Free poetry Kindle books for 04 Dec 16

The Secrets of Lilly Lake: A Book of Poetry

by bethany kays

A collection of poems authored by the courageous survivor of chronic sexual abuse, The Secrets of Lilly Lake is the first published works written by Bethany Kays. 48 poems, written between the ages of 15 and 44, spurred by real-life experiences, nightmares, failures and triumphs all speak to a journey that most travel alone.

Her themes of loss, abandonment, PTSD, shame and survival are all born from what happens not only during, but after the abuse. The poems speak of the unspoken to include secondary and tertiary victimization, often inflicted by loved ones. Bethany shares her most intimate feelings and thoughts. These profound poems are uncomplicated yet tell a story only possible when composed directly from the soul.

In the difficult world only known to survivors, Bethany’s words deeply connect with the reader as she holds your hand, telling you that you are not alone. All survivors, of any tragedy, will be moved by this book. She gives them hope. She gives them strength. She gives a voice to those who have been silenced. And she tells them that she is standing right beside them.



Pot of Uncertainty At the End of the Unsettled

by Kelli Gunn

An honest and witty collection of poems by Canadian poet Kelli Gunn, chronicling decades of love wished for, gained, lost, and remembered.



Book of Secrets

by James Peebles Jr.

This is a book of my personal life in poetic form. It relates to mental illness and my everyday life. It states my feelings, thoughts, and philosophies of life as it is currently now. It is brutally candid and honest of how I see life and others. Its my life as best as I can describe it in poetry and words.



Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – In Poetry

by Brian Crandall

Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – In Poetry takes you inside the mind of one who suffers. A bullied child, a child caught up in the violence of a war-torn nation, an abused spouse, a homeless person, a person who suffers mental illness, a person with a drug or alcohol dependency, a victim of racism, an immigrant or refugee fleeing their homeland, desperate for survival, desperate to find a safe haven for the children, even a soldier who survived the battle only to live a life of nightmares. See what they see. Hear what they hear. Feel their emotions rise and fall in extreme waves of confusion and sadness. Fear what they fear.
Empathy helps us better understand what others are going through, and often encourages a person to get involved in some small way to help another person in need.
As a political activist, I was frustrated every time I read judgmental, even hateful comments on social media about a homeless person, an immigrant or refugee, a person struggling with an addiction or mental illness, and others in need. On social media news pages, there is no person off limits to negative criticism. While some people are accepting and welcoming to refugees and immigrants, others shout, â??Go Away!’ Even a news story about a woman abused or a military veteran who suffers Post Traumatic Stress Disorder results in cold-hearted comments like, “Get over it”. I thought to myself, “How can I help them understand that the person they rage against is suffering tremendously? How can I help them understand that, for many homeless people, it isn’t as simple as â??Get a job!’ How can I help them understand that a person with a drug addiction deserves help?” I started writing poetry to use it as a reply to the most judgmental people commenting on social media, to try to help them understand that these are human souls who deserve compassion. I started to write poetry in an effort to take them inside the mind of one who suffers.
Reading â??Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – In Poetry’, you will momentarily live the life of a homeless person who sleeps outdoors in the cold, you will experience their sadness. You will experience the terror of a child who is surrounded by war with bombs going off and family members missing. You will go inside the mind of one who suffers mental illness, and feel their confusion. With â??Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – In Poetry’, you will understand the sorrow of a person with a drug addiction, and you will understand the confusion and remorse of a soldier who lives a life of nightmares after witnessing death and destruction all around him.
The results of the poetry have exceeded my expectations as it has found real-world application across numerous situations. One church featured the poetry about the homeless during their fundraising event to raise funds for a homeless shelter. Another church turned the poetry into songs titled, â??Hymns for the Homeless’. Psychologists and counselors who came across the poetry I write on social media have incorporated it into their Art Therapy programs including the â??Alternatives to Violence Program’ where incarcerated youth and adults are encouraged to look toward the arts and away from violence. Counselors who work with veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder incorporate the poetry I write about PTSD, and encourage a soldier to write about their own personal experiences.
People who initially made angry comments about one of these topics sometimes reply to my poetry with comments like, “You know, I never really thought about it. After reading your poetry, now I do understand that they need help.” Others comment to say that the poetry inspired them to volunteer at a local shelter or donate to a non-profit. I cannot ask for better results than this.
Read â??Empathy Globally: Painful Portraits of People – In Poetry’ to expand your focus and consciousness to a global perspective and understand that we are all one human race.



Reflections Through a Kaleidoscope: A collection of poems

by Arkady Sandler

a collection of musings by an orthodox urban hipster living in New York City.



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