Legacy in Words

by Jamarica S. Jones
Trafford Publishing

"Hold me close
Rock me long
Before you know it
I'll be gone."

Memories, many believe, are best captured through the written word. Legacy in Words is a snapshot of the speaker's feelings and life experiences, which are undoubtedly shared by a large portion of the readership. In fact, it wouldn't be far fetched to declare every poem as an impactful piece that connects with societal issues.

Throughout the poetry, Jones passionately discusses topics such as breast cancer awareness, abuse, menopause, aging, faith, and much more. While every poem has its merits, "Junk," "Morning Chill," "Sunday Afternoon Sleep," "Traffic Jam," and "The Big '3-0'" are particularly reflective of 21st century life. In "Junk,"” the speaker is essentially turning her living room into a hoarding haven and finally realizes that it's all junk. Every poem can be interpreted philosophically; "Junk" is a cry to stop wasting your time on needless things and focus on what is truly important. Another classic scene that much of the population can relate to is found in "Morning Chill," which describes the nauseating feeling of running late for work in the early morning hours, turning the car on, and speeding away, just catching a slight glimpse of the rising sun. "Sunday Afternoon Sleep" will simply plant a smile squarely on the face of all and is another must read. Who hasn't been privy to the lazy Sunday routine?

Although many of the earlier poems are focused on the smaller aspects of life, the poetry takes a distinctly serious and metaphysical tone in later parts, particularly in poems like "United People," and "Families." In "United People," the speaker hammers home the irony that we, the people, are not as united as we are led to believe. "Hold Me Close" is a beautiful example of a mother-child relationship and the unfortunate reality that this special time will be over much too quick.

Poems like "Families," "New Year Resolutions," and "News at 11" are all thought-provoking and slightly comical. Perhaps the most intriguing poem of all, however, is "I Wait for the Day," a poem constructed in the spirit of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech" that envisions the world as a better place. Many relevant and rhythmically aesthetic poems fill the pages of this compilation, making Legacy in Words is a must read in total.

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