Saturday, January 10, 2015

You Are Complete

This poem is by Michelle K, "You Are Not Locked." Another poet I found online. I read through quite a lot of her poetry before, but right now I picked this one. I feel that the message it has it extremely important and it shouldn't just be brushed aside.

Concepts. Those are quite the stuff. But the ones about finding your other half, and not being complete? I call bs. You don't need someone else to prove your value, your worth. You don't need someone else to give your life meaning. You do that all on your own. For yourself, with yourself, by yourself. 

Which brings me to also point out, that this doesn't mean to be alone and miserable, it just means know your worth. Basically that you were born complete, when you're with your significant other, it'll be two wholes together. So many concepts exist about finding the one, soul mates, your other half, etc etc etc.

Michelle expresses that you are your own person, and that she won't get sucked into believing she's nothing until she has a partner. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Do you Believe in Reincarnation?

Lang Leav is one of my favorite poets. I tend to find poets online instead of actual books and I then proceed to actually buying their books. Poetry is amazing in the way how so many people can relate to just a couple of words.

As soon as I finished reading this poem, I knew that it was about about past lives and new lives to come, all ending and starting with your loved one. Obviously, I'm a huge romantic. I enjoy reading about love and all it comes with.

I think that Lang does a great job in expressing her feelings. First she compares the love to stardust and using space and sand, which are all used as obstacles between her and her loved one. Yet, none of these obstacles are big enough to actually keep them apart and destroy their connection.

The last stanza basically empowers love in all it's aspects. Love is the ultimate power. You'll loose everything, but not love. It's your only companion.

The Color of a Lifetime

The Color Purple by Alice Walker was exhausting to read. Which doesn't mean that I don't like it. I do like it, but reading what these women had to go through, oh no. I've watched movies that just drained me and this was about the same.

Anyone reading this could have a lot of things to say about the novel, but I want to focus on the unbreakable bond of sisters. Celie and Nettie, they prove that not even distance can destroy their connection. The circumstances they lived through were terrible, but they made it out. These girl were survivors. I hope girls/women read this and realize that it's okay to fight back.

Celie dealt with physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse. Of course, she wasn't the only one to deal with this, but it was her story. I feel like as a reader I learned so much in the 40 year time line of her life. She was willing to do anything for her sister, even put herself at risk, and that says a lot about her character.

Celie had to sacrifice a lot of her life, which led to her lacking an education and quite frankly it's rather obvious in her writing skills. Which takes me to a point in which I learned something. Something that I should have realized sooner, before reading this book. Even though, I do know that everyone has a story, I now also know that everyones story, regardless of age, gender, color, social status, has all the power in the world to be completely interesting and important.

Also, I was happy with the ending. Celie and Nettie were reunited and Celie got to meet her children. It wasn't an easy life, but Celie made it. She did.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Forever may actually be a thing??

This poem goes by the name of " A Mouthful of Forevers, " by the one and only Clementine von Radics. Her writing knows just how to hit the spot and makes it hurt just enough.

Clementine seems to have a sense of realism in her idea of love. Which is something everyone should aspire to have. Maybe, "I am not the first person you loved," says just enough to make any reader want to continue down this path. 

"I think that has to be part of the miracle." Once love wasn't being hunted, it appeared. Love makes everyone think of forever, even if it isn't that long. Love is pain. Love is a mess. Love is everything. But it's never easy.

Yet, she lets the reader know that it is possible to heal. That even though love is messy and painful, it can still be beautiful and everything you've imagined. Affection, honesty, understanding. That's what this means to me. It's like that moment when you finally get to take that deep breathe or when you fall asleep easily. Finally finding that loved one. 

This poem was written with one goal. One sole purpose. I'm not Clementine von Radics, but I firmly believe that she wrote this to let us all know that to love, to be in love, is about accepting the good and bad days. To actually want to make it work. She shows how it's not just about those cute days, but about the days when you need someone and your loved one is there. It's about getting angry at someone and still loving them. It's not even about loving them, it's about actually liking them. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

you you you

Ian Thomas is the author behind this poem. Ian Thomas is a great example of poetry and how it can mean something to many different people in many different ways. His work shows how a poem doesn't need to rhyme to be a poem. A poem is meaning. Words strung together that evoke so much.

