Are holidays a maze, or are holidays amazing? They are an amazing maze, as the maze poems, shaped poems, prayer poems, sonnets, and narrative poems in Holidays Amaze illustrate.
Holidays Amaze has poems focused on our amazing holidays and celebrations, such as New Year's Day, Valentine's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and graduations. The different poems are enhanced by Christian content, suspenseful action, interesting formats, artistic components, historic elements, dream/reality sections, and amazing interactions among family members, friends, and animals. In Holidays Amaze, success often happens, such as with resolutions on New Year’s Day, unblocked writer’s block, a reduction of anxiety, and a decrease in impatience while waiting in line.
Multimodal elements add to the amazing content of Holidays Amaze. Images are visible in the mazes, photos, metaphors, formats, shapes, and icons. Aural components can be heard in the rhythms, rhymes, alliteration, and other sound elements.
The maze poems that are formatted as mazes, in additional to the ones that use maze symbolism, make Holidays Amaze an amazing collection of poems to be enjoyed, especially on holidays. Maze symbolism can be seen in this excerpt from page 100 of Holidays Amaze:
"The left shoe angrily kicked the right shoe's heel;
it wanted to step into its space ideal,
instead of being forced to move sideways
and switch its pre-planned straight path into a maze."
This stanza is a part of the poem "The Joys of Learning on Graduation Day," which is one of the narrative poems in Holidays Amaze. Like the two shoes that have stage rage, we may occasionally want only a single straight path. Most times, though, the mazes of our lives completely amaze us. Especially on a holiday or on a celebration, we love having the freedom to choose our way amid diverse pathways.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, Holidays Amaze, Amazing Holiday Paws, Paw Dream Mazes, and Paw Learning Mazes. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful people and positive aspects of her life.
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