||January 7, 2007
Father’s Eyes poetically chronicles the evolution of a Christian – from a rough start growing up the child of an alcoholic, to struggling with self-destructive patterns, to fully understanding that she is a child of God. Her path will begin with the struggle and search for peace, continue on to the surrender of God’s grace, and finally embrace what it truly means to let go of expectations and let God give you the gifts you were meant to receive.
The Difference Now
Father’s Eyes contains over fifty poems, with an autobiographical influence that demonstrates the strength of the human character when combined with God’s love. No matter your beliefs, you’ll be able to relate to this faithful progression and understanding.
Keep Going, Child
A blurry destination
in the distance up ahead.
It whispers to me,
“Make it known,
you’ll do all that you said.”
The faintest hint of roadmap
shows a course that I might take.
A sign ahead says,
“Ignore the fools that tell you
mistakes are all you’ll make.”
Bright lights upon the darkness,
come out to aid the task.
They shine on, urging,
“Your questions will be answered
but you’ll never know unless you ask.”
When exhaustion slows my steps
and adds new lines upon my face,
a gentle breeze will soothe me, saying,
“Keep going, child, and feel the strength
of my never-ending grace.”
"Father's Eyes" by Cherie Burbach is a painful, poignant, uplifting, inspiring adventure told through poetry. Anyone who has undergone emotional abuse, whether from an alcoholic parent like Cherie, or another family member or spouse, will identify with the raw emotions Cherie shares in her poetry. She courageously and eloquently expresses the trials an abused person endures, enabling the reader to identify with those sufferings. And then she goes on to demonstrate how it is possible to rise above that grief, to find self-acceptance, peace and happiness.
While Cherie's journey is a Christian one, hers is a story that has meaning and relevance to anyone, regardless of his or her religious outlook. It demonstrates the strength and resilience of the human soul and its capacity to rise above circumstance and triumph over trial. The positive message of "Father's Eyes" will move any reader, but for those who have endured or are enduring similar difficulties, I highly recommend this book as an inspiring example of how you have the power to improve your life.
Hearthwrenching emotion, excellent read
Reviewer: Allbooks Review (Canada) -
My first impression was that this is strictly Christian poetry, however the work contained in Father's Eyes will appeal to a much larger audience regardless of religious persuasion. That said, I must state that the poetry tells the story of a young child's evolution from verbally abused victim to strong adult Christian woman. Anyone that has experienced alcoholism and childhood abuse, whether physical or emotional will identify with this work. The poetry of Cherie Burbach reminded me of T.S. Elliot's, Journey of the Magi, an intensely reflective poem, with a special resonance for those who have found their path to Christianity the hard way. Father's Eyes however is written in a more colloquial voice throughout.
More than 50 poems set in 4 vignette style chapters, tell the story of one young woman's life. We begin in Chapter one, The Struggle. I Am, a poignant cry from a child of an alcoholic says it all:
I am the guilt of my father's illness
I am the burden of his death
I am evidence of his addiction......
And in How Far, we see the cruelty in the father's words and how they cut to the quick of the child's self esteem:
How far the distance
Between the heart and themind?
How far to erase
Those words so unkind?...
Chapter two, The Search is filled with emotion as the child struggles to understand the cruelty in the words. In You Said:
I was lazy and stupid
I wouldn't amount to much
The third Chapter deals with The Surrender, followed by The Embrace as the self-destructive young person, grows to embrace God's love. The final poem, Father's Eyes ends:
In the Father's Eyes
I'm His child
He wants me here
And I belong.
The signature and final poem, Father's Eyes is indeed the most profound and emotional of all of the work. A brilliant summation of the life, the struggle, and the final enlightened acceptance as one of God's children. Poet, Burbach has the multifaceted ability, of actually playing the poems off of one another. Too often readers find poetry collections wherein no thought is paid to juxtaposition. Father's Eyes is laid out sequentially to tell a story and tell a story it does, with such heartwrenching emotion readers will be haunted long after closing the book.
Kudos to the poet, Cherie Burbach. Highly recommended by reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review.
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