Mourning Has Broken: A Book Review

I would like to read this book, but I can’t find it in an accessible format, even from Audible. However, I thought I would share this review along with my rendition of a song that went through my head, as I read the review, never mind that the spelling of “morning” is different.

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I read this book during a time of loss and sadness. When my spirits were so low neither music nor books could enter my heart. Numerous books remained unread, the words and stories therein unable to penetrate the wall. 

Then I recalled reading about Carol Balawyder and ‘Mourning Has Broken’; her book on loss and grief. On a whim I bought it.

My attention was seized from the very first few sentences and as I devoured it within two days ‘Mourning Has Broken’ left a deep and profound impact on me.

The writing is exceptional and beautiful. Poetic in places, full of wisdom. Her words spoke directly to me, then at times mirrored my experiences of loss exactly. I have never highlighted so much in a book since my student days. Nor have I I talked so much about a book – I am sure my family by now feel…

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What is Red?

During our last third Thursday poets meeting, we studied the poem, “Color Me Red” by Starr Williams, which you will find at . We then each wrote our own poem about red. I came up with the following. Click on the link below the poem to hear me read it.



the heart of the one I still love,

his face when he was mad or embarrassed,

the shirt he sometimes wore

with a breast pocket for his red kerchief,

hat that adorned his head,

sweat pants that warmed his legs,

beets I once gave him,

thinking they were cranberry sauce,

cherry tomatoes he liked,

his blood that no longer pumps through his veins

now that he lies underground

where it’s dark, damp, cold,

where red no longer brings cheer.


Now, it’s your turn. What do you associate with red? You don’t have to write a poem, but you can share your thoughts below.


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