- Paperback: 83 pages
- Publisher: Olympia Publishers (29 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848978995
- ISBN-13: 978-1848978997
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 0.5 x 20.3 cm
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Sticks and Stones Falling From the Sky Paperback – Import, 29 Jun 2017
About the Author
Andrew Daniels is a native of Washington, also known as "The Evergreen State" for its lush evergreen forests. He was born in 1992 of Irish-Cherokee-German descent. At age nine, Andrew won the 53rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby hosted by the Tacoma Sportsmen's Club in 2002. He attended Lincoln High School as a teenager where he excelled in literature, as well as making people laugh. While a student there, he earned two varsity letters after joining the school golf team. Andrew graduated from Lincoln High School in June of 2011 after being recognized as a scholar athlete that season.
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Author Daniels implements inventive metaphors saying, “if you were my woman, I would be your car”, “you fill my flat tires with love”, and “your love is the key to the engine of my heart throbbing with secrets no other key could unlock and a motor no other love could start”. To be entirely honest, there is a good sense of humor in this piece that showcases the author’s outgoing, amiable personality. He is a smooth gentleman that possesses the power to light up a girl’s heart, as we imagine the two lovebirds flying down a Nascar racetrack with stars lit in their eyes!
He then slips into a disposition of elegance in the picturesque poem ‘Autumn’ , a selection that displays an enormous appreciation towards the beautiful season of Fall, once again, comparing the beautiful alluring scenery of this favorable time of year to the enchanting attraction he has for Autumn, seemingly in reference to a female. Daniels doesn’t refrain from expressing his deep adoration for his love, saying “the sun and moon bow before Autumn, kissing her hand”.
To provide only an idea of Autumn's impressive beauty, the Author crowns her as a ‘blossoming goddess’ and is entranced with her ‘emerald eyes as green as grass’. Indeed, Autumn is like a portrait of splendor in this soothing masterpiece, and Author Daniels doting verses are enveloped in outstanding charm to complement the scene!
Slightly altering the mood, we encounter a poem entitled ‘Multiple Choice’, an introverted poem that expresses a disappointment regarding self, reflecting upon failure in an open and honest manner. Though the Author does not say specifically why he feels this way, we understand that at some point in time he “tried to cheat fate”. But like most of us, the facts of reality settle in and he realizes there is no way to evade responsibility.
Poems such as ‘Gardens of Honor and Respect’ teach us how to obtain the same abounding “green thumb of a gardener” whom Daniels extols as a bearer of good fruit. The Author compares this nurturing Gardener to a compassionate and cultivating soul that cares sincerely for the seeds in his field, illustrating characteristics such as loyalty and respect, which the Gardener gives as ‘fresh fruit’ to the souls with ‘desperate needs’. And in this case, for the Gardener, there are ‘endless fields of seeds’ which we imagine equivalent to endless fields of lives.
The scene that this poem creates almost reminds us of the biblical quote in the book of Isaiah from the Holy Bible, ‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat’. We absolutely love how the Author ties up the end, with moving words of encouragement saying, “whether life gives you seeds or pebbles, if you can make them grow, you have the green thumb of a gardener”. The uplifting vibe of this poem is undeniably energizing!
With over a billion people on Earth, we may not all agree on every single aspect, but if there is one thing that most of us can agree on, that’s the fact that we must all face and deal with our own set of challenges, whether they be physical or mental, inevitably. And most of what we endure and experience seems to have a dramatic impact on the brain, which Author Daniels speaks of in his poem ‘Lobotomy’, where he confesses to being a victim of hopelessness and confusion, describing his mind as a ‘prison’ or ‘asylum’ where his 'dreams, future, and sanity wear a straitjacket’.
The reality of this quote and poem has an extraordinary effect on humanity, exposing the darker, more complex side of our internal secluded selves. The poem then describes the constant battle between good and bad, right and wrong, as he admits to wavering between an unstable world of haunting nightmares, and a promising freedom perceived in his dreams. Which will succeed, we ask? Which is real? Frankly, based off the strong confidence, positivity, and resilient spirit resonating from the pages of this book, we can predict his future looks as bright as the sunshine!
Which leads us right into our next selection, “The Sunshine Here and the Sunshine There”. A poem we believe to best capture the glowing spirit of Author Andrew Daniels in this book! It is also universal, therefore, a motivational mantra for any person on any occasion! In the words of the Author, he advises “we should all be a ray of sunshine when there is no sunshine in the world”. And he certainly has a point! Such personal creeds remind us how we control our emotions and not the other way around. Collectively, if we take his advice in this poem, the world will surely become a much better place for us all.
There are several creative poems in this selection that we find captivating with compelling storylines and imagery such as, ‘The Sapphire Salmon’, ‘The Pink Pearl’, and one of our personal favorites, ‘Playing Hardball with God’, and finally, ‘A Ladder to the Moon’.
This collection of poems touches on a variety of subjects, is imaginative, intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual. We are proud to present this book with a 5-star rating, in complete admiration of the positive influence Andrew has through his poetry! Amazing work, Author Daniels!