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Soul Searching is my first self published book that contains my reflections about life. Hope you find in it a poem that relates to your life experience or one that inspires a change in the way you view life, here's one that I share with the reader and one that I remember each new morning....MAKE EACH DAY COUNTLive your life well, live it to the fullMake each day count, eacSoul Searching is my first self published book that contains my reflections about life. Hope you find in it a poem that relates to your life experience or one that inspires a change in the way you view life, here's one that I share with the reader and one that I remember each new morning....MAKE EACH DAY COUNTLive your life well, live it to the fullMake each day count, each second meaningfulYesterday became a thing of the past,Gone, never to return, alasTomorrow, a new day will dawnNew hopes, new plans will be redrawnBut it is today that counts the mostCapturing the now, so nothings lostThe now shapes the past, moulds the futurePaves the way for smoother pasturesSo learn to live your life to its bestTo reap the fruits of the sweetest harvest.........

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ISBN : 9781310237065
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Number of Pages : 575 Pages
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Soul Searching Reviews

  • Charlotte Kuchinsky
    2019-04-22 15:48

    Poetry is an acquired taste for some. Perhaps that is because those people have rarely read good poetry. For those who want a chance to see what poetry should be about – the baring of a soul – I have a suggestion. Try reading Shaheen Daar’s book, Soul Searching. Many of her beautifully constructed poems, ripe with imagery and pure emotion, may resonate on a personal scale. From love to nature to life in general, Shaheen provides a genuinely unique perspective on those things that color our world; making it bright with possibilities one moment and dark with disappointment the next. A poet for poets as well as those new to the game, Shaheen Darr does not disappoint.

  • Grant Leishman
    2019-03-26 11:29

    You know, there are occasions in life when your preconceptions and prejudices are put to the test and you are forced to concede defeat and accept you were wrong. Although I dabbled a bit in poetry when I was young (didn't all angst-ridden, young men?) over the years I've come to regard poetry with a bit of disdain and dare I say it, even considered poets to be nothing more than writers who couldn't write decent prose. The poetry I have read, either voluntarily, or forced to have read through study, has usually reinforced my judgment of this form of writing. And, then along comes Shaheen Darr, with her collection of poems entitled Soul Searching and all my previous slants against poetry and poets are blasted out of the water.This poet's ability to seek the fundamental aspects of many of life's great questions, through her words is frankly awe-inspiring. When I first sat down to read this book, I gritted myself for a turgid stroll through nonsensical combinations of words that were somehow supposed to show the author's superior intellect and grasp of a situation. I couldn't have been further from the truth. Darr's understanding and ability to express our deepest feelings and our deepest fears, in beautiful, rhythmical, poetic phrasing is second to none that I've read before. I literally flew through the book, not because I was skimming or not enjoying the poems, but because each poem led me merrily on to the next and I just didn't want to stop the pleasure of the read. Darr is a wordsmith extraordinaire, but more than that, she has a fundamental grasp of life, its problems and its complexities. I never thought I would be saying this, but Soul Searching is one of the best books I have read this year, or perhaps, even the last few years. I doff my hat to the author and humbly declare I am a poetry convert. Well, a convert to Shaheen Darr's poetry anyway. No question, this time, five massive stars for this wonderful work.

  • G.S. Bailey
    2019-04-22 10:42

    A lot of wisdom here…What I take from Soul Searching is simplicity. Not that nature and human nature are anything short of vastly complex – but that the key is always simplicity. To stop and feel the truth settle over you. To give in to the simplicity of nature’s will… Of course, it is often so hard to see things clearly in life. This series of wise and insightful poems offer a lot of hope and comfort. They also ask some very meaningful questions.Here are a list of my favourites: Board Game. No Regrets. Who Says? Old Soul. A Promise. Seasons of life. Forgive us Mother. The Whisperer.And the individual ideas that intrigued me most: Go on and Seek: Go on, dare yourself and then do. Your life owes it to you.Nature’s Songs: The richness of a dark starry night. Silence, yet pregnant with promises of a new day….Death: Her life she had lived it well, no soul she had hurt no lies did she tell.Heartbeats: But feelings have a home in our hearts, good or bad.Innocence: Touching in its simplicity.Rewind Button: We cannot undo the moment that just passed.The Well of Hope: She looks up, tired eyes searching for respite. Dried out clouds offer her no hope, no shade.Rain: Finally it rained and the earth drank its fill.Hope: Hope has left her heart. A place too dark for it to survive.Seasons of Life: The soul, too tired to remember its past. Now sits in the dark, awaiting a new chapter.Self Acceptance: Self acceptance can grow in the rockiest of gardens.Self Acceptance: Your life meant just for you, and no other.The Whisperer: The one that makes the glitter in gold. Overshadow everything else in the world.

