Review – Ponder Awhile

Ponder Awhile – Enlightened Sailor turned Poet

Rating: 3 of 5
Author: Mohit Misra

Available: Paperback, Kindle

In 2003, while sailing in the Atlantic ocean, merchant sailor Mohit Misra had a moment of enlightenment.  So much so, the previously confirmed atheist gave up his career to begin writing and convey his thoughts through couplets/dohas.  The result is a collection of poems found in Ponder Awhile.

Honestly, poetry is not my typical reading genre; readers of this review should keep that in mind.  I found some of Mohit’s offerings did cause me to ponder awhile.  Those dealing with religion, governments, and being one people without prejudice were the more powerful offerings.  To me poetry, like any good novel, movie, or art, causes one to reflect, take notice and delve a little deeper into the human condition.  A few of these poems did just that for me.

The remainder of the book is filled with some other creative though simple poems of everyday life which did not stay with me as much.  The poems about women seemed somewhat superficial but perhaps this was purposely done by the author to convey the emotions and reactions he was having were also superficial yet powerful, consuming, fleeting, and sometimes confusing.

Overall, an eclectic selection of  poems.

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