Thrilled as well as stupefied! I have read this beautiful book, wherein I have encountered many an echo of abundant confined spirits to whom these perceptive whispers, by that sagacious lone spirit, were addressed. I read this slender volume and savored its poems line by line, and “I walked a thousand miles” in diverse realms be that love, life, beauty, spirituality, and the mysticism of death!
The exceptional mind behind these whispers is emboldening all desperate souls to embrace life regardless to the scars imprinted deep in the hidden turns of our psyches. Tentative ontological questions where embarked upon insightfully so each and every soul should embrace and declare ” Love I am and to love I return.” and ignore Psychic confusions inflicted upon us by our dense lives.
Just as the love and death poems were mystified so were the beauty poems even more beautified, with a shrewd start from “the eyes”-the windows to the soul, till beauty was culminated in its essence: the woman who is “lovelier than Love- the real beauty” and ” more beautiful than beauty” she is simply the “mother of creation” she is “a Woman” if you are to see beauty, then behold who sowed its seeds: the mother of creation!
A reader then would very smoothly embark on a journey of the mystic love of our lord the Almighty, only to discover that he/she “will remain a true, fervent and patriotic citizen of the city” of our lord -that beloved- whom since we “have fallen for Him the world has exalted us.” Then poems of the fascinating philosophized death ended that poetic endeavor that has given death a new rhetoric where it was looked at as a spiritual and indispensable journey-a transmigration that would complete our existence and add up to its imminent phase.
“Death in Winter” would give us a sense that we will essentially be on a very much anticipated outing; and how endearing, how pure and beautiful that journey (death) is, that we are all awaiting for it to reach our souls and gently cease our material being while submitting to the Almighty which after we should be “rooted, content, happy, relaxed” leaving our “Time Dunes” behind.
What can I say about this sensational poetic drive is way beyond me! For it is very inspiring, so much so that one would relate and believe that every bit of it was his/her own utterance!
This slim but profound volume of poems can be highly recommended for students to fathom the depths of the poet’s mystic mind on the core of life, love, beauty, spirituality and death. Researches should take a delight in unraveling the mind blowing imagery carved in these poems.
The poet, Humera Sultana has very meticulously culled the talent of Saudi artists to sketch pictures and design the cover page. The use of awesome pencil sketches to divide the poems into categories of love, life, beauty, spirituality and death is very novel and ingenious. The cover page captures the serenity of the title “Whispers of a Soul”.
Dr.Fatimah Abdullah Al-Otaibi
Asst. Professor of English language and literature,
College of Languages and Translation,
Al Imam Mohammad Bin Saud Islamic University.