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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
In the Footsteps of Rumi…Modern Verse with a Whiff of the Master’s Fragrance was written by Rashid Osmani. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Rumi, lived in Persia during the 13th century. Rumi was known as a poet, theologian, and mystic. His spiritual legacy has lived on for centuries. Our author, Rashid Osmani, greatly admires Rumi and his poetry. He does not compare himself or his poetry to Rumi but feels that Rumi was his inspiration. The author is drawn to Rumi’s “way of thinking that inspired his poetry.” The poems in this book have been divided into four categories: Smile, Sigh, Nod, and Ponder. Each poem is followed by website comments. My favorite poem in the first section, Smile: was Tail’s Tale. The poem is cute and brought a smile to my face. The author compares the way a dog wags his tail when he’s happy to the way the narrator feels when he is around the one he loves; hence if the narrator had a tail, it would be wagging constantly when he is around the one he loves. I also liked the last poem in the Smile section: Disrobing. Disrobing refers to the intimacy of poetry. When writing a poem, the author exposes his innermost thoughts to others.
Rashid Osmani is a talented poet. His words are inspiring, interesting, and easy to understand. I wish he had dedicated his book to more of his poetry and left out the website comments. They were not needed and distracted from his art. I look forward to delving into more poetry by this author.