When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide

Poetry - Love/Romance
76 Pages
Reviewed on 05/28/2018
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Author Biography


My name is Isabel and I love to write poetry and short stories.

The inspiration behind this poetry book
is how much unrequited love can effect
a person. It also shows how to regain
your own self worth, as well as strength
and realise that maybe this person just isn't for you.

This book is a journey of love, heartbreak and healing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite

When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide by Isabel Scheck is a sensitive, personal and private account of unrequited love. It describes, compares and contrasts two individuals: a woman who is described like a daisy, with its beauty and fragility; and a man who is described like a thunderstorm, strong, loud, and powerful. I also appreciate the carefully chosen summary at the end of each page; Scheck uses these in case the man misses the point of her poem. The woman is incredibly in love with this man, and she goes through a roller coaster ride of varied experiences throughout the “relationship”. The love she feels for him is, unfortunately, not a two-way street.

This book is simply marvelous, I can’t think of a better word. It is honest yet sweet and gentle in its communication. A book of this kind might be full of bitter and harsh words, but the self-control portrayed from the author demonstrates a maturity and a beauty within that is able to handle the situation and weather the storm. Yes, there is hurt, at times there is hope that the relationship might turn, but ultimately her feelings are for naught. And this is real life, as painful as it is. When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide by Isabel Scheck is a book where I see the true value in helping others who have been, or are going through, a similar situation. Relationships blossom and break apart all the time in our world, and this powerful tool can help readers see themselves through the eyes of another, and use it to move on. Highly recommended.

Sarah Stuart

When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide by Isabel Scheck is far freer than ordinary freestyle verse. None of the poems is formally titled; each has words in bold capitals that sum up the content at the end. The poems follow one after another almost as if they are tumbling over the pages in the wind. All of them are narrated by a daisy, a flower that will be recognised worldwide; it grows on every continent but Antarctica and belongs to a family believed to date back fifty million years. This makes it a marvellous choice to represent a young woman, both delicate and strong, who has fallen in love so deeply. “Only when it’s raining do I dance freely in the stormy winds.”

Isabel Scheck’s daisy begins by comparing her lover to a thunderstorm that begins gently and then “all of a sudden rain comes pelting down like my love for you”. She isn’t grand like a rose, or noticeable, or sure he does love her, but he is her lightning bolt, her sunshine, and then she begins to question why he sends thunderstorms. After the questions come the doubts and the pleas to be noticed, and then the heartrending “Your Adoration Is All I Need To Be Sane” – or is it a bold demand for his attention? The daisy does say he “came into my world like a tornado”, but she withdraws, and the daisy has a temper! When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide is dedicated to all those who understand unrequited love, and it is utterly enchanting.

Jamie Michele

When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide by Isabel Scheck is a book of poetic fiction that tells the story of a daisy being swept up into a thunderstorm. Told in a chronological compilation of free-form versed poetry, the plot offers an analogy of a fragile young woman who loves a man. The young woman is a fragile flower, a daisy, and the man is a ferocious thunderstorm. With emotion, perseverance, and the strength (and initially, the lack thereof) of both identities brought forward as focal points in the narrative, love takes center stage as the daisy is able to find herself while under the turbulent and often violent crush of the storm.

When Daisies and Thunderstorms Collide is a fresh approach to storytelling that Isabel Scheck has applied to a recurrent theme. I loved the verses that are presented on each page. While they are simple and straightforward, the power of her words resonates into the culmination of a beautifully told story. “Most beings avoid being the centre of chaos; But I’m drawn to your blizzards like the clouds that help you create turmoil. --STILL STUCK ON YOU.”

At the heart of the story is a frail flora speaking both to and about her love of the thunderstorm, in which the gentle raindrops and sleet that the storm unleashes can sometimes feel eerily codependent. It is when the daisy begins to shed her weakness and stand resolute in the storm that I saw her in full bloom, despite a series of crushing defeats. This book was shared with my 15-year-old daughter who disappeared into her room with it and has yet to return. It's brilliant.

Lisa McCombs

When Daisies And Thunderstorms Collide by Isabel Scheck is a moving story of unrequited love set to verse. While the narrator sees herself as the fragile, cautious daisy, her love interest is a harsh, cold and often distant storm that threatens the very existence of the flower who silently worships the winds of the dangerous weather. Through a series of short captions, Scheck tells a story to which many readers will relate. As the daisy admires the storm from afar, she experiences a variety of emotions, both internal and external. She gains the strength to tear herself from the detached emotions of the storm.

The collection title is poetic in its own right, making this extremely eye-catching. It is the perfect balance of delicate and harsh, free and imprisoned, innocent and raw. I like that the poems do not appear to be traditionally titled, ending rather with the poet’s purpose. As with any good story, this collection contains a beginning, a middle, and an end with these lines placed within the text of the volume: “Most beings avoid being the centre of chaos; but I’m drawn to your blizzards”; “I need to drop my expectations; Because as all flowers know: He loves me not.”; “The daisy is dead. Now I’m the thunderstorm”. When Daisies And Thunderstorms Collide is an enjoyable read in its variety of succinct emotions. I really enjoyed the twisted greeting card attitude established by Isabel Scheck in this extremely emotional example of her talent. Kudos!