Have you ever felt at peace just by looking at a book cover? The cover is what immediately drew me to Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing Through Poetry by Diamante Lavendar. Before turning to the first poem, this reader knew that Lavendar’s words would soothe the soul and demand repetitive readings. “Sometimes, life is a dance. Other times, it’s a journey,” says poet Diamante Lavendar in her inspirational collection of verse formatted into twenty sections referred to as Enlightened Affirmations and designed according to theme. As Lavendar instructs us to claim a place in society, she reminds us that life has a purpose and that we need to hold that purpose firmly within our sights. Lavendar advises us that “Success is measured by the succession of the little steps you take.”
As the poet continues to offer words of encouragement, she also warns the reader of imminent dark clouds in life. “Love to the best of your ability. Give without hope of receiving. Be thankful for even the tiniest blessings. Know that good comes from even the worst circumstances. Realize only then you are in a position to truly live." Diamante Lavendar’s work is an inspiration in any of the 122 pages of heartfelt affirmations obviously based on actual life trials. This chap book of both rhyming and free verse lessons in life is a beautifully woven addition to any personal collection as is reflected in these words: “Hard lessons learned are the focal points on the map of life.” Lavendar urges the reader to push forward in finding peace.