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Author Stacie Morrell's optimistic, whimsical poetry in her book, “Grey Today, But That's Ok


"Grey Today, But That's Okay" by Author Stacie Morrell, split into three separate categories, Fact; Feeling & Faith and Fantasy, defines the authors optimistic and practical outlook on life, displays her whimsical, witty imagination, and mirrors the multiple layers of her inner self.

Some poems in the collection are personal and place the author directly in the limelight, while others implement magical realism, focusing specifically on places, people, objects and things.

The poem "Writing By Flashlight" metaphorically expresses her irresistible urge and desire to write by all means, even if it means in the middle of the night! She intrigues us in the second half of this poem by building character through physical image and appearance saying,

"Statuesque, the blue-green lady, wearing lichen and ivy, with ballroom elegance, waits among roses, for the fullness of time to pass," incorporating fantastic and mythical descriptions (such as “blue-green lady,” and "wearing lichen and ivy”) into a fathomable, realistic interpretation.

Continuing, Morrell’s work also testifies to the some of the heart aching pangs of parenting in the timeless, nostalgic poem "Mother." Dedicated to her own mom, she uses clear, free-flowing verses to express how much she appreciates all her mother went through in raising her, even more, now that she finds herself facing some of the same challenges her mother did, like raising a hormonal teenage daughter!

Emotional and empathetic, this earnest mother-daughter ensemble is a bright banner of thankfulness and speaks sincerely with respect, admiration and gratitude. And though it focuses on the theme of 'mom and daughter,' we believe many parents, both men and women, can inevitably relate to this one and value the fact that Morrell is bold enough to use her own history, background and experience.

The author inspires in the poem "Lost in the Labyrinth," which pulls us in with the suggestive title, almost ominous until you begin to read the poem. With a modest and harmonious quality, her words call for unity and peace for all people, and she isn’t afraid to involve herself, as she says "I'm gonna stand right here, will not give into fear," and then leads into "We must arrive to stay alive... let's put away all the gray..."

This combination of singular and plural forms helps the message in the poem to be interpreted as universal and unbiassed. In the end, despite being lost, hope, faith and clear-mindedness paint a powerful vision of a brighter, sanctified day. Her natural, positive light is infectious!

Stacie's enchanting charisma is soft and dreamy, often acknowledging both sorrow and joy such as in the poem "Singing Through the Atmosphere." Her faith in the Lord God and Jesus Christ shines more brilliant than gold in the spiritual poetic mantra "Dust On Christ," written as a beautiful ode to the Savior of the world.

Contrary to many traditional fairytale ideals and standards, fanciful, heroic endings aren't at all promised in poems such as "They All Lived Realistically Ever After," and "The Beast Hidden in Beauty." Looking beyond the surface, these types of poems capture life's imperfections and are crafted with ironic unpredictable twists that reveal conflict, adversity and truth.

We're glad to present this book with a 5-star rating, finding the enticing mixture of fantasy, life and spirit superbly fulfilling!

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