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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
In 1955 Andrew Petro faced death; he would never be the same. He ate a light lunch, jumped in to the cold water with a belly flop. As he was swimming he began to cramp in his stomach and groin. He was drowning and gave into the voice that asked him to stop resisting death and promised he would return to life. He describes the experience in vivid detail. His senses were heightened. There was a bright light, much brighter than the sun. He was no longer in pain. The voice was one that brought comfort and reassuring strength. The light knew everything thing about him but offered no censure. Andy realized he was part of the light for it was encompassing. He never wanted to leave the light.
After his amazing near death experience, Andy had a desire to write. It actually went beyond desire; he was driven to write poetry. It was as though the poems were channeled through him. The poetry would come to him at night. He’d wake up, begin to write, and within an hour the poem would be complete. The poetry seemed to serve a purpose . . . to help him remember the details of his NDE (Near Death Experience).
I find his poetry remarkably descriptive. The following are good examples from the book: “The ugly, frigid water is void of any light. I continue to sink and struggle.” “'Don’t be afraid,' the Light says through my ears, 'I love you, we love you, and there’s nothing to fear.'” As I stated at the beginning of this review, Andy’s life changed that day. He now lives offering unconditional love and unconditional acceptance. In his heart he knows we are all part of that special light. This is just a tiny sampling of Andy’s prose. I enjoyed reading it. I find much poetry open to interpretation but Andy’s poetry is very straight forward. I instantly understood what he was saying. Yet the words are beautiful. I know that Andy is a vastly talented poet.