Poetry is a way of life and life an ever changing,
never ending poem. A poet cannot help but take
his pen in hand and record life’s joys and sorrows,
while life continues on, blissfully unaware of the
need for metrical pattern or imagery, yet creating
it on a day to day basis whether in limerick, elegy
or sonnet. It is all there for the taking.
Poetry is a dance with God, close and intimate,
or jitterbugging across Eden’s fertile valley.
Poetry is the wonder and awe of one minute bit of
dust in an infinite universe trying to understand it all.
Poetry is, like beauty, in the eye of the beholder.
"A Pure and Simple Faith" reflects the author’s
continuing love of God in a world filled with temptation,
disappointment, and heartache. .
About the Author:
Ruth Nott is a native Floridian, but has traveled to many of the United States during her growth as a woman, wife, mother, sister, christian, quilter, and poet. Ruth says, "Life is too varied, exciting, disappointing, adverturous, tragic, and comical not to write about it. My poetry reflects my life, my emotions, my dreams, and my faith and continues to emerge in unexpected spurts at unexpected times."
"Publication has not been a top priority in my life; although, I have been published in various anthologies and small press magazines and newsletters over the years, such as... Poetry Canada Magazine, Sea Oats Review Literary Magazine of the Panama City Writers Association, The Funny Papers, Mahogany and Molasses, The Easterner (a publication of the State Farm Insurance Company), HealingTheRift.com, Poetry.com, and various anthologies of the International Library of Poetry."
"I've been writing poetry since childhood, but never saved or cataloged any of it until later in life when I found them an outlet for emotions too long repressed. I hope you enjoy my book 'A Pure and Simple Faith'."
This book is dedicated to all those who came before, to their strength and determination and to the love they shared in the creating of a family bond which endures today.
In today's society we can pass the time in a million different ways. We can listen to music that mirrors our moods or watch television on more than five hundred channels; some people play sports on a sandlot team or immerse themselves in virtual worlds of magic and monsters; others turn to writing and share their imagination or experiences with avid readers across the globe. The members of our family seem to have adopted writing as our "expression of choice" in the creation of this book.
Writing is a varied art form--novels, short stories, essays, poems, diaries, letters to loved ones--all have had their allure to different members of our family at different times. Within these pages you'll find our thoughts and emotions and whimsy; reviewed, dissected, examined and put on display in formal verse and free flowing prose. This book is offered from our hearts to yours and we hope you will find it both fulfilling and inspiring.
Love is everything. It is in the joining which plants the seed. It is in the first flutter of life in a mother’s womb. Love fills every heart in the delivery room when that child is born.
Love guides, and teaches, and protects as that child grows and learns to love in return. It is the bond which keeps you ever connected to your family no matter how far apart life’s circum-stances may keep you. It gives you joy, pride, and concern for each and everyone in your family circle.
Love can also bring heartache, fear, and loss; but, in time, can overcome all of these when combined with faith. The power of love is proven and eternal. The strength of a family is measured in hugs and laughter, generosity and caring, forgiveness, understanding, and communication.
We are a strong family – one which acknowledges its imperfect-ions and embraces its differences. We know that family matters and we hope that by combining our talents within these pages we have helped to forge an even stronger unit.
Although the everyday barriers of life (such as time and distance, jobs and circumstances beyond our control) may keep us physically separated, we cannot, and must not, let those things build a wall between our hearts and souls. We are forever connected because…. family matters.
by Ruth Y. Nott
Just as the pieces of a Crazy Patch quilt are varied in size and shape and sewn together with stitches fancy or plain, our lives vary from day to day and year to year, and are sewn together with stitches of love, some fancy and meticulously done, some plain and simple, some fraying over time.
This collection of poems is representative of my crazy patch life, some bright and new, some showing their age, some seemingly finding their way here from an alternate universe. Just as our lives twist and turn on a whim, so does this poetry patchwork.
“Haiku for Lovers” is dedicated “to love’s idea - to love, the experience - to love unending”. Come take a journey into reality, into life in seventeen syllables. See how love begins, grows, and changes over time.
Haiku was the beginning, a three-line poem with syllable counts of 5, 7, 5, no rhyme and no particular metre, with a reference to the seasons of the year, which is considered obligatory in Japan. Then it evolved in to haikai (linked haiku), senryu (haiku without a seasonal reference, dealing with human nature), and other various forms with various differences. The dividing lines can become blurred, and Ruth’s lines may better be described as senryu’ however, she prefers the use of the more recognizable term of haiku for her title.
Delving into love from its earliest playful beginnings to its passionate consummation, through losses from death to betrayal, Ruth shows that, in the end, love is enduring even if only in memory.
For some of us, there are times in our lives when reality seems hard to endure. In those times we find ourselves drawn or lured into passionate fantasies which we know are neither morally nor spiritually acceptable, but which, at those times, we cannot resist.
We can only look back upon those times with regret and ask forgiveness of those we hurt by our actions.
Even then, as the years go by, we find there are many people we can’t forget. Some were just passing fancies and exist only as wispy wraiths in the dark corners of our minds, but others… others “left footprints on our hearts” and will never be forgotten.
These poems and essays come from where memory lingers, from those times when reality was not where we wanted to be.
Have you ever felt uncertain, alone, without courage, and shaken in your beliefs? Have you found comfort in the advice of friends, or in the inspirational or spiritual words of a poem? Words from a friend or a favorite book can help, can give us back our courage and faith, can help us to understand and to hurt less, can show us that we are not the first, nor the last, to experience the feelings of hopelessness.
The touching, often lyrical poems in Garden of Faith will soothe and calm, refresh your spirit and touch on some of the questions and doubts we all face in our search for personal happiness and spiritual healing.
Ruth's latest book is a two-fold venture into bringing her own faith, commitment and hopeful attitude to others in need. Combining all the poems you loved in her first book A Pure and Simple Faith with as many more fresh new poems of love, faith and gratitude, Garden of Faith will enlighten, uplift, and encourage.
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After the Rain
By Ruth Y. Nott
Contained within the pages of After the Rain you will find poems of faith and inspiration, poems based on self-analysis, family, love, and humourous verses included to lighten your spirits. Ruth's poetry is often rhyming, lyrical, and she uses a varied application of form.
The poems reflect her faith and realization that God is everywhere and all-knowing, her sensitivity to everyday events, and her vulnerability to the uncertainty of love.
A little something for everyone can be found within the pages of After the Rain. You may be moved or amused, but certainly entertained with ruth's sixth book of poetry.