"A simple kiss—you think the world shines
A simple hug—you think someone cares
A simple embrace—you think that is love
But you will soon learn how tough love can be."
While readers will find their own favorite poems that resonate with them, ultimately, all of these poems are a reminder that life is a journey filled with meaning when we look for that meaning. We might find meaning in a sunset or a snowy day, but we also might find it in what Brian calls the “Potholes of Life”: “You have to make the mistakes to learn and move on/ And you must learn to sidestep the potholes of life.”
He reminds us that we are all searching and trying to find meaning and inspiration in ordinary lives; in “Life Skills,” he writes, “To those who have been able to carve out a solid life/ Do not forget where you came from and how you did it.” Brian is a firm believer that, ultimately, good results in life, and because we learn from our difficulties, he asks readers to share what they have learned with others who are struggling. For that very reason, Brian writes his own poems, hoping to give inspiration and hope to others.
As Brian reminds us in the title poem, “It is amazing where inspiration comes from/ An old, barren highway in the early morning/A single tree standing in the meadow grove.” Readers will find magic in their ordinary lives when they look for it, and Brian’s poems may help to point them in the right direction to finding that magic.
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