4 out of 4 stars
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David Edmond was prompted to write his poetry book after his wife passed away due to Parkinson’s disease. His years serving across Canada exposed him to a multitude of diverse people, all acting as inspiration for his poetry.
The World Diverse is divided into three parts: 'Faith', 'Friendships', and 'Feelings'. It consists of 20 poems. As the name states, 'Faith' delves into the author’s love for God, his fear for people who are going astray and his belief that all sorrows have a reason for being. 'Friendships' was beautiful to me because of his positive and hopeful tone. 'Feelings' was a bit more somber but no less beautiful.
I picked up this book expecting a sad read because of the death of David Edmond’s wife. Instead, David Edmond imbues his poems with motivation, love, and hope. It was touching and so lovely to read. I especially loved his poem "Who’d a thunk it?" which is about his second chance at love with a long-lost friend.
David Edmond’s love for God is apparent, but he writes with love and tolerance, so I honestly believe any religious person would enjoy this read. It’s clear that the author loves the world and its people and he even states, "There exists a place for all to go.” A sentiment I appreciated.
This book is professionally edited, and I am ecstatic to report that I found no errors in The World Diverse. The book is short (only 40 pages) and the writing is fluid, clear and colourful. This book is also very easy to understand. If you usually struggle to read or understand poetry – don’t worry. This one might be the one for you. The poems flew by and I found myself rereading a couple of passages because of how good they were. Lines I really loved were:
andThe sharing of love and concern for our fellow man
is the best prescription for the ills of mankind
I rate The World Diverse 4 out of 4 stars. David Edmond’s hopeful and loving outlook is sorely needed in such a negative time. His writing is filled with love and optimism and I would recommend this book to everyone. You don’t need to be a lover of poetry to enjoy The World Diverse by David Edmond.And what does it mean?
That humans and nature
are one and the same.
We grow and we flourish
with love and with care.
Without it comes neglect
Without it we wither.
It gives us pause for thought
that we all have the power
to help each other grow.
- to be of value in a world gone astray.
A World Diverse
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