#NatureSpeaks: 30 #Poems in 30 Days – Day 5: My Blood, by Eunice Aformanor

They bloom with vibes
as grapes drive on vines,
butterflies welcome their
seasons in species,
My blood celebrate me.

But, when blooms derail
when transitions
cut off maturity,
and my blood
betrays me,
Can l announce
to denounce ?
Can any type
fit in tighter
than ‘A’?
Denouncing it
is denouncing
self and soul
denouncing it
is denouncing
my nature.

As healing rains fall
with water and fire
to take us higher,
so do l prepare
for the smooth,
the rough and
tough turns,
even for the never hoped for,
to be at peace with pains,
For no other can hide my
heartaches in smiles
than myself,
for Sorrow is a perfect Picture
of Love in progress.


Image from Vectorstock.com


My Blood was inspired by the poem Butterfly Love. You can read more of Eunice Aformanor’s poetry at UNIZ BISSIE.


Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.



Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Press


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Interview with Victoria Onofrei, Bloomsbury Radio, London; and, lavender petals

I was elated last month when Victoria Onofrei of Bloomsbury Radio sent me a message inviting me to an interview on her radio show. The interview was conducted a couple of weeks ago via Zoom. Victoria is a lovely host, and a delightful conversationalist. It was great fun.

In the interview we talk about #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, #1 Amazon Bestseller Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, both published by Experiments in Fiction, my writing process, music, love, life, and much more.

The interview will air tomorrow, Sunday 9/25 at 6 pm BST, and 10 am PT USA.

You can access Bloomsbury Radio here.

I would be honored if you would tune in, thank you!


lavender petals

dreams
made out of lavender
and crushed rose petals

entice the tips of my senses

a river of feelings
flooding

the body with endorphins

releasing hope

through an atmosphere
often

choked
with despair

though

I
always
remember
love is in the air


Photo by designnox, Pixabay


Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.


Jeff Flesch

Author, #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women

Author of the Month, Jan/Feb 2022, Spillwords Press


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The Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration Begins Tomorrow!

I am so excited by the response to the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration and the beginning of this initiative tomorrow.

As of today, I’ve received 18 gorgeous poems, and they all speak to my heart.

For now, I have decided to leave the submission window open. Therefore, if you’ve not yet submitted, and would like to, please do so, following the submission guidelines here.

I will begin posting these beautiful poems tomorrow morning. All of the poems will be posted daily to this blog at 6 am PT (USA).

I’ve been so touched and moved by the poems received, I have written some poems inspired by these talented writers, which I will share over the next 30 days.

I hope you are ready for some heartwarmingly powerful poetry, as we have that in store for you!

I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow morning. Thank you!


Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.


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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: New Reviews

I’m sharing a few more reviews today of #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow. I am humbled and honored by the beautiful words contained in all of the reviews my debut poetry book has received over the past two weeks. Such an amazing experience, all of this has been.

Here are the newest reviews.

Suzette Benjamin, of Suzette B’s Blog

5.0 out of 5 stars

 A dance in poetic song!

Jeff Flesch’s well-presented poetic ensemble Nature Speaks, vibrates human emotion with nature as its membrane.
It draws the reader into the connectedness between feelings and experiences in/with/among who we are and are becoming.
Jeff Flesch’s talented gaze at human brokenness and the joy seeping
through love and life, lifts the reader through nature’s lens unto fervent hope.
One of my many favorites from this adept collection resonates with this aspect of nature’s parabolic lens; a lens that reveals what lies in one’s heart, bubbling up ever so gently, through a walk among the trees.
I found the following a summative glimpse into the poet’s perspective, which I think the reader will enjoy. That nature is a reminder of the primal nature to which all life belongs. It is that place of respite from the shackles of the everyday grind.
Therefore the line in “Self Bloom” which reads: “I dance to the tune of the moon learning more about nature,” does that for me. What imagery and solace abounds in that swath of poetry!
The reader will not be disappointed (O thomk) with “Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: Poems by Jeff Flesch” either as a companion at the end of a day, or as an early morning meditation song.
Overall, I relished reading these poems as a “dance” to the tune of nature’s heart song wrapped in hugs.

Cassa Bassa, of Flicker of Thoughts

4.0 out of 5 stars

 Nature gives us space to process our feelings and emotions.

The writer is connected to nature, the everyday wonders we often ignore. It provides a safe place to process at times complex emotions. It’s healing to read this collection of poems.

Elisa Bobbiesi, of @wildolivewrites

5.0 out of 5 stars

A restorative and uplifting collection

This enchanting collection of poems is filled with depth and heart. There is a softness, a hopefulness to his writing, even when expressing painful emotions. Intricate textures of nature are woven throughout, like meditations, reminding us to connect to and fully appreciate the world around us.

Kym Gordon Moore, of From Behind the Pen

5.0 out of 5 stars

 A Dance with Nature

Jeff’s collection of poetry reminds me of looking at nature and life through the lens of a child. The gifts of nature are ours to reflect on the majesty of life, caretaking, and living. His poems meander through the realms of imagination, creativity, and appreciation for the blessed gifts Mother Nature offers us. This book is like dedicating a love story to the amazing facets of the gems that nature beholds. You can find a piece of yourself throughout the morsels of stanzas offered in this collection.

Selma in Japan, of Selma

5.0 out of 5 stars

 Poetry that moves you– makes you feel something like an overflow

In reading Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Author Jeff Flesch, at times, I moved like the wind susurrating to a tree; at others, my soul overflowed and crashed like a wave— my heart pulsed excitedly and smiled. Could be the nature theme, could be the words. 
The words, yes, the words! 
The author’s words recalibrate heart and soul, and if I had to choose just one poem to encapsulate what I mean, it would be “The Ocean’s Rocks.” I love the ending line, “love forms the center of our poetry.” 
There is much sorrow in Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Author Jeff Flesch, but the author finds a way of stirring us out of that dark place and into the love that abides in nature. Kudos! As we all know, love is the thing that makes the journey whole and worth it.
The poems are short, but each packs a beautiful cadence in the brevity and simplicity of the author’s vocabulary. And the freedom in the lineation of free verse poetry added to its charm— giving me time to visualize. This ‘permission to pause’ endeared me to this poet’s crisp style. 
Each poem ends in a blissful place which translates to each ending putting me in a better place. 
So glad I purchased the printed format. Touching it transports me to a good place. 
In closing, it was hard to read this lovely poetry collection and not nod in agreement: the world would be a better place if we could all see through Author Jeff Flesch’s eyes. I cannot wait to read more by this author. 
5-star. I highly recommend it—Selma in Japan.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Suzette, Cassa, Elisa, Kym, and Selma. Your reviews touched my heart, and I am grateful to each of you.


Submissions are open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration, and will remain open until September 23. The submission details are located here.

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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, Now Available!

I am so excited to announce that Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow is now available in Paperback and Kindle Editions from Amazon!

As I write this, the book is already #1 New Release in the Poetry About Nature category at Amazon. What an honor!

Here are some of the Amazon links for various countries.

USA: Amazon.com

India: Amazon.in

Canada: Amazon.ca 

Australia: Amazon.com.au

United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk

Japan: Amazon.co.jp 

Spain: Amazon.es

Italy: Amazon.it

France: Amazon.fr

Germany: Amazon.de

Brazil: Amazon.com.br

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each of you, and for everyone in my life that has supported me getting here today. I appreciate each of you more than words can convey.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support.


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