April’s parents had a clear vision
when naming “April Joy.”
April, a Spring month in which
flowers bloom and bring inspiration.
Joy, feelings of happiness and love.
Her first book of poems, The Garden Path to My Heart: Finding Inner Peace through Haiku, was published in January 2020, and is available on Amazon. The second one, The Garden Path to My Heart: Finding Inner Light through Poetry, was published in October 2020 and is also available on Amazon.
Then she discovered the ancient Japanese poetry form called “tanka.” Her first tanka poem was written shortly after a meditation in which she saw herself sitting on the bank of a river with a brown bear. There was balance between them. Fear did not exist, only unconditional love.
In her third volume of poems, there are three sections: Spirit, Earth and Love. Each section is in memory of someone dear to her who left our world too soon. She went deep within her soul and found inner balance through poetry, mindfulness, and meditation. She fully embraced her connection with Japanese poetry, the samurai warrior, and our planet Earth. Her third volume for this book series, Poemagery, Finding Inner Balance through Poems and Images, published in February 2021.
What particularly lifts my heart in these pages is April’s grounding in the natural world. She feels deeply the emotional connection between herself and the existence of other living beings and the beautiful, breathtaking environment in which we are all embedded.