Poems of Petals, Poodles and Prayers

Poems by Ivy Berry - compiled and Illustrated by Chris J Berry

by Ivy Berry



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/31/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781438938356
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 88
ISBN : 9781452089799

About the Book

This small book of poems was written by my mother, and dates back from the early to mid years of her life. Undoubtedly, scholars in the art of poetry may consider them as sweet, but not classical? more traditional in style. There is a long history attached to them that is reflected in their themes. During those days, it was generally understood that the woman of the household managed the affairs of the home; earning a little money where she could to help feed the family. In my parents’ case, like so many in that time, it placed intolerable pressures on them. My mother gained a lot of relief in writing her poetry. When I read some of her fantasies, I sense how she longs to step into the environments she creates, and get away from the drudgery in life. With Father working long hours, she emulates her pets in her writing as real companions, and finally, as a respite from her loneliness, turns to religion for a little comfort.

About the Author

Ivy Berry was the youngest of seven daughters, and lovingly cherished by her elder sisters. She was particularly close to a younger brother who was tragically killed on the beaches of Anzio during The Second World War. Included in her book, there is a poem written by him while on the troop-carrier, and one she wrote in response. One cannot help but speculate on where their talents could have led them, had he lived. Sincere in her beliefs, and love of animals, she maps her way through life and bequeaths to her family, this modest, poetic record of events that touched her life.