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Reviewed by Rita Vetsch for Readers' Favorite
Take This Journey With Me; Poems from the Laboratory of John Turner is an uplifting collection of inspirational poems all bound together into one astounding book. The book begins with a bottle floating in from the sea where the reader gets a lovely message from that bottle; “Take This Journey With Me.” The title is very appropriate as each poem is really a journey into the human soul and beyond. Turner creates a unique spin on his poem called “The Narrow Road,” which is comparable to Robert Frost’s poem called “The Road Not Taken,” however, Turner weaves in a new perspective on where the narrower path leads. He is able to elaborate on an existing and popular poem, but make it his own with his delicate and intriguing words. The poem called “Upon My Garden” truly brings a scenic garden to life entwining nurture and nature throughout it. There are numerous poems to name, but the ones that I adored most were related to the delicate transformation of a beautiful butterfly, poems about our conflictions and flaws, about being a human being, holding another person’s hand, and how the wind can bring us so much joy and laughter.
I knew immediately from viewing the cover and title of this book that it was going to be a special collection of short poems that I wouldn’t want to put down. The cover is gorgeously illustrated with a sunset rising over the most astonishing scenery. And the title truly says it all because it really is a journey and an exploration of feelings, emotions and images that reminds me of a series of Thomas Kinkade paintings. Each chapter is short and flows to the next chapter easily with simple wording that anyone can comprehend. The poems each have their own unique rhyme and rhythm to them that flow like a sweet lullaby. The short poems truly touched my soul and through John Turner’s wording, I was captivated and eager to keep reading to the next chapter. I am blown away that such a great writer can touch someone’s soul and bring so much passion to a person’s life through writing words onto a page. Turner’s poems are each a masterpiece to be treasured and savored! He states in one of his writings that “One of these days, I am going to make a difference”, well John Turner, you truly have made a difference with this wonderful and rare glimpse into such unique and exquisitely written poetry! Turner touches the human soul, give us hope and inspiration, and just turns a gloomy day into a bright day for us readers. I thoroughly enjoyed each poem and I am going to purchase this special collection of poems for my mother, who has a birthday coming up soon. Well done Mr. Turner!