This book was published almost ten years ago after my son was born. Several of the poems were inspired by him and the love I felt after bringing him home. That summer was full of introspection. It was a time to let my mind wander and I let it.
This book is a reflection of those memories.
This Ain't Shakespeare...is a perspective of a woman as she closes the door on her thirties and finds that forty isn't as scary as she thought it would be. This collection of essays and poetry connects with every woman who one morning wakes up and says, "Is this my life?" And then realizes, "yes, it is." One part humor and two parts down-to-earth story-telling equals a whole lot of heart.
CANDLE OF BEAUTY
Outer beauty is the flame
mesmerizing, bright, glowing
hypnotically drawing us in.
but it flickers and wavers
disapperaring like a whisper.
Inner beauty is the candle
that gives the flame life
providing it with the strength
to deliver light and warmth
to those within its sphere
To eventually melt
into a glistening pool
only to be reshaped and molded
back to its original form
in order to pass on the flame.
copyright debra conklin 2002
A Must Read for Woman Approaching 40
June 2, 2006
Reviewer: Jacqueline Castaneda "Lover of Memoir's"
This memoir so was inspirational to me....
You constantly found yourself saying....oh yeah, that's me!
It is an eclectic combination of poems, thoughts and short stories on family, friends, motherhood and more.
We all have these stories in us....we can all relate.
This is a must have in every woman's library to share with your mother, your sister, your friends and someday your daughters.
I look forward to future writings from the author...Debra Conklin.
January 24, 2005
Reviewer: Susan Burns
Susan M. Burns, a home healthcare provider.
I read and finished this book the same day I recieved it and it was awesome! It really makes you sit back and think about where you are in life and the meaning of everything you've learned. Once you read this it will truly make you love life, never take a sunrise for granted or your baby's first steps. In the blink of an eye, it will disappear never to re-appear again.
The losses and gains in life and love are overwhelming at times, but this book helps put things in better perspective.
Learning From Experience
December 27, 2004
Reviewer: Robert D. Holt (Mantua, New Jersey United States)
Debra Conklin is a self-employed mother of three from Maine who has felt more than her share of the pains of youth and growing older. In "This Ain't Shakespeare," her first collection of poems and essays, Conklin shares her memories of younger days and shows her readers how to turn life into a continued learning experience.
Debra Conklin has included items in this collection to which any reader may relate during their life's experiences. Along with stories about child rearing and love of family, she takes an introspective look back at learning some of the wrong things from her father, and explains how she copes with the loss of a brother. She also relates humorous tales about her ongoing battle with an old washing machine, and reflects upon the excitement of not being as fat as she expected.
Then Conklin's strong imagery and perspective take readers right along with her as she paints beautiful pictures of life's often overlooked simple pleasures, like a walk through the woods and the dawning of a new day.
This collection is thoughtful, inspirational, and often amusing, and it is a credit to anyone who, like the author, maintains an undying drive to succeed. You really want to buy this book. It may not be Shakespeare, but this volume is an extremely worthwhile addition to anyone's bookshelf by a truly gifted new artist.
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Reader Reviews for "This Ain't Shakespeare...But It Sure Is Real"
|Reviewed by Debbie Walker
|I was a little curious when I heard the title of the book so I bought it. It came in the mail, I sat down "Just to flip thru" and I didn't put it down till I was finished. A book you can certainly relate to. I'll be waiting for the next one!!!!! Whatever type you choose, I know I'll be able to tune right into it. Thanks for a great read!!!|
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