Monday, 30 April, 2007 4:32 PM
Springtime's Promise of Renewal
Isn't Comforting for Everyone
a healing hurt with “Thoughts Pressed Between Pages”
Spring is in the air…
and with it comes the promise of renewal. As skeletal trees begin
to unfurl their budding leaves and the first glimmers of green return
to the dormant winter landscape, Mother Nature reminds us that indeed,
there is a season for everything. Many people recognize the first
signs of life in springtime as a time for starting anew. But for
the millions of Americans who are dealing with a divorce, springtime
can feel like a cruel reminder that while they’re still nursing
a wounded heart, life moves forward, often in colorful pageantry.
Anyone who’s ever been in love knows that romance is a double-edged
sword. The giddiness of falling in love is often doused in melancholy
when life’s daily struggles start chipping away at romance.
The stress and hectic pace of everyday living can overwhelm a blossoming
relationship according to author and poet Jesse M. Arzate. “We
live in an era of harsh immediacy; we’ve been groomed to expect
instant gratification in all aspects of our lives,” says Arzate.
“That includes love and heartbreak as well. When a relationship
ends, we expect ourselves to ‘get over it’ quickly because
that’s what society dictates. But I just don’t believe
the human soul is designed to simply cast emotions aside at a supersonic
The belief that we should learn to savor our emotions and explore
the depths of our love is the impetus behind Thoughts Pressed Between
Pages, a compilation of Arzate’s poetry. The poems capture
the paradoxes of human emotion; intoxicating love and devastating
heartache; exquisite happiness and blinding grief. Arzate’s
words evoke powerful imagery to remind us that while a relationship
can be fleeting, love’s impact can be long-lasting and the
aftermath of a breakup can leave indelible marks on our soul.
Arzate wrote the poetry during what he considers ‘two of the
most significant years’ of his life. He hopes others who are
suffering the sting of unrequited love or muddling through the emptiness
of a lost love will read Thoughts Pressed Between Pages and see
that they are not alone in a sea of whirling emotions, and that
it does take time for feelings and hearts to heal. “There’s
nothing wrong with taking the time to reflect upon a relationship
when it ends,” says Arzate. “If you’ve been married
to someone for five years and the marriage ends in divorce, does
it even seem logical that your heart would instantly forget that
person? You can’t deny the love you had or the hurt you feel
because that won’t really heal your heart.”
Arzate characterizes Thoughts Pressed Between Pages as an antidote
to a culture that is mostly marked by vulgarity. As a father, he
dreams of buffering that coarse roughness and he hopes his poetry
will inspire others through the beauty of the verses. In many of
his poems, Arzate expresses a love that is not limited to earthly
confines and thus rejoices in the miracle of life. A love that all
can appreciate; whether they are rejoicing in the arrival of spring
or healing their emotions on a timetable that doesn’t follow
the change of seasons.
Pressed Between Pages
By Jesse M. Arzate
47 pp., Paperback $8.95 US
Vantage Press, Inc. 2007
Available at www.amazon.com
Arzate has had a lifelong love for poetry. As a child, he grew up
in a migrant family. Now a father himself, much of his poetry has
focused on the mother of his children. Jesse continues to write
creatively from his home in California.
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