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Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite
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.