“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks
Love is our sun, night and day. Love is the air we breathe but cannot see. Love is that cold water we quench our shirts with. Love is…love is a lot of things.
Love can vary in intensity and can change over time. The issue of love, whatever form it might manifest in, has been part of conversations since the earth saw the light of day. Love has sparked a lot of conversations and rekindled a lot of controversies. But a lecture on that later.
Now, let’s talk about a book written with YOU in mind:
“This book is dedicated to all who seek love, all who have found love, all who have been hurt by love, and those who continue to bask in the sweetness of love.”
Christiana Jayne is a poetry collection by Edet Isiting and David Ekong, two literary gurus
who never cease to amaze their readers with satisfying content. But are they able to live up to their names in this new work? I would say yes! And this is why.
The idea of love, however cliche it might sound to the ears of many, is given a new perspective in this book. This anthology dips you in love. It leaves you yearning for what it is that people find in love if you are not a believer. It leaves you reminiscing about your own encounter with love and when you are in that dark alley of your feeling, you realize what you had was a good thing. In this collection, you get to meet love in its raw form, love in its sensual form, the bile-bitter, yet sweet after taste of love.
It is divided into three parts:
- Love, the awakening
- As the gbedu dey enter body
- Love to ashes.
LOVE, THE AWAKENING, the first part of the anthology has eleven poems—A Million And One Times, A Different Kind Of Beautiful, Love Beyond A Fence, Desire, Somewhere We Know, I Want You For Valentine, A Love I Didn’t Know, I Will Wait, Let Me Love You, Love You With No Fears and Shadow Lover. These titles, if you take a closer look at them, are more a premonition of the kind of literary finesse your literary taste buds are to be blessed with. I couldn’t get over how well and beautiful these titles are as I perused the contents. Even before I could read the poems, I knew the kind of poems I was going to read.
“Let me sweep off those teardrops,
Whilst gently caressing your skin.
Allow me to walk those gloomy paths with you
And be the light that illuminates the end of the tunnel.
Let me be your soul keeper,
One who puts your favorite song on repeat.
Allow me to wield your heart
And raise your spirit from the fogs of despair.”
— an excerpt from “Let Me Love You”
AS THE GBEDU DEY ENTER BODY, the second part of the book, adds up to the magic. This part also has eleven poems—falling Yet Again, The Beauty Of You, Love Me Today, Pictures, Under The Covers, Your Anchor, What Love Is Not, Life Before A Yellow Sun, Love Me Now, Cloud 9, I Love You and Stay With Me.
“Beneath the covers is our secret place
A place for you and I where our deepest thoughts are brought to life
Housing for our whispers
and the many little things a third ear shouldn’t hear.”
— an excerpt from “Under The Covers”
By the time you are done with this part of the book, you would be yearning for more.
One of my favourite poems from this part is, “What Love Is Not”
“In the many thoughts and questions, I’ve gone through
I realized what love is not.
Love is not the sparkle in the eyes of a boy or girl in love
Love is not the butterfly that runs wild in our stomach
Love is not the heart to heart conversation we have
Love is not the sound of your voice that plays like music
In my quest, far and beyond I saw the many things love isn’t
Because love is you”
LOVE TO ASHES, the third part of the book has eighteen poems, whose titles I am going to conceal. Read the book to find out more. Here is one of my favourite stanzas from this part:
“Your “I’M SORRY” can no longer save me,
Your words are vessels that have tarried the voyage from my eyes,
Every wave of tears; a proclamation of my fears
And your whips; channeling confluences across the shores of my body.”
Yes, there is no strict form of poetry used in this collection, yet, the literariness in it cannot be missed. Some of the poems are, indeed, short. But that is the beauty of the collection, that a message can be expressed so eloquently while remaining so straightforward.
I will recommend this collection for all those whose hearts they seek to store in love’s bank for herein this book’s pages, you will find that you are on the right path. For those whose hearts have been mishandled by love, this book gives you hope to try again. And if you have vowed to not love again, this book is still for you, a new perspective is all, sometimes, you need to change your mind. This book is for all—lovers of poetry or not. As I said, the poems are written in a way that you don’t need to be a pro in poetry to decipher the meaning behind each poem. But seriously, if you are not a poetry fan, this collection is your chance to do something different. Read a book of poetry and bring some poetry into your life.