Book: Heartfelt by Shirley Ford
categories: Book, Grandchildren, Grandparents, Family, Divorce, Feelings, Rhyming, Conflict, Loss, Poetry and Anecdotes
Shirley Ford about this book: Heartfelt is a small book of poetry and anecdotes. The poetry rhymes, which is considered old fashioned these days, but I find the rhythm soothing and full of expression. This book is really about two of my grandsons. Our whole family lost contact with them nearly nine years ago, through the acrimonious divorce of my son and daughter-in-law. I found the first few years especially difficult to cope with and found solace in writing my feelings down in the form of poetry. Things I wanted to say face to face, but was unable to. When people found out I was publishing the poetry, I was accused of self-indulgence, but don't see it in that way. I see it as more of a way of showing other people in similar situations, that they are not alone.
There are thousands of grandparents and grandchildren in this country (Britain) alone, denied contact with each other and no-one cares.
The title Heartfelt came about, because that is what the poetry is, and is written from the heart. The cover is adapted from a photo I took in a National Trust property. The path is symbolic of the path I am taking towards a future that will have my grandchildren in it again. I live in hope.
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