Thomas just says so much in so little. Most of his poems are to a significant other, which most believe is the same person over and over again. The poem comes from the book, "I wrote this for you."

This poem is one of my favorites. Thomas talks about kissing and kissing can be utterly innocent. Something so innocent can occur anywhere at any given time. Think about it. Innocence has the power to end the world.

Kissing that one person you love so much has the power to end the world. It'll either explode with fireworks or explode you in general. A kiss can be fatal, because once it's done, it can't be taken back.

Hello American Feminism

The Awakening by Kate Chopin has quite an interesting title. A title leaning more towards the supernatural, but turns out being nowhere near. This novel was an easy pick. While reading the synopsis, realization hit that reading about women and self empowerment was something worth reading about.

After completing the novel, I decided to look into it more. This novel was based around female sexuality and equality. Which apparently was just spreading around America back in the 1800s/1900s. This can lead any reader to assume the amount of controversy that used to exist regarding this novel. Hello, FEMINISM. It was a big deal back then and it’s a big deal now. "The feminist movement, just beginning to emerge in other parts of America, was almost entirely absent in the conservative state of Louisiana. In fact, under Louisiana law, a woman was still considered the property of her husband. Chopin’s novel was scorned and ostracized for its open discussion of the emotional and sexual needs of women,” this is quite maddening. It’s rather difficult to actually understand how people can be so shocked to a female being sexually aware and independent. Females have choices too, actions and emotions that’ll be acted on. Hello to history repeating itself.

The newer generations seem to be a bit more at ease with The Awakening, yet the whole concept is still an issue. Yet, maybe readers have realized how realistic the views in the novel are. Everyone read this, analyze it and love it. “Themes of patriarchy, marriage and motherhood, woman’s independence, desire, and sexuality both honestly and artistically,” It’s impossible to deny the importance of these themes, it’s impossible to not acknowledge them, especially in this day and time.

The story between Robert and Edna is so intriguing. The way they spent most of the summer together. It mad sense that the more time they spent together the closer they'd end up. As events unfold, it's obvious that this relationship was something much needed for Edna. Robert walking into her life was a moment of self discovery for her. It's as if all the affection and attention directed her way woke her up. It's the type of event that makes one feel alive, unstoppable.

Readers need to realize that although Edna does indeed love Robert, this new found Edna could exist without him. It was about freedom, belonging to herself and answering to no one. While it was a mess of forbidden love, it all changed who Edna was on many different levels. While the novel has a tragic ending, it was worth the read. It was realistic, life doesn't always end in happiness. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dramatic Social Change

There are so many situations going on in this book that I could talk about, but I don't know If I can sit here and write about all of them. Especially when I have this one very specific thing that just makes me want to scream. Obviously, this will probably have something to do with love (probably the most common theme of my blog). 

The Age Of Innocence by Edith Wharton is great. Everyone read it and get frustrated. Please. Unlike the previous book I read, I felt that this one was rather easier to read. I felt anger reading this. If I would have gotten a copy of it and not online version, It would have been chucked against the wall!!! Newland Archer, Countess Ellen Olenska and May Welland.... WHY. Such anger for situations like these.

Basically, to make the story short, this was a typical love triangle set up in Old New York, with it's high class and ever changing social values. Archer and Welland were to be married, but once Olenska came in the picture(Wellands cousin), they fell in love. What. Okay. So, this practically screams forbidden love. So happy that it didn't end up like Romeo & Juliet. Situations like these are so frustrating. Archer was satisfied with Welland, she was enough to keep him content. Yet, when he met Olenska, she was everything. They were in love, but they couldn't be together. 

The way things played out, I couldn't blame Archer for wanting to be with the Countess. The countess was freedom, while Welland was conditioned and practically unable to think on her own. It's like living with a robot. Apply this to actual life and well.. It's really upsetting. To think that people do marry the wrong person and then meet the "one." How does someone deal with that.

This was a short rant. It was meant to be longer, but I can't just repeat myself over and over again. Something that was really upsetting was the ending. Archer didn't visit the countess and said he was content with the memories. He came to peace with it all. That was both upsetting and relieving