  • Traci Lawrence
    2019-03-24 07:44

    Shaheen Darr is a rarity: a wordsmith who can touch the soul with a minimum of words. This is an uplifting book of poetry born of wisdom. It teaches us to search our hearts and souls for deep, often ignored truths.These realities include, among others: the inevitability of change; respect; endurance; self-acceptance; forgiveness; and, the need for self-reflection.The writing is full of memorable common sense. However, some quotes stood out to me: “Words are the voices of our souls”, “Things that once made me insecure now vanish, like water off a duck’s back”, “Disease will exit starved without negativity”, “..in life you can always get back what you have put in”, and “Respect others so you in turn can be respected.”Soul Searching deserves multiple pages of accolades. I highly recommend this book to anyone because of its often poignant, often sweet, always relevant themes.

  • M. Matheson
    2019-03-28 15:32

    Shaheen’s book of poems are tremendous reflections on an endless retinue of life issues. Nothing shallow or mere fluff here. Much time and meditation were put into these poems. These artistically done works of art offer many echoes to our own lives. I enjoyed reading the spiritual connection they offered.Thank you for your craft.

  • Adri Sinclair
    2019-03-27 11:31

    It is hard for me to comment on poetry - really hard, because personally I view poetry as a true expression of the soul. The beauty and anguish and joy and pleasure, all wrapped up in words. None the less, I added this beautiful collection to my own stash. To choose a poem from here, is not going to happen. I loved them all. The soulful portrayal of a life and musings, hits home and hits hard. I loved how some of the poems actually [in my mind] became very much like a personal chant, or prayer - from talking to God to appreciating laughter, it is all there.Reading poetry, for me, has always been about feeding my soul by feasting from the catered buffet of someone else.Shaheen, what a spread you have provided!!! Your work is inspirational. I will admit that I have quickly become attached to this bundle and found myself [while doing the chores and setting up my early morning - lol ] drifting back into this world you have created.Thank you for sharing this!To anyone looking for something with a bit of weight, but not so much as to drown you ... I HIGHLY recommenced this collection.TRIGGER WARNING: If you read this, you will find yourself contemplating and musing, even inspired to follow the path leading ahead...xxxAdri.

  • Stephanie Collins
    2019-04-04 10:59

    I generally avoid poetry whenever possible. There. I said it. I'm a "say it straight" kind of gal and I'm easily intimidated by the "excessively colorful words" and abstract nature I associate with poetry...well, USED to associate with poetry, before reading this collection. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised when I found myself fully absorbed and truly enjoying Soul Searching. The poems were concrete enough for me to grasp, but they left enough open to interpretation that I could find something I could relate to in each. They were each very individual in their voice and message, but shared in the goal of reaching me as a [timid, insecure] reader. This whole experience taught me a new way to read, too. I typically devour my books, consuming as much as I can when I have the time to read. I learned with Soul Searching to slow down and SAVOR...to sip, rather than gulp, and to reserve some time for reflection on each individual passage. Thank you for [very successfully] reintroducing me to a genre I always considered "out of my reach"!

  • Stephanie Collins
    2019-04-15 13:50

    I generally avoid poetry whenever possible. There. I said it. I'm a "say it straight" kind of gal and I'm easily intimidated by the "excessively colorful words" and abstract nature I associate with poetry...well, USED to associate with poetry, before reading this collection. Needless to say, I was very pleasantly surprised when I found myself fully absorbed and truly enjoying Soul Searching. The poems were concrete enough for me to grasp, but they left enough open to interpretation that I could find something I could relate to in each. They were each very individual in their voice and message, but shared in the goal of reaching me as a [timid, insecure] reader. This whole experience taught me a new way to read, too. I typically devour my books, consuming as much as I can when I have the time to read. I learned with Soul Searching to slow down and SAVOR...to sip, rather than gulp, and to reserve some time for reflection on each individual passage. Thank you for [very successfully] reintroducing me to a genre I always considered "out of my reach"!

