This is the author's second book of poetry and contains a sampling of his favorite poems from among the hundreds written since his first book of poetry, Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems, was published. The book contains a handful of his favorite classic poems from Of Pain and Ecstasy revised and re-edited as well as more than 100 new poems written over the past several years. Poems include free verse, blank verse, sonnets, rhyme, haikus and linked haikus on a wide range of subjects. It is available both in electronic and paperback versions. The ebook version will also include some direct links to poetry readings by the author.
Victor D. López is the Cypres Family Distinguished Professor in Legal Studies in Business at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business, a Lawyer, and the author of 15 books on subjects that include law-related textbooks, legal reference, short fiction and poetry, and numerous scholarly articles on law-related subjects. For more information, you can visit his official web page at http://www.victordlopez.com. Samples of some of his published works and author readings of select poetry and fiction are also available at https://www.booksie.com/users/victordlopez-82664. You can hear his podcasts with both short and extended sample readings from of his new novel, poetry and short fiction at https://anchor.fm/victor-d-lopez.
This poem is about the introspection that I believe comes to most of us in late middle age when the winter of our lives approaches. It has been a preoccupation of mine from an early age, however, as even my earliest poetry and fiction written while still in my teens I think very clearly show. Mistakes, roads not taken, unwise relationships, lapses in judgment and similar issues aside, this simple poem deals with as issue that should concern us all: has our life made enough of a difference? In the final analysis, will our virtues, works, and compassion for others outweigh our sins of both commission and omission? Do we leave the world even a little better for the privilege of passing through it, or have we lived a life empty of value? The world may have a clear opinion on these issues about us, but it matters much, much more what we ourselves think when we look in the mirror with no one around and struggle to find an honest answer untainted by self-delusion.
Echoes of Dawn at Dusk: Collected Poems (Volume 2)
Fading to Black
Walking into the final sunset, My shadow stretches far behind, Touching all I've done, Has it been enough?