By Christina Watkins
Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra
Poems – Poemas
The piece “To My Mother” uses garden imagery to convey the depth of experience and love a mother and daughter share. “Western Dancing” is a sassy little poem about what it is like for a woman to dance backward always as is the style in some parts of Southwestern United States. “Love-Speak” warns of what can happen if words are spoken carelessly. “Small Brown-Eyed Boy” tenderly describes a beloved little boy who grows up to face circumstances similar to those Jesus faced at the end of his life.
The poems are romantic in the way they use landscape, particularly the landscape of Southwestern United States and Mexico, although there are Eastern images here too. The poems exhibit both lightness and depth. There is the feeling of loneliness growing into solitude and of the rhythm of dancing moving into wisdom and love. Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra inspires and comforts as it prompts the reader to reflect on life lived. Line drawings by Lucy Billingsley fit the meaning and feeling of the writing delightfully.
ISBN 13 (eBook): 9781796030808
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Sky and Earth Cielo Y Tierra is a book of poetry about the balance of natural forces and the relationships of people living in the space between. There is a balance between the two poems facing each other. She marries the right words in both languages. The poet’s natural sense of rhythm, perhaps explaining her aptitude for dance, shines through in her writing as lyrical poetry. The poems have a compelling beat and expressive melody.