Italy, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. He has also lived in Hawaii and several other states. Currently, Gary makes his home in Northern Virginia near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite

Garden Walks: Hand in Hand - Poems to Relax By is a book of poems by Gary William Burns about gardens, love, and a little pain. Gary William Burns uses a relaxing rhythm and cadence to calm you. Even the photos have a calming effect. He shows you the beauty and wonder of nature and love. Even the pain is shown as beautiful. He describes the scenery in great detail. It almost sounds like music. It’s a lovely book of poems and should be read in the garden for even more effect. It’s a short book with many short poems that can be read in one evening.

I thought Garden Walks: Hand in Hand - Poems to Relax By was a lovely read. Gary William Burns does a wonderful job with the rhythm and cadence. I like that it has short poems and the book could be read in one evening. I think it’s a great way to relax, especially with a nice cup of tea. Gary William Burns does a wonderful job with imagery and setting as well. I can literally see the gardens and flowers he describes. I was impressed at how I could feel the love. If I had to choose a favorite, I think it would be Garden Nova, but honestly, it is hard to decide. I loved how peaceful I felt afterwards. I wished I had a garden after that. I think that the next time I need to relax, I will resort to this book.

Robin Goodfellow

Garden Walks: Hand in Hand - Poems to Relax By, penned by Gary W. Burns, is a book of poetry about the iridescence of new beginnings, despite knowing that it has to end. The book is separated into five parts. Colorful Blooms describes the start of youth, of freedom, a time when reckless emotions were the pinnacle of our childhood. This Backyard Garden illustrates the delights of staying in a backyard, where friendships and other kinds of companionship are born. Garden Paths is about how people from every walk of life can sometimes come together, only to move on with their lives. Seasons Cascading shows us that when time passes, even with all the elegance that we may have, people still see us for our true selves. In Perennial Days, we come to the end of our lives, and it shows us that faith and devotion are most important in life.

Never once did I think that spring could embody so much. From the different flowers that represent the stages in our lives, to the elegance of the season itself, it’s something that I can’t help but fall in love with. There are different emotions that I first experienced when I read each of these poems, from knowing that this would all come to an end, and yet still choosing to live in the moment. It takes a certain kind of resolve to do that, one that a lot of us take for granted. Burns forced me to look at things from another perspective, all the while introducing new ideas and interweaving them into age-old concepts.