Water for the Rose


Poetry - General
77 Pages
Reviewed on 01/07/2022
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Reviewed by Candace Valek for Readers' Favorite

Poetry can be tricky to write because it depicts one’s own experiences and voice. Author Wayne Luthi did an excellent job drawing me in and allowing me to relate to many of his pieces in Water for the Rose. I had so many favorite poems that brought me back to my encounters with my own family throughout my life. His poem, “For Peyton, before I leave,” brought tears to my eyes. I thought about my children and how fast they grew in all of their firsts in life. His use of words and describing situations gave me, as the reader, a vivid picture in my head to follow. Every poem I read, I thought would be my favorite until the next. In the poem “Walk with me again,” I felt the love between the two people. I adored the line, “We met at the edge of our unknowns, now floral memories.” I was able to relate personally to his poem “The activist and mystic.” His words here made me stop and look around for a moment, seeing some of the affairs plaguing the world today.

Wayne Luthi encapsulates emotions through words, which is a challenging task to accomplish in poetry. Each poem told a different story that took you on a journey of his life. I found many of the poems were relatable and think others will as well. He wrote that his poetry was for when the reader has a moment. I could see myself picking Water for the Rose up again and again, reading through some of my NEW favorite poems as life takes me through different seasons. Readers will also enjoy the easy way his writing flows from one word to another. I know I did and can’t wait to read more from this poet.