When writing a book, a writer gets many words, spaces, paragraphs and pages to express their stories and be able to make an impact on their reader. But as poets, they get very limited words to express their true emotions. And to be able to punch a reader in the guts with a sorrow they never knew existed is a talent only a few very talented poets can achieve.
Today I can proudly say that I found one. Sayo Juba. You’re One of Them clicked my heart from the very first page, I felt happy, sad and angry at the world within a span of an hour and yet, I couldn’t have been happier with the book.
This short yet heart touching poetry book walked me through the random characters’ childhoods, their happiness, heart breaks, grief and their loss of a friend who no longer bothers to remember them.
This book gets a full 5/5 stars from me.
“The most difficult thing in life
Is to stare at a stranger
While he has your attention
The sweetheart thing in life
Is to stare at your lover
While he has your attention” - Sayo Juba, You’re One of Them
A suicidal former platoon sergeant, sole survivor of a Vietnam War jungle ambush, is haunted by what he perceives as his cowardly past. Debilitated by guilt and mourning the death of his wife, small town newspaper publisher Stan Przewalski lives in a PTSD-fueled world where it is impossible to distinguish reality from fantasy.
Returning from a Vietnam sightseeing tour, his suppressed memories resurface with a vengeance as he deals with a murder and a raging wildfire that threatens to destroy his hometown of Bull River Falls, Colorado. The overly medicated vet meets a magical creature who wears paratrooper boots and rock band tee shirts and commands a subterranean army that believes Stan is the answer to their fight against unscrupulous real estate developers.
While they sabotage cell phone towers and government buildings, these supernatural friends provide an unlikely and outrageous path to Stan’s redemption.
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