I finally got around to reading Sinless Within, the follow-up book of poems by the amazing Shay Leigh. The first, Sins Within, was a book full of darkness and pain, fueling poetry that moved me. It didn’t take long to read, as it is a very short book, but it wore me out. When I was done with it, I had to take a nap.
Sinless Within did the same thing to me. I think it’s a bit shorter than the aforementioned, but it focuses more on the good in the author’s life. Even still, periods of darkness shine through, making her trip of happiness still not so happy. She shows that even though things can be dark, a light can be seen from somewhere if you look hard enough. When I was done reading this book, I was wore out once again.
It takes powerful words to do the things her two poetry books have done to me, and both books are full of them.
While “Art” was one that touched me as I’m sure it could touch any artist, the one that really stuck with me was “Cage.” Wow, such an awesome piece. Together, with the rest of the poems in the book, Sinless Within did in so few pages what novels I’ve read have failed to do, and that was move me while sticking with me for the long haul.
Having read much of Shay’s works, including poetry and fiction, I can’t wait to see what she produces next.
I gave the book 5 stars on Goodreads. Whether you like poetry or not, check it out. It’s a great and emotional read.