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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
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!