Honest poetry coming out of everyday life, joys and struggles, keen observations of nature, family, friends, and faith.
A beautifully-presented collection composed at various times throughout the author's life. Many of these poems have been published in national periodicals and are collected here in book form for the first time. Together, they offer a spiritual and emotional memoir of a life of searching faith, faltering bu constantly clinging to hope, while learning to love. Both metered rhyme and free verse are employed. Original color illustrations are interspersed among the 73 poems.
From the INTRODUCTION (copyright 2016):
Poets compose poems and readers enjoy them because nothing quite distills the feelings of a moment as does a piece of verse with its resonance, sound, and form. A poem comes from someplace in the heart. And when read, it can reveal something about the heart. Like music, it may employ major or minor tones. I hope the poems in this volume, selected expressions from each stage of my life, will touch a chord for you, my reader - perhaps in a major key of delight or consolation; perhaps with minor overtones of grief or longing. May you find something here to illumine your path and lighten your soul at whatever place of life you find yourself.
From my wanderings in and wondering about nature; from opening more and more to the Divine; from faith, family, and friends; out of noisy living and quiet places; out of whelming emotions, questionings and questing ... come poems to help cope, to make sense of it all, to ennoble earthly life. In crisis has come hope; in fear has come faith; in fragility has come strength; in joy has come affirmation; in loss has come bounteous grace. I want to remember it all, but softly.
I.Poems from Adult Years (in reverse chronology)
In the Cleft of a Cold White Rock
Weights of Glory
Earth and Heaven
Snow On Good Friday
A Man With a Sword
In My Heart an Altar
Longing For Home
Sitting In the Grass On an Autumn Day
After the Reunion
God's Inexplicable Work
Autumn Walk Along the Poudre River
Rhymes For Grandchildren
Waves On the Cladach
After Saying Good-bye
If I Hadn t Looked
On a Walk In Ferndale
A Walk At Dusk
Three 'First' Poems
God Plus One Is a Winning Majority
A River Is Flowing
Cleansing, Healing and Deliverance
Footprints In the Snow
He Calms the Storm
Wings of Faith
II. Poems from Childhood and Teen-age Years (written under the pen name Katie Estell)
I Have a Friend
He Loves Me
I Like To Eat!
Solution For a Soul In Torment
It's a Beautiful Day
About the Author
Born in Colorado, Catherine Lawton (Cathy) lived most of her young life in rural parts of Northern California, moving from one town to another as a preacher's daughter. She learned to love evocative language, spoken or written from the heart, that paints a picture in the mind and, mixed with faith, awakens the spirit. She became a keen observer of both the vagaries of human nature and the wilds of outdoor nature. During college Cathy married her high-school sweetheart, and the Lawtons raised their children near the north coast Redwoods. In mid-life she returned to her birth state of Colorado with her husband, Larry, where they enjoy hiking, birding, gardening, and time with family and friends. Inner healing is a theme running through her writing, as she explores the depths of our relationships with - and need for - God, nature, and each other. Her previous books include 'Face to Face: A Novel', 'Journeys to Mother Love', and 'Remembering Softly: A Life In Poems'.
"The glory, sorrow and unquestionable beauty of life are encapsulated...richly emotional. 'Shadows' stood out, as did 'Glory' and 'A Walk at Dusk', a thought-provoking and fearless piece....Truly a beautiful book. The illustrations are a charming touch and fit well with the poems. Recommended wholeheartedly, with 5 out of 5 stars." -Realistic Poetry International
"The hopes and prayers of a life given to love come through strongly, but fresh scenes also draw us back to the visual. The light and lively artwork [brings] yet another lovely touch to this book." -Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, author, and blogger at The Poetry Editor and Poetry
"This collection of 65 poems written throughout her life, are really a memoir of life experiences and lessons learned-from joy, sorrow, healing, faith, and relationships. 111-pages of inspiration and lovely original-art colored illustrations. You'll want 2 copies, one to keep and one to give. A poet's treasure!" -Elaine Wright Colvin, poet, author
"Catherine paints a landscape with her words where the reader becomes, not just an observer, but a participant, guided and inspired by the power of her evocative language.Her broad brush of recollections showcase her deep love and keen observation of nature; her devotion to, and delight in, her family, friends and her faith...even a bright splash of humor." -Alice Scott-Ferguson, poet and author of Pausing in the Passing Places