Poetry is such a personal voyage for both the author and the reader. In this short, reflective collection, via wisdom and words, Hurdle has crafted a magnificent gift that is sure to touch the hearts of all readers. Although I enjoyed all the poems in this collection, the poem that resonated most deeply is the final poem titled Life’s Symphony. A brilliant end to this collection with a celebratory message of hope and strength as we all journey through life’s mystifying, magnificent beauty.
Reviews of Songs of Heartstrings
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
“Nature has a great capacity for healing and surviving devastating destruction.”
“When the night is nigh he starts his day. Spins his web again, again. Again!”
Miriam organizes her poetry into categories like Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, and more. Each category includes a multitude of poems. For example, under Songs of Challenge, the poems include Heart’s Desire, Roses, Mortal, Dancing, Stories, and Autumn. Here’s one of my favorites:
“Serendipity It was serendipity we met. Summer had not started yet, it was the final week of school. I went to this group of people who met at a home. We chatted, we snacked. You asked what I did for fun, I smiled, didn’t answer the question, then flexed the arms to show my muscles; under your shirt were bigger muscles. You looked at me with a smile, you worked out also for quite a while. The whole night, I didn’t see other guys’ faces, you occupied my entire mind’s spaces.”
I read this one to husband. His response: “This is life changing verse.”
So grab a copy and read it slowly every time you need recentering.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
The organization of her book was fluid to read in following the different stages of her life. Her introduction works as a perfect guide for the reader. Her poems ranged in topics from hope, failure, pain, heartbreak, reflections about family and nature, and some lighthearted ones about animals. My only regret is that I didn’t check out my order in color. Miriam told me about this beforehand, but I didn’t look into it too much. From the black and white pictures I could tell they would be beautiful in color. Thanks Miriam for rekindling my interest in reading poetry!
Reviewed in the United States on June 13, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2020
Reviewed in Canada on February 8, 2020
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Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
I’ve never had much aptitude for writing poetry, and it is not something that I usually read, but Miriam Hurdle’s Songs of Heartstrings touched me. Hurdle shares significant moments in her life through this collection of works. She divides her book into eight songs (sections). It was as if I were a part of Hurdle’s life as she shared powerful pieces demonstrating her faith, rocky first marriage, battles with melanoma cancer, finding her soulmate, and the premature birth of her daughter.
The group of songs that moved me the most were her songs of tribute. This section was more like short stories instead of poems, but they were so moving. She pays homage to her mother and father, who battled separate health issues. Miriam’s recollections of her husband’s best friend, Randy, were so touching, and I felt empathy when her husband, who never cries, sheds tears of pain for his friend’s passing.
Not only did I enjoy this varied collection of poetic styles, but I also enjoyed Hurdle’s photography and quotes from other poets/writers that introduced each group of songs. After reading Songs of Heartstrings, I will be more open-minded to other works of poetry.
Reviewed in the United States on October 20, 2019
I was gifted Miriam’s book during a particularly tough season of life, with my tiny baby in the NICU. Slowly reading through Miriam’s poetry brought peace and calmness to my heart. Her wisdom, faith, hope, and inspiration comes through in each poem.
Given the season of life I was in, I found myself going back to the poem “ Beautiful Tiny Baby” over and over. Knowing the wonderful woman of faith that Miriam’s beautiful tiny baby has grown into not only brought me an amazing comfort that I am grateful for but also reminded me that Miriam’s faith and hope are intimately woven into her – inspiring me to do the same for mine each day.
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
I wish I could understand the mind of a poet! These were a collection of poems that left me very unsure of what I should think or how I should think. I could only understand and follow the stories of the narrative poems, but all the rest needed the mind of a poet, which I don’t have, for me to understand them.
Poets have a way of telling a long story, short. Some of these were so short I couldn’t wrap my mind around it. This is not to say that these were not great poems. I’m not a poet, that’s why.
Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2019
Miriam Hurdle has used the best inspiration possible: her life, to create a stunning set of work that can be consumed in one sitting or even dipped into as and when you feel you need a lift.
My personal favorite… Let Go…
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2019
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
Songs of Heartstrings by Miriam Hurdle is a lovely collection of freestyle poetry written from the heart.
The book is divided into nine sections of songs that cover much of what the author has gone through in life, from getting married and giving birth, to losing a parent and surviving cancer. Reading this book felt very intimate at times because it seemed the author’s heart and soul went into writing it. At the start of each section the author shares quotes which I liked. I also enjoyed the photographs and drawings that she shared with some of the poems.
I had many favorite poems but “Mom and Dad” are at the top of my list. I loved it because it reminded me so much of my own parents.
A wonderful poetry book by Miriam Hurdle.
Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2019
Reviewed in India on March 16, 2019
That’s when I got the kindle version of this beautiful poetry book by Miriam Hurdle. And I started living in the wonderful poems. They are simple, they are passionate, powerful and emotional all at once.
This is a new experience for me. And I am simply in love with this book.
The book of Poetry is a collection of a number of poems arranged under nine beautiful themes.
