State Or Condition Of Being Young

Poetry - Inspirational
56 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2023
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Author Biography

James W. “Bill” O’Clock was born in Iowa and raised in South Dakota. Though his professional career spanned over 40 years in disciplines such as engineering, management and bioethics, Mr. O’Clock continued to enjoy many other activities including listening to music and writing poetry. The author’s interest in popular music and the lyrics of songwriters like Harry Chapin, Neil Young and many others influencd his poetry. Writers such as C.S. Lewis also inspired him to use his poems to convey symbolic values and ideas. Now retired, Bill O’Clock rewrote the poem SOCOBY he originally penned almost 50 years ago to convey to the reader that life is a series of choices that we all make, especially the ultimate choice.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Luwi Nyakansaila for Readers' Favorite

SOCOBY: State Or Condition Of Being Young by James W. O'Clock with illustrations by Peter Dane O’Clock tells a moral tale about choosing between good and evil. Socoby (So-kah-bee) is the name of the story's main character. The young Socoby travels on a path with dreams of a bright future. He meets Hope, Faith, Love, Wisdom, and Understanding. They all claim to be friends and promise to help him on his journey. As darkness approaches, Socoby and his new companions reach a fork in the path, and six figures appear. Their unnamed leader introduces his colleagues as Self, Passion, Hate, Jealousy, and Fear. Socoby is given the choice to pick which team and path he will take.

I loved reading SOCOBY because it has a unique concept and a profound message. Everyone has free will to choose what is right or what is wrong. The main character is an innocent young man who can not fully discern his companions' motives. He gradually grows on his journey and can finally switch sides or continue with his original companions. James W. O'Clock has beautifully summarized everyone's moral growth. Our parents teach us to be kind, hopeful, and loving when we are young, but experiences take us to a fork in life. And it is here that we decide who we will be and how we will treat others. I loved everything about this book, especially the poetic narration, the creative acronym (SOCOBY), and the eye-catching illustrations. The visuals are amazing. They look like anime art and correspond perfectly with the story. This is wonderful work.