This is the truth of you.
Because you are all I see.
Because you are all I breathe.
Because when I cannot find you, I am lost.
Because when I’m with you, I am found.
Because you have the fire of the universe in you, and sometimes you forget.
So this book is here to remind you.
I want you to know that I see you.
I want you to know that even if no one else does, even if you are a ghost in this bookshop, or just the static floating across the screen of your computer, wherever you’re reading this, I see you.
I see you in the dark and I see you in the grey. I see you as a story, as words I have spoken or may yet speak. Maybe only in a memory or a dream.
I see your hands and your arms and your body and your legs and your face and I see what you have been and what you will be. I see you and in looking at you, I want you to know that whoever you’ve had to be to survive all this, I will not look away.
I want you to know that there’s a space inside this book for you.
So if you have the time and the inclination, you can sit here with me, just for a while.
And perhaps between us, we can see everything that matters.
The Truth of You is one of those rare poetry books I connect with on nearly every page. It is a book I wish didn’t end, I could keep rereading the poems without feeling bored and it strums my heart strings every time. I’ve tabbed many of my favourite pieces.
One of is “A Sunset in a Foreign Country”
I always thought
that we were meant to change together,
That somehow your seasons would line up,
that your spring and your summer,
would become mine,
that we would share an autumn,
that I would be with you until the end of winter.
But everything changed.
And it changed without me.
It is double sided with simple illustrations to company each poem. The poems paint such lovely pictures in my mind though it’s soft words. I love how there isn’t any vulgarity to emphasis a point, instead the poet composed pieces to hold your heart or drop it into the chasm.
Divided into 5 sections:
I. In which we fall in love
II. In which we are sad
III. In which one of us leaves
IV. In which we find each other, again
V. In which we hope
The Truth of You shows you the candid raw naked side of love, life, joy and sadness. It strips away everything else and leaves only what matters – the truth you owe to yourself to admit. Are you ready to find your truth in these pages? I hope you are.
You can find the book here. Thank you @times.reads for sending me this review copy. I shall treasure it always. 💜