The Heart's Journey Home

Poetry - General
46 Pages
Reviewed on 03/30/2016
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Author Biography

With a BA in Psychology, Natalie has had the privilege of working in the Counselling field for the past 15 years. Through her work and personal journey, she has witnessed the remarkable power of the human spirit. Natalie strongly believes that we are connected by similar and relatable experiences, and through her poetry she captures the brilliant beauty of life's journey.

In her own words she explains, "Through poetry I try to capture the essence of the fragility and the resiliency of our hearts - the brilliant beauty of life's journey. I believe we are connected by similar and relatable experiences. We all love/loved deeply and most likely have been on both sides of goodbye; we know the immobilizing force of grief; we experienced hardships that have brought tears, revelations, and self-discoveries of strength unknown. These trials could easily dishearten us, but instead we choose to be more loving, compassionate, and kind. That is worth celebrating!"

Natalie was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada, with her two brothers and twin sister. She now resides in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a Soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces, and their little dog Bella. She enjoys kayaking and the freedom and serenity of being one with water. She is an avid reader, passionate writer, and seeker of tranquility along life's mystifying journey.

In February 2015, Natalie published her first book of poetry - The Heart's Journey Home, a collection of 23 poems celebrating the brilliant beauty of life's journey.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Life: it’s very complex. It’s full of pain and sorrow, but it is also full of love and happiness. How does one express these deep emotions? How does one put down in words the passage of time, the meaning of life itself? It is a difficult task, but Canadian poet Natalie Ducey has just the words to accomplish this task. However, like life itself, the task of expressing life in verse is never-ending. It goes on for eternity, like life itself goes on.

The Heart’s Journey Home is Natalie’s first book of poetry. Having worked in counselling for many years, this poet knows and appreciates the deepest power and versatility of the human spirit. In twenty-three poems, Natalie explores many different kinds of love: romantic love, the forever love of a lifetime partnership, friendship (which is also a form of love), family love and love for life itself, in spite of the pain that all these loves can inflict when love is lost.

But love can also be an illusion, as the poet points out in “Love’s Illusion.” It is a dream that can also be filled with heartache and sorrow, but, as the poet declares, “My eyes hold no mystery/ No story untold/ But my words fall mute/ Merely protecting my soul.” The human soul, the human spirit prevails above all. Very profoundly worded. In “Fallen Angel,” the poet expresses more sorrow for love lost, as she also points out that “Your angel wings were torn/ But in time they will mend…” She concludes with very deep thoughts: “Nothing is ever lost/ Nor broken in vain/ It is the tapestry of life/ A picture that has been framed.”

Using metaphors and similes, rhyming verse and free verse, Natalie has opened her heart to the renderings of the human spirit, the human soul. Cleverly presented; words that need repeated study and reflection.