Chris F. Wollinks
Organized in three parts, Betrayal, Sorrow and Tomorrow poetically and illustratively expresses the effects of divorce on the spouses and children. Part I (Betrayal) tries to help the reader keep wedding vows. The first of 53 poems, 'The Senses Tell It All,' explores problems resulting into divorce and induces the reader to 'Give that hugging feeling' to restore the lost luster. Other poems give guidance: “Count Your Blessings,' and 'Don't Do It.' Part II (Sorrow) explores the painful Sorrow associated with divorce. The poem 'Both Wondering Why' wonders why the spouse 'did it.' Loneness, a traumatic divorce aspect, is expressed in 'Alone' and “Really, Really Alone.” The poems then take on a reconciliation attempt and the author expresses hopefulness in 'Rebuilding Hope' and 'New Start for Two Hearts.' However, when reconciliation efforts are dashed, the poet expresses the anguish in 'I Tried To No Avail' and 'Laying Aside a Feeling' Part III (Tomorrow) takes on a new twist as the poet turns to finding love. The desire to live ('I Will Live') fights feelings of sorrow, as 'What I Want, What We All Want' expresses desires. The poet explores the desires of the heart and the reasonableness of the mind. Your mind must make the decision Navigating away from a collision Of heart and mind going blind But rather of heart and mind that bind Stating that the mind and heart must agree, a perfect match for the poet occurs only 'When Love Meets Intellect.' Find out if the poet finds love. Throughout the poet provides several poems about helping the parents deal with the effects of divorce on the children. The poems 'Win Your Children's Heart,' 'It's Not Your Fault Kids,' 'Loving That Child,' 'Visitations' and 'Good Father Forever' should be read by every parent going through a divorce.