A Thousand Words of Poetry by Shelagh Watkins is simplistic observation at its best. The verses contained in this compilation are not flowery and will not have the effect of a lover whispering sweet-nothings in one's ear, but then, life is not a collection of what, and only what one wishes to hear. At first the verses may seem stark and lacking in the emotional connection one expects from poetic verse, however a reader is slowly and assuredly pulled in to the `matter of fact' stance of the simple everyday speech.
Topics are varied, ranging from peace and future to love and friendships. Each poem contained is highly relevant to life and all its ups and downs. Watkins has made the observations, lain the words to paper, and allows readers to walk serenely through daily life as a whisper within the author's mind. Loves, doubts, queries, and hopes all culminate within these pages.
Characters are various, nameless, and faceless, but still manage to stand plainly and clearly before readers as a link to his or her own inner observer. If it is true that a picture can say and thousand words, than it must also be said, that a Thousand Words of Poetry must convey a million or more images for each individual's life they touch. ...Mission accomplished.