My Branch of Life


Poetry - Inspirational
50 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2019
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Author Biography

Margaret J. Brinson, one of ten children, was born and raised in North Carolina. After serving her country in the military, she moved to Washington, DC, and served in the government for several years before marrying and moving to New York with her husband. She has traveled extensively, both within the United States and overseas. Her love of sports has taken her to numerous Olympic games. She and her husband have now retired and split their time enjoying the warmth of their Florida home as well as their timeshare in Aruba.

This book of poetry is about life; poems about me. We go through so much each day and from year to year that it can be exhausting; we are forever in search of who we are as we find our way on earth. We may not know who to turn to, what to do or how to live, but our destiny paves the path.

My thoughts and the need to write them down began while I watched a tennis match. Maybe it was the quickness of the players as they moved around the court that lit a spark for me. I am in my fast lane; time is rushing pass me. All I know is that the spark caused me to reflect about my life. I realized that I am still in search of me. More than likely, this will be the case for the rest of my life.

    Book Review

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.

Selena McArthur

I hope Margaret J. Brinson will continue writing. I read a little at a time in the morning hours. Such beautiful writing.

I was drawn to the cover of book . The big old tree with the meandering branches has indeed a lot of stories to tell.

Love .Love, Love this book of poems.

Phoebe Nastase

As I read this book of poetry with every page I turned, I found myself embracing aging more and more. I’ll be 55 in less than 2 weeks and at times I become devastated not looking even 35 anymore. The extra weight that’s hard to get off, the grey hair coming in faster, the body aches and pains!...... Ugh!
However, every wrinkle and sun spot I see is because I am my mother’s child and my grand parent’s child. I found a new courage! Looking in the mirror and being proud of my heritage. ( Chapter: Beauty in the Mirror) With this author’s help I choose to adapt gracefully with only minor kicking and screaming! Lol!