  • Sonal Panse
    2019-04-23 10:42

    Soul Searching is a collection of 88 poems by Shaheen Darr. They are observations and reflections on life and relationships, death and rebirth, courage and inspiration, and nature.The ones I particularly liked are - Natures Song, Secret Door, Fighting Spirit, Life's Path, The Epitaph, Self Reflection, Sea and Land, Ups and Downs, Ebb and Flow, Leaves, Rain, Race the Wind, Illusionary, The Dancer, Dreams, and Pearls.These conjured up some delightful pictures in my mind. It was like sitting at a window with the poet and looking out together. I kept thinking, 'Oh, did you see that too, did you notice that too, did you feel that too?' They left me with a happy, elevated feeling, so, on the whole, I'm pleased with this collection.Just a suggestion to the poet - please consider including a clickable list of contents, so it's more convenient to find and reread the favorites.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-31 10:46

    Shaheen Darr explores nature, life, relationships, rebirth, and acceptance in her book, “Soul Searching: Soul Searching Poems and Reflections.” Possibility and disappointment are woven together, as Darr explores what the meaning of life, how we can accept what has happened in the past, and how to shape our dreams of the future. Her poetry is like a painting, the imagery clear and beautiful resonates within the soul. Her words, simultaneously, create a longing for the meaning of life, as well as the satisfaction that, through all the pain, there is pleasure and intrinsic meaning to those who live well and can find beauty in the chaos. I highly recommend Darr’s book of poems; you will not be disappointed.

  • Eeva Lancaster
    2019-04-05 14:33

    I read these collection of poems with a cup of coffee in the wee hours of the morning, which is the only way to read a poetry book. Shaheen Darr's words will make you feel a range of emotions as she describes her view on life, death, love, and all the wonderful and not so wonderful experiences we go through every day. Good choice of words. A combination of free verse and rhymed poetry. Recommended!

  • Angie Martin
    2019-04-23 08:47

    Soul Searching is a compilation of poems that are applicable to all parts of life. The poems are uplifting, reassuring, and comforting. It's like having a motivational speaker and Mom's chicken noodle soup in a book! Each poem flowed into the next and the writing was easy for all levels of poetry lovers. I know this is a book I will refer back to over the years for encouragement and enjoyment!

  • R.E.S. Tidmore
    2019-04-11 12:37

    This was a great collection of poems with emotion and depth. I think my favorites are When Angles Cry and No Regrets. I would recommend this book to others, also it would make a great inspirational gift.

  • Fionna Guillaume
    2019-04-11 12:45

    I dove into this book not knowing what to expect. Poetry requires a lot from the reader; you have to be completely engaged, mentally active. Poetry is not for lazy readers. However, for the reader who invests, it is rich. That's what I found with "Soul Searching." I read it once through, thought on it, and then went back and read it again. This is the kind of poetry that improves the more times you read it; new lines jump out each time.This book also made me consider the shape of words, and how that affects my response to them. Poems in different shapes, some widely-spaced, some crunched, all had a different feel. Each one is unique. Like many poetry collections, this one revolves around several themes: how to live life well; one's relationship to God; reflections on Nature; musings on living in a culture of plenty when others in the world have desperately little; the innocence of children; Time. All of these come through in various poems. It is a wonderfully rich collection, with plenty of interwoven themes to ponder.Like all collections, some poems in "Soul Searching" spoke to me, while others did not. What's great is that every page is fresh and new. There are plenty of surprises, and lots of food for thought. An excellent read for someone in search of inspiration for their own reflections.

  • Piper Templeton
    2019-04-22 10:55

    "Soul Searching" by Shaheen Darr is an inspirational collection of poems that will make the reader stop, think, reflect, and often appreciate their life and their surroundings. The author reaches deep and finds answers in spirituality, truth, and nature. In one of my favorites, "The Seekers," she reflects: "Guard the beauty that surrounds, Receive the love that abounds, Visible to eyes that look for the pure, all clear their vision, no room for the obscure." In "The Promise," she likens a rainbow to a promise that all will be made right. The beauty of nature is a theme that runs throughout. Another that I especially enjoyed was the celebration of puddles in the poem/reflection titled the same. I think people going through all kind of struggles would find solace in the words of wisdom contained in this collection. They're also a joy to read just for the poetry and insight of them. I highly recommend this to people who want to contemplate on good and evil, love and loss, and find words that can bring them better understanding and solace.

  • Suzie Jay
    2019-04-23 08:31

    There is so much to love about this collection of poems by Shaheen Darr. I started listing my favorites so that I could read them again later but then I looked down and realized i had listed most of the book. Some of the best were 'From Children, innocence, no regrets, paths, The apparition and I said a prayer for you' (Even though I am not religious) The thing that stood out to me about these poems was that they felt almost like poetry to live your life by. They were poems of advise and of lessons learned. Observations that busy people so often take for granted, were thrown into the spotlight. I found the evidence of her empathy for others was something I could relate to and her poetry evoked an array of emotions within me. There was at times a religious aspect that highlighted her faith and thanks. I myself am not religious but didn't feel the poems were un-relatable. I loved Shaheen's writing style. She painted a picture in the space of a few words. I would recommend this for poetry lovers or even readers who are looking for something inspirational.

