A kind word or comment would be quite helpful, and I do hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as I do to be able to share it with you. What follows is from the Preface of my book.
It is a great source of joy to be able to see a goal
achieved. I have wrestled with this body of work
for years… just like Jacob wrestling with the angel.
There were days I felt like giving up… that I couldn’t
and shouldn’t complete this particular undertaking…
and the spirit within me would not let it rest. I’m glad
my hands were guided to face what my lips promised
God years earlier… this would be my first fruits, as
a poet, dedicated to Him.
Ihope you’ll find inspiration in these writings and
read with an open mind… reflecting on the altruism’s
of the spirit… intrinsic to each and every one of us.
It is my version of a cornucopia… a paletteof many
colors and flavors to sample, providing the feast from
two fish and a loaf of bread… comfort in a time peace
can feel so elusive and yet desperately needed. I would
like to thank everyone for their input and patience.
I thank you… from the heart,
Russell D. Holder
Via con Dios
and this one from within… see below.
“a mustard seed”
I’ll give up not my morning,
I’ll surrender not my day,
I’ll relinquish not an evening
for what mankind will say,
I’ll retreat not by an inch,
I’ll forfeit not a mile,
I’ll withdraw not a single step
and strive to wear a smile,
I’ll take back not an oath,
I’ll revoke not on a promise,
I’ll reverse not on the word
when people act dishonest,
I’ll yield not to prattle,
I’ll concede not for some lies,
I’ll lose not due to gossip
or truth that’s in their eyes,
I’ll retire not in darkness,
I’ll fall not down in doubt,
I’ll sow not indecision
so man can run about,
I’ll return not any jealousy,
I’ll respond not free with greed,
I’ll forgive not myself if I don’t
plant a mustard seed.
This is a guest comment from a friend in Scotland, see below…
“Russell’s writing has a vibrant immediacy that truly
captures the reader’s imagination coupled with the
unique ability to activate the reader’s own thinking
processes to stimulate theory, outlook and idea.
He has the true talent of all great artists to paint
pictures in your head as he deftly uses words like
brushes to cover the canvas of his ideas and beliefs.”
I was waiting for a guest comment… to come from a
dear friend of mine in Scotland. As soon as I got the
comment above, I was deeply humbled by her graciously
kind words… as I respect her as one of my peers, being
a poetess, as well as a darn fine photographer… taking
most of her shots from around the Isle on which she lives.
She reminds me of “a Scottish Ansel Adams.” See if you
don’t agree with me! You can find her work on red bubble
(www.redbubble.com)… just enter her name, on the top
right, once you get to the Home page for the website…
Jenifer Whyte. By the way, you can find me there also,
that is how I met my dear friend… whom I owe a deep
debt of gratitude to for her kindness shown. Thank
Russell D. Holder
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