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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
My Branch of Life by Margaret Joeline Brinson is a heartwarming collection of poems that contain moments that are nostalgic and enlightening. The collection is divided into four parts: reflections, love, perceptions, and wisdom. In the first section, reflections, the work opens with “The Magic of Living,” a poem about enjoying the simple pleasures of life like soaking in the rain and enjoying the warmth of the sun while growing through life’s experiences. In the second section, love, the poem “Finding Love” offers glimpses into the author’s process of finding love at the right time. Eventually, the narrator finds fulfillment in singlehood until the right person comes along. The poems in the third section, titled perceptions, include the narrator’s journey of finding herself while the last section, wisdom, offers eye-opening lessons.
Margaret Joeline Brinson’s My Branch of Life is filled with beauty and wisdom told through elegant verses that explore the author’s life experiences. While the poems transport one to enthralling moments, the narrator acknowledges the difficult and, many times, painful moments of life. She chooses to focus on the hidden magical moments that are also present. The division of the collection into four parts makes it easy to navigate through the book while abstract themes of love and wisdom hold the four parts together. The narrator’s candidness about their challenges and mistakes makes the work relatable. This is enhanced by the friendly tone used in narrating. My Branch of Life by Margaret Joeline Brinson is a delightful collection that inspires through the many insightful lessons it contains.