  • F.C. Etier
    2019-04-05 08:40

    Shaheen Darr writes after walks.Walking clears her mind and ignites her creativity."Soul Searching" began as either early morning or late night entries in her diary. This accounts for the free verse style and brevity. Our favorite is, “Poems,” and is reminiscent of the old Latin proverb, “Verba volant, scripta manent.” It means, “spoken words fly away, written words remain.” We’re rewarded by her decision to keep a diary. Most of the poems in this collection are no more than one page so it’s easy to pick up the ninety page volume and read one or two entries—if you can put it down.We prefer to savor a collection of emotions and thoughts in bits and pieces, but Darr’s writing is intoxicating. She says, “All my poems were written with a person or an event in mind.”It’s rare to find someone who has examined her life and beliefs so thoroughly. "Soul Searching" is a great companion for your own self discovery.

  • Patty Seitz
    2019-04-06 10:29

    This book of poems is a very quick read with only about 90 pages, but it’s not the type of read you want to get through quickly. You need to savor each one. Every single poem reminded me of a person, a place, or a time that was brought back to life for me personally while reading these beautiful words. You might not like every poem or you may love them all, but you won’t come away with not feeling something—sadness, happiness, even a laugh or two. They even brought back a few memories for me that had been long forgotten. I have to thank the author for allowing me to remember those times I didn’t know I needed to think about. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but this is one book I’ll be going back to, especially when I need to say hello to an old friend or place.

  • Dash McCallen
    2019-04-23 15:55

    Soul Searching: A time to spend reading peace. A thoughtful peace. A book of poems of soul, of contemplation and emotion. At first it seems like a journey, but the reflections of the words have an imagry that makes one's eyes close in the moment and live the images Shaheen has so skillfully painted with words and feeling. This collection is one to be savored. I took a few days to read this work and the emotion that Saheen puts into this makes it a joy to read. The journey and meditation of the prose is close to the heart. I look forward to more from this talented author. Two thumbs way up!

  • Aditi Chopra
    2019-03-26 12:52

    Wow! I don’t know where to start, this book has lots of great poems to read and ponder upon. It is hard to pick a favorite because I liked a lot of them but if I have to pick one, it would be “Emotions”. I like reading and watching emotional stories and connected with this one quite a bit.Author has an effortless way with words and touches your heart with her beautiful poems. They are inspiring, soul stirring and simply serene to read.

  • Jennifer Senhaji
    2019-04-13 07:55

    This was a beautiful collection of poems and almost daily affirmations. I think all but two or three are just one page long, great for reading once a day or all in one shot. Lovely, I think, to read and meditate on one at a time. A couple of darker verses are sprinkled in amongst a majority of very positive and uplifting verses. A great change of pace and way to celebrate National Poetry Month.

  • Elaina
    2019-04-20 11:30

    The title says it all. These beautiful poems are all about soul searching, something we all go through at certain stages of our lives. Many spoke to me directly; it’s as if the author knew exactly what I was going through, and her words served as inspiration – mostly in revealing that we are never alone, and also that we are so alike, no matter where we call home. It helps to know that our soul journeys resonate world over, across every spectrum of life. We have so much in common; we are one.I identified with these beautiful words and will be dipping in again and again. Poetry is like that – every time you read it, the message is made new – reading it once is never enough. One final word: Shaheen speaks in a manner we can grasp, and that is what I appreciated most. She tells it like it is, never leaving one wondering, trying to understand. Excellent work. Thank you!

  • Julie
    2019-04-18 12:42

    Four stars This is s nice collection however some don't make sense to me.. I like the style of writing all in all. I will be definitely showing a couple of my friends. Definitely will be looking forward to more from shaheen.

  • Nanette Day
    2019-04-11 07:45

    This book of beautiful and intimate poetry exploring life can be summed up in one word: soulful. Each poem is a delicacy to be savored, with a depth of meaning enhanced by the straightforward wording and phrases used. The poems resonated with me on so many levels, and I found myself reflecting on them days and even weeks later, turning back to them to re-read. Highly recommended!

  • Lilah
    2019-03-23 14:59

    Shaheen Darr has gathered a collection of poems beautiful in its simplicity. She has a gift for visual storytelling through verse and is capable of expressing so much through so few words. Soul Searching is a perfect poetic read for a warm evening by the fire or a sunny day of relaxation when the reader needs some time away from the fast pace of life. These are words meant for the quiet time when our mind and soul can rest and reflect on life and its many directions.The collection is sweet, heart-warming and unexpectedly dark at times and that was what I loved about it, it captured so many aspects of life. Favorite poems of it? Caged Bird and Death.I look forward to read more of Shaheen's work.

