Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Last Cup of Tea

sipping his last cup of tea
funeral visitors left theirs

unfinished cup of tea
he bids farewell to his
deceased wife

This Is the Red Door (Book Review)

This Is the Red Door
By James R. Whitley
Ironweed Press
ISBN 978-1-931336-03-1

Mr. James R. Whitley, This Is the Red Door is a collection of love poems that poignantly described the hope of falling in love and expressed the vivid colors of losing it all over again. Every poem will take you the blissful mountains and hills of love. This Is the Red Door is like a love guru that will teaches its readers on how to accept the sweet first taste of love till to its bittersweet and surprisingly tangy aftertaste.

I find his words unforgettable and some of my favored poems are Habanero, Pumpkin Cheesecake for One, “Monkey Know What Tree to Climb” and Jumping Bean. The juxtaposition he pains on his every poem was cleverly done that you would find yourself turning the pages of his book in one sitting.

On his poem Habanero, he vividly described his deepest feelings, his pain just like consuming hot peppers in a very unimaginative amount and though blisters were already burning his tongue and mouth, the pain he is trying to endure is incomparable to it. On Pumpkin Cheesecake for One, he used the juxtaposition on his poem in making a pumpkin cheesecake. He carefully described love through the usage of the main ingredients of this sweet dessert that even if you will only use half of each ingredient, you will still get to have a whole result. While both his poem “Monkey Know What Tree to Climb” and Jumping Bean were an eye opener, a gate like passage wherein consciousness is more awake and aware.

This is The Red Door is a love story about ordinary love that can only be made special and unique from those who are willing to let it reside in their hearts and unafraid of whatever will be the outcome. Mr. James R. Whitley’s poetry collection will make you feel the “hot pink” part of love.

To know more about the author and more of his works, visit his website at

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Goddess of Goodbye (Book Review)

The Goddess of Goodbye
By James R. Whitley
Published by Word Press
ISBN 9781934999707


Mr. James Whitley’s The Goddess of Goodbye once again proved that death is nothing but a sweet slumber. By reading his poems you can actually feel death breathing on your face with its scent so delicious you could actually taste it on your lips. I felt so deeply moved in Let There Be A Purple Heaven and Covet Not the Flame Her Bright Feathers, you could really feel the pain and longing of the person speaking.

The Goddess of Goodbye is a collection of poem that will open up your soul to the full extent of its consciousness that death is not the end for the person who is dying or for the people who will be left behind but rather a new start, a new beginning of another novel like life. Mr. Whitley’s poems are like sonata lingering in the cold winter night. It will touch the deepest part of your heart and will reconcile with your soul. he pictured his poems with words no one can ever do as it have more life you can actually hear his poems breath. His will echo inside your head and his poems will be your guide for a long, long time.

Mr. Whitley’s Goddess of Goodbye is just one of the best poetry books I’ve read. It is a kind of poetry book you will love to give to your loved ones. The Goddess of Goodbye is a kind of book you will not keep in your book shelves for a very long time as it will stay in your bed for the rest of your life.

To know more about this book and his other works, please feel free to check his website at

Friday, December 11, 2009


stillness of the mind
worries tucked beneath the bed
consciousness soars

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The 'cold ones' haiku

snow white skinned
in the dark winter night
are you an angel?

the cold ones
so deep, so mysterious
can you read my mind?