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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co. (2017)
ISBN 9781946540560
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (01/18)

“A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a compilation of poems in different forms. I have seen and loved the author’s work in children rhymes, so was eager to explore this new side of Sherrill Cannon’s writing.

The content of this book reflects feelings which we all might have encountered on different occasions and within different stage of our lives. Cannon organized her poems in three major groups that encases feelings of ‘Heads – Love and Friendship,’ ‘Spinning – Of Related Emotions,’ and ‘Tails – of Heartache and Anguish.’ At the same time it represents the flight of a tossed penny.

In my opinion the tossed penny represents the randomness of our feelings in a life time. I found all forms of verse, sonnets and play words awesome, and truly loved her rhymes. The messages within her words were not only deep; they are so relatable to anyone. Although I can’t really pick a favorite as I loved all of them, there was one that touched me to my core. I quote it below as I believe it to be the perfect example of the author’s skill of expressing complex deep messages, while making them feel natural, harmonious and simple:

‘OLD WOMAN

Life sketches echoes of the past

Across her face: lines around her eyes

And mouth, furrows on her forehead – cast

In permanent parchment. The creases so disguise

The woman still inside, no one can see

The little child or lovely maid within.

The mind that looks on life so eagerly

Is hidden by the wrinkles of the skin.

For what is youth, but just a state of mind –

A way to look on life – to stay aware?

And who can say what love that one could find,

If one could know the person hidden there;

The youthful laughing girl who lives inside…

And cannot understand why she’s denied.’

Overall, “A Penny for Your Thoughts” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a remarkable, inspiring compilation of thoughts and poems which will captivate all type of readers as they relate deeply with the simple life messages and heartfelt feelings shared by the author. It is a five star little book that will touch the person within, and one I will surely re-visit and share over and over again.

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