Thursday, 16 August 2018

Syllables of Rain by D.S. Lliteras



Background photo via:  homestratosphere.com


'our souls are
invisible
yet, wrapped
in thin paper'

The themes of 'what are we searching for?' and 'what is the point of anything?' are the two main focus of this unique novelette that keeps the reader wanting to read on to find out more of the lives of two Vietnam veterans who meet up again, only to find new problems that beset one and edge the other to stay around a little while longer to 'resolve the issue'.

Except, the past experience of the one who is persistently troubled by what happened to him in the war, makes it difficult for the 'returned' friend to find a solution.

A very poignant tale with poetic overtones that deepens the reflections the readers are faced with:
The meaning of our existence and beyond.

The author successfully combines poetic verses at the end of each chapter with the 'drama' of reality, to make the reader reflect on the key points mentioned, so that the reader comes away thinking of their own lives and how close ones are an important aspect regardless of past experiences.

ie. There are going to be sad and traumatic moments that we are going to go through but that the reality is, whether we believe in God or not, life has to go on despite the pain and sufferings we feel.

As a Poet (published in poetry magazines), I like the combination of prose with poetry which works extremely well in this context as it is about life and sadness of it all with no definite answers but that it continues regardless.

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