What a treat it was to hold the slim volume entitled In the Garden of Life and Death: A Mother and Daughter Walk, Poems by Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak, published by Main Street Rag, Charlotte, NC.
I would pick up the book, read one poem, savor it, and then put the book down. I soon found the Lays potato chip commercial to be true: “No one can eat just one.”
I took the book with me wherever I went, instead of a mystery or suspense thriller, dipping into it whenever I had a moment to read. I wore sunglasses in case someone sitting in the car parked beside me should notice tears on my cheeks.
I have known Kimberlyn Blum-Hyclak “Kim” for a number of years. I have always found Kim’s poetry to be wonderful, chockfull with images that are clear and yet form connections in unique and original ways. Her experiences touch the emotions in a healthy way. With a touch of humor and a lot of faith, she describes what it is like for a family to work through difficult and trying times.
For any mother, for any daughter, for anyone who has watched a loved one battle cancer, this book, In the Garden of Life and Death, is a must-read.