RIVER OF LOVE
When like the sudden wind
on the ocean,
the tides of life washed me ashore-
you collected my heart among the remnants,
then breathed deeply
into all my quiet dreams.
O river of love,
streaming out from my soul-
how can I ever swim back to before?
I wondered as a child,
where did the wind go
after it passed me by,
how long will a star burn
before it dies,
where did the dawn wait- `
and will there ever be arms to hold me?
As I sat on the shore of midlife-
my spirit as tremendous
as the inexhaustible lake before me-
I felt my destiny afire,
ready to meet a world to come.
And I wondered, right then,
will my body be enough to hold me?
These are beautiful holy wise and inspired poems by a soul that has suffered deeply and rejoiced deeply. Buy and savor this book.
—ANDREW HARVEY, author of The Hope, Radical Passion, A journey in Ladakh.
With a penetrating eye and in a tender, intimate voice, Susan Frybort illuminates in these poems the gossamer beauty of our everyday life.
—ROGER HOUSDEN, author of Ten Poems to Change Your Life, For Lovers of God Everywhere.
These poems by Susan Frybort are personal reflections on the nature of spirit and the ways in which objective reality and spiritual awareness intersect. Frybort writes attentively and with a sense of gratitude and reverence. There is much thoughtfulness and a gentle intelligence in these poems that lead readers through a portal of hope toward deeper understanding of self and spirit.
— ADELE KENNY, Poetry Editor, Tiferet Journal
In this wonderful book, Susan Frybort displays the uncovering of the heart. She reminds us of the heart’s healing potential, while exploring what might hold the mind at bay. She unearths the root of that which keeps our happiness entranced with a longing for fulfillment. And she does it all with such grace and loving kindness. We really enjoyed her beautiful poems, and felt her heart within ours.
—STEPHEN AND ONDREA LEVINE, coauthors of Embracing the Beloved, Who Dies?, The Healing I Took Birth For.
Susan Frybort is a highly intelligent and skilful free verse Poetess who probes difficult human questions with skill and perspicuity, in a most attractive and very readable way. In addition, her personal findings could well help resolve many of the dilemmas that readers may meet in their own lives.
—ALAN JACOBS, Poet Writer Author, President Ramana Maharshi Foundation UK.
Reading this collection of poems, I saw so much of my own life’s journey mirrored in their beautifully crafted words. The years of dissatisfaction with myself, even at times self-hatred, learned from a society that doesn’t let us simply be just the way we find ourselves but always wants us to be somehow different—it’s all so poignantly reflected here. My decades in religion, then later “spirituality,” all of them an attempt to address my perceived inadequacy—my days of stormy, “darkened clouds, watering down and dampening my dreams,” as I fought the fight my upbringing taught me against living like “a cornflower—somewhere in a morning field, far away from here—singing out to the sky’s vermillion sunrise, with not a care in the world.” Until, at last, I began to awaken to the central insight of these poems, that my humanness isn’t something to be endlessly apologized for, but that “God’s divinity and my humanness are the same.” You’ll want to read slowly, to ponder, to simply sit with the rich metaphors, the deep insights, the heartfelt wonder these images evoke.
—DAVID ROBERT ORD, author of Your Forgotten Self, coauthor of The Coming Interspiritual Age, and author and narrator of the audiobook Lessons in Loving—A Journey into the Heart.
A ticket to wonder. Hope Is A Traveler invites the reader to climb aboard a caravan of love as it meanders through moments of loss and infinite joy in the life of its author. Daring to bare the innermost core of her pain, as well as the exalted way of human interaction and Spirit guidance, Susan Frybort’s words, in my mind, sit in harmony with her historical poetic compatriots of Rumi, Hafiz and Gibran. Her experiences are both unique and universal and the reader can immerse in the Divinely Human and Humanly Divine nature of her soul spilling over onto what she calls ‘the heart road.’ Travel well.
—EDIE WEINSTEIN, LSW, Vivid Life radio host, author of The Bliss Mistress Guide To Transforming The Ordinary Into The Extraordinary.
Susan Frybort’s work is true poetry. She skillfully conveys central human concerns with apparent ease: love, pain, suffering, hope, empathy, and all the other truths, feelings and emotions that make life worth living. More, her words are imbued with a special potency that allow her readers to feel feelings and experience experiences that they might otherwise not be privy to. Few poets can work this magic, but she does, easily, effectively. To experience this phenomenon, one has to actually read her work. One final point: Although she rarely delves into spiritual subjects directly, all of her work has an intense spiritual dimension, speaking to parts of the soul that are dying to hear her message.”
—STEVEN J.ROSEN, author of Hidden Glory of India, The Yoga of Kirtan, and assorted books on Eastern thought and Hindu philosophy.
Opening, soothing, nourishing, lightening. This is a book to keep close to your heart! It will open you to the re-membering that brings us home.
—MARY O’MALLEY, author of What’s in the Way IS the Way
Susan Frybort is an American-born poet with a deep fascination for life and the human experience. Writing since she was a child, her poems are a tapestry of wisdom and compassion that soften the heart’s edges, calling us home. Previously published in Elephant Journal, Hope is a Traveler is her first formal collection. Her beautiful hearticulations can also be read in author Jeff Brown’s soon to be published novel ‘An Uncommon Bond’ (May, 2015), as the voice of the female lover.