As I mentioned, I had the mindset of that poetry lover who gets thrilled with the high profile assembly of words, when I started reading. That is I don’t really understand the poet’s mind, but I am willing to accept it as great poetry for that reason.
Reading the poems in the book ‘SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS- POEMS OF GRATITUDE AND BEATITUDE’ changed it all. Right from the first one to the last, I could get myself associated with poetess and poetry.
That’s quite a revelation for me. For the first time, I enjoyed poetry by understanding it and following the poet’s mind.
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2019
Songs of Heartstrings is a collection of poems and essays featuring the vast array of life experiences by the author. Miriam Hurdle has encountered both the best and the worst of life through the death of her husband’s close friend, her own treatment for cancer, the birth of her daughter and the close relationship of her parents. Her wonderful joy in life and strong faith in her religion shine through in her poetry and give a lot of insight into her strong spirit and ability to stay positive despite the curve balls life has thrown her way.
This book also demonstrates Miriam’s love of nature and features poems about her garden, a hummingbird and even a spider. Her photographs and pictures are lovely and complement the prose.
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
“Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude” is a most enjoyable book of poetry. Told in the first person, Miriam Hurdle takes you along on her many journeys, in the ups and downs, of life. I particularly enjoyed the photos, placed before many of the poems. It brought me closer to what Miriam was relaying in her words.
My favorite poem is “Life’s Currents”. Here, the author reminds us we are never alone, no matter the hardships we might face in our time here on Earth. There is no doubt Miriam has a strong faith and relies on it for many of life’s obstacles.
The book is broken up into eight different sections, making it a very pleasant read. Miriam uses different styles of poetry, so you’re never just reading. She easily gets and keeps your attention throughout. If you are looking for a poetry book filled with inspiration and thought-provoking passages, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this to any and everyone, as I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude”.
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2018
Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude by Miriam Hurdle, a poetic memoir begins with the healing power of Mother Nature, expressing gratitude for the boundless blessings she showers on us. The poet seems to revel in the glory of her garden, blooming flowers, pouring rain, sprouting seeds, and hummingbirds, as she has written about each of them with passion.
Slowly she drifts into songs of dissonance that speak about tides of life, waves that threaten to drown but faith – the ultimate savior holds her firm, strengthens her self-confidence and endows her with the resilience to endure pain with grace. Songs of physical healing reiterate how much the human body can withstand if the mind focuses on hope. Darkness dispels with time and effort is the mute message that Miriam conveys through these songs.
Hurdle also shares her lovely moments of marriage and parenthood. ‘Rowing a Boat’ and ‘Candlelight’ glow with the brilliance of a loving relationship and Nostalgia captures her love for her parents. There are some poems, which would really touch the strings of your heart.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
As I woke this morning what came to my mind was Miriam Hurdle’s watercolor in the middle of her book introducing the “Songs of Parenthood” section. In the watercolor, you see the backs of a mother and her child walking away hand-in-hand. The peacefulness of those two summarizes my experience of this book: one woman, since there is always a perspective, and a world of others creating blessings as they walk together through life.
The next poem, “Beautiful Tiny Baby”, presents the story of the author risking her own life when offered an experimental drug that would give her premature baby a better chance to breathe upon birth. That decision focused the many willingly-taken risks involved in giving birth in one decisive moment of “Yes”.
That’s all I could ever want – that watercolor and that poem – for this book to be worth a favored place in my memory.
But there’s more. Here are two others, among many, worth mentioning for their memorable descriptions. In “Chill and Shiver” the author presents her helplessness while waiting for the manifestation of an expected side-effect of a drug. In “Loved and Missed” she describes a neighbor’s tears of guilt and grief at the tragic death of her pet.
Miriam Hurdle’s presentations of the world through poetry, photography, and art are beautiful gifts of awareness.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on December 1, 2018
“Songs of Heartstrings: Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude,” is a journey into the mind of a woman who has found her voice in this world through her poetry.
Hurdle splits the book into poetic songs categorized by Nature, Dissonance, Physical Healing, Marriage, Parenthood, Tribute, Reflection, Challenge, and Inspiration. These categories lead the reader on a path to understanding her life through times of joy and sorrow. Her photos and artwork are stunning and compliment her poetry.
For me, reading poetry is like walking beside the poet and stepping into their footsteps, connecting with their experiences in a deeper realm of being. Reading poetry is subjective, so I judge most poetry by how it invokes emotions within me and how it makes me reflect on my own human condition.
The poem, “Healing,” touched a deep chord within me. Yet, there were so many more connections I experienced.
I received this book as a gift from a dear friend. That’s the kind of book this is, one to be shared with others and to be reread many times.
Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
Reviewed in India on 25 November 2018
Miriam is a fine poetess who possesses talent to present her inner feelings in an artistic way. Poems should be read by all who want to learn about life and its ways. Beautiful pictures add the beauty to poems.
I love songs of love, marriage and parenthood most. A must read for almost all age groups.
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018