Rating: 4 stars
ISBN (Paperback) 978-0-9949312-0-7
ISBN (eBook) 978-0-9949312-1-4
File Size: 6.4 MB
Moon Above My World by Alan Fleming is a collection of 144 poems. The themes of the poems include lost love, aging, the Camino de Santiago, the seasons. For me, the poems about lost love are hard to read—the emotions are raw and leave me feeling the writer’s pain. For this reason, I could only read a few poems at a time before reaching sensory overload. To be able to touch the reader this deeply by words is a skill I would like to achieve as a writer.
Through the love poems, we see the poet transition from loss to self-discovery and hope. Some of the poems are light and risqué. These made me chuckle and I was thankful to Mr. Fleming for the levity. There is a spirituality that resonates throughout the poems.
I was delighted to see Moon Above My World dedicated to the operators of albergues, the pilgrim hostels along the way of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For many pilgrims, these kind people provided not only an evening’s sanctuary but compassion, kindness, and generosity of spirit. Without them, a lot of joy would be missing from the Camino. Mr. Fleming writes: “I feel love for the greatness each albergue provides in keeping journey moving forward.”
The twelve Camino poems are, to me, the backbone of the book, providing structure for the various themes, and keeping the book “moving forward.” It matters not if the reader has walked the Camino to understand these poems, they are metaphors for life’s journey.
The first Camino poem “Yellow Arrows” introduces the themes of seasons, the idea of moving forward towards one final destination, and the arrows showing us the way.
“Inside Spiritual Journey” talks about finding “a part of me I had not known” and being changed forever by the discovery.
“Another Stone has Stayed” is about the poet’s second journey on the Camino—this time, to get acquainted with his inner self. Pilgrims on the Camino carry a stone to deposit at the base of the Iron Cross as a symbol of leaving behind a burden.
each time I leave behind a little of myself,
each time returning home a different man.
The poem “I Am The Soul beside Me” reminded me of walking the Camino with my shadow. Loving the solitude and learning to be your own best friend are two great lessons for anyone.
“Third Time in Heaven” is about Mr. Fleming’s third Camino and how he returns to find himself and heal his heart. In “Dragonfly in Spain” he finds a “Safe passageway to a spiritual world within.” There is something for everyone in the remaining Camino poems.
I don’t usually review the cover, but this is an exception. This brightly colored cover has eye-appeal, lots of it. The individual components symbolize much of the interior content. The bright and lifting colors indicate hope, strength, and adventure.