Poems from the Rocky Mountains is about situations people experience in their environment as they happen and at different times, using poetic language and imagery. This is not a run-of-the-mill-poetry book; neither will it make me famous. I was told that to be a famous poet, the poet has to be six feet under first, and at my age, I don’t want to be famous at all.
The book is the result of training and experience as an immigrant, adopting the language, the way of life, and the way of thinking in my adopted country for the last sixty-eight years, never forgetting that English is my daily means of communication. In order to believe the above statement, you have to read my book.
I bring the flow of my Indian/Hispanic heritage and sensitivity to the American poetic stream, which produces out of the two factors, the oneness that makes Poems from the Rocky Mountains a unique book. This is why most of the topics in it are as American as baseball and apple pie, but spiced with tropical flavor: goal achievement, the Rocky Mountain landscape, the Old West tradition, patriotism, geographical wonders, personal, family and social problems, abstract and humorous poetry, the tropical landscape, international, romantic, lyrical, child-appropriate, rhymed and metered styles and elegies.
Almost everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one has also experienced seemingly endless quiet moments—moments when it seems you cannot see past today and moments when tomorrow, as you knew it, seems nonexistent. In these moments, all thoughts rush back into memory—memory so vivid it seems impossible to grasp that the person lost is truly gone from your life. Quiet Moments allows the reader to reflect on living and dying as two inevitable facts. It encourages the reader to believe and trust in God’s power to begin healing and restore wholeness.
The topics in this book address subjects that youth may deal with on a regular basis. It is presented in poetry form to ease some of the sensitivity, hurt, pain, frustration, and irritation of the subject matter. However, the issues are to be taken very seriously. Our youth matter and we want the circumstances to be addressed and dealt with, and broken hearts healed so they can move on with their life’s purpose.
Consider a single catalyst that causes an unimaginable reaction. It is one that provides love, comfort and care without borders or guidelines. Imagine, believe and accept the possibilities. It is Simply Because.
These poems encompass observations of life’s many facets—the incomprehensible, the beautiful, the curious, the humorous, the unjust, the delightful, the sad, the right, and the wrong.
God created us, no two alike. We are the evidence that He loves variety. So do I; that word best describes my writing.
Life is full of adventure, there’s one trial after the other. And should you say that it is boring, then why is that? Grab the bull, which are your situations in life, by the horns and ride it out in a godly manner. You might fall off one time or another, but it’s okay. Remember we are only passing through. Let your request be made known unto God, trust in him. You be in charge of your destination! Yes! We have our ups and downs in life, let us live it in Christ. We experience something new daily, a chance to make or change history. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. So tell me! What are you going to do?
Today we are experiencing much environmental and natural turbulence--hurricanes, tornadoes, raging fires, as well as political upheavals in the world. Our whole beings cry out for peace. Throughout the ages, poetry has served as a calming and rallying influence during life’s turmoil.
The poems in Under His Wings illustrate that God is our refuge, and these truths are revealed:
A spirit-filled life is infinitely rich. Hope as a beacon of light propels all people to Liberty. Only Love can bring Peace to one and all.
“God is love” (John 4:8b).
Dianna Morris was reared in a small town called Edgard, about forty miles outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. The youngest of her four siblings, Dianna graduated from Second Ward High School and attended Meadows Draughon Business College. Having given birth to a son and a daughter, Dianna is now divorced. In addition to her two children, Dianna reared her nephew, who she also considers her son. Being very family-oriented, Dianna’s first love is for God. Although often misunderstood, her love for family is undying. Certain issues in life she cannot change; she has to accept and tries not to lean to her own understanding. The key to her life is forgiveness. Her belief is forgiveness does not mean you are right or wrong, but just letting go with love. For Every Tear was inspired because of the trials she endured and overcame. She was always blessed with the gift of writing, but she only wrote when it was to her advantage. She strongly believes that God put her in a place where she had never been before. Then and only then she understood why and what she was going through. She swallowed her pride and wrote about everything she went through, the good and the not so good. For Every Tear was written to capture the attention of all audiences. The material in her book is also written for her to grow. She is not all that her book consists of, but believes one day she will come close. Dianna tried to capture every emotion that anyone may go through. She is thanking God every day for choosing her to suffer and being a testimony.
A full range of human emotion and experience is captured beautifully and poignantly in L.L. Culpepper’s debut book of poetry A Surrendered Soul, Like Water. As a writer, Culpepper uses her words to bring meaningful expression to the often indescribable ruminations of the heart and to the hardships we encounter along life’s journey. And whether she is mining the depths of despair, reminding us of the fragility of life, or speaking of surrender and salvation, she does so with the utmost sensitivity, using her carefully chosen words to bring clarity and comfort. The scriptures that accompany many of the poems provide a spiritual context to the poet’s contemplations, and offer a hopeful perspective on how God works patiently through our struggles, confusion, hurts, fears, and even failures to create purpose and new beginnings. In A Surrendered Soul, Like Water Culpepper has accomplished the aim of many poets and artists: to express deeply personal thoughts and experiences in a universal way that reaches other human beings. It’s the kind of poetry you will find yourself returning to repeatedly, sharing with others, and relating to in new and profound ways at various seasons of your life. – Allison Malafronte, editor