  • Odelia Floris
    2019-04-12 14:56

    If you are a person who thinks, wonders, searches, asks life’s difficult questions, this book is for you. As much as it is a poetry collection, it is a book of philosophy, of pondering life’s big questions – God, death, misfortune, suffering, spirituality, the ultimate meaning of life – and a biography. Many smaller issues (but no less important to day-to-day life) are dwelt on too – dreams, the passing of time, memories, and many others. Nature, inseparable from human life even though the links are increasingly thin and invisible today, is an ever-present source of hope, comfort and joy in this collection. If you think poetry is not for you, think again. These poems are approachable and rendered simply. Anyone with an interest in the human condition will find much to engage with and enjoy, regardless of whether they normally read poetry.Some of my favourite poems here are ‘Fighting Spirit’, ‘The Whisperer’, and The Seekers’. But all of the poems have depth. Shaheen Darr offers a collection of poems that, in the often swallow, materialistic and consumerist societies we live in, touches upon the things that really matter, the things that give true peace, true happiness, true contentment, meaning.

  • W.O. Cassity
    2019-04-13 13:54

    As a long time aficionado of poetry and prose, I was very impressed with Darr's honest and clean collection of works. Her unique measure is entrancing, however, that is not her strongest achievement. Her style is genuine without any pretentiousness or hubris. On the surface, seemingly simple as she explores themes of spirituality, growth, regret and renewal. And that's how she reaches you. Defenses drop, then your heart and mind are opened to the duality of her words that offer new insights and perspectives masterfully crafted. One work, "Turn the Better Page" was one early on that caught my attention. At first, I shamefully thought, oh the cliche, but before the short work was over, the author's voice was gone and I found my own speaking back to me. This is no easy feat for a poet and yet, Darr performed it with ease. One underlining theme throughout the works caught my attention, the call of action to seize the moment, in spite of regret or fear. I know very little about the author, but her personal stories must have been amazing. If this collection get the exposure it deserves, Darr will become one of the most rememberable poets of our generations.

  • Celia Kennedy
    2019-04-13 15:40

    Sadly I must admit that it has been years since I've read poetry. In high school and college I devoured it, knowing it was an elusive arena to one so wordy as me.Ms. Darr has a lovely, contemplative, collection of poems, which take us into nature, into the past, and living in the moment. One poem in particular, No Regrets, I found particularly evoking. A poem about a bridal gown, still smelling of her wedding day. I love that Ms. Darr pulls all the senses into her work - we can see butterflies fluttering about, smell the tang of regret, and hear the gentle whispered words of lovers and the loud cacophony of happy children.Poetry takes time to read. It pulls you in and asks you to think back on your own life. It can be powerful and gentle at the same time, as is life. One of the lovely things about Ms. Darr's collection is that you can read a poem, go about your day and let the words ferment and pull you to places you might have forgotten.Definitely take this journey will this gifted poet.

  • Ian Saul
    2019-04-04 12:54

    Poetry often takes one of two approaches: involuted and language-obsessed or accessible and direct. Poet Shaheen Darr opts for the second of those approaches, spilling her thoughts out on the page with straightforward earnest observations and meditations meant to communicate, not to immerse the reader in form before a meaning can be discerned. Darr's poems are intimate but also worldly, personal but also universal. She chooses a simple, expressive style to deliver observations on life and living and the essential spirituality of nature.Despite the ease with which each poem can be absorbed -- or perhaps *because* of that ease -- it's probably best to read this book in small parcels, possibly even just one a day, giving them time to breathe and be processed. Darr's world is our world, but she means to see beyond the familiar, and her topics are larger than the brevity of each poem might suggest.

  • Julie Greenawalt-Hacker
    2019-03-25 11:49

    I embedded myself in Shaheen's poetry over a period of three nights; reading and rereading several poems that just wouldn't let go of my soul. This author does a wonderful job revealing herself through her heartfelt writing about love, emotions, social issues, nature, spirituality. All of her topics contain the orchestra of life; she pens from a deep well of feelings. For me, "The Beginning" is the poem that sums up the meaning of this poet's work. And, "The Whisperer"--well, it touched me deeply; a shot of duality wrapped up in the unrelenting need to 'not know.' I savored each one of her poems, especially "The Whisperer." It made me feel the question it contains is the beginning of forever. Read them. Contemplate them. They will cause you to search your soul.