love, and you
By Gretchen Gomez
one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
and another day
he broke my heart
i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning
Gretchen is no stranger to those of us who frequent the bookish blogosphere. She has already established a name for herself through her continuously positive interaction, honest reviews and poetic posts. If for some reason you have yet to make her lovely acquaintance, you can remedy that by visiting her here.
There is often a certain amount of hesitancy that I encounter reviewing titles by those I have come to know on a somewhat personal level. As you can imagine, being an honest reviewer, it is can present possible challenges. However, I entered into love, and you with full anticipation and zero concern. I know her work. It is often the highlight of my day and manages to touch on so much of the unspoken for myself and I believe many others. Still I was not prepared for what was revealed between the pages.
love, and you is journey that touches one’s core and dives deep within the heart. It is a glimpse into one woman’s personal life and struggle, but it also mirrors a battle so many of us have fought on our own terms and will come to recognize. With this it delivers a newfound strength and promise.
Each verse segues beautifully into the next, forming a raw and powerful message for anyone who has ever loved and been hurt. While filled with one woman’s mourning and loss, there is also something else of true significance and merit occurring. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, we witness the amazing process of renewal and rebirth. Of forgiveness and self acceptance.
“my worth is not beneath the land you walk on
my worth is more than the time you never spent on me
my worth is more than the depression that fights to hug me”
love, and you is a self proclamation and realization seen through the eyes of a woman who inspires courage. An undisguised, emotional experience that resonates deep within the heart and stands as a steadfast reminder that pain is not the end. That with suffering comes growth. This is a story of healing and learning to live again. This is life presented in powerful and arresting poetic form.
” i unlearned the suffering and untangled myself from the vines of my heart”
love, and you is for anyone who has ever suffered at the hands of another or even their own heart. Open yourself and explore all that love, and you has to offer. This is an impactful and worthy experience for all.
About The Author
Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.
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