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Throughout The Lion Playing the Kazoo by Taylor Sapp, you will be invited to consider many different aspects of human behavior and how people's actions and views affect themselves and others in society. There are also interesting philosophical themes to examine and debate. If you have ever questioned the reason for your existence, how your behavior can sometimes unknowingly affect others, or how your thoughts and behaviors determine your actions, this is a collection that will evoke much self-reflection. The poems aim to make you think and see everyday interactions differently in the hope that mankind can become more understanding, loving, and generous toward one another. There are deep and meaningful poems, as well as comical observations. As society seems to be increasingly wrapped up in their own lives, it is sometimes important to view the world through a more considerate and non-judgmental lens.
The Lion Playing the Kazoo by Taylor Sapp is such a compelling and intriguing collection of poetry. I was gripped by the underlying but powerful messages throughout. The compilation covers such great observations of human behavior, thoughts, and emotions; from the conflict within society, apathy or ignorance towards others' pain and suffering, loneliness, revenge to the acceptance of a miserable existence. In The Downtrodden there is a very dark message that we are all wrapped up in our own lives and sometimes hurt those who are battling their own problems. In The Lonely Little Green Teacup, we witness the sadness of solitude: 'Her hopes began to fade, Dulled like a used blade, And she became more and more brittle looking for love.' There are also very humorous poems that will make you laugh out loud. My absolute favorite poems were A Day Of Being Dead, Sky and A Man Without Eyes especially the poignant line, 'I had pitied the man without eyes, Yet the one who couldn’t see was me.' The collection will spark important debates, make you ponder on the meaning of life, step out of your comfort zone to reach for your dreams, and become more accepting and less judgmental of others.