"Conversations Under The Sun: Poetry, Prose, & Quotes"
Conversations Under The Sun: Poetry, Prose, and Quotes is the second published anthology of writings by poet, T. H. Tessema. This collection features over one hundred selections of poetry and prose. Employing a variety of poetic forms — such as rhyme, free verse, and haiku — Tessema views this eclectic body of work as a poetic expression of her pilgrimage toward the Light as she journeys under the Sun. The author describes her pilgrimage as her return to a state of unity with the Divine, and the Light which she seeks is a greater awareness of her purpose and place in the universe. The sun — the central object around which her poetry and prose orbit — represents a supernal source of light. As the sun sustains life on earth, Tessema envisions the sun as a light of God that gives rise to existence, nurtures, and provides guidance. With the sun, moon, stars, water, fire, and various natural phenomena appearing as recurring metaphors that shape the literary landscape, Conversations Under The Sun examines the human experience through the lens of nature. The book is an introspective collection that deals with universal human themes, such as the meaning of existence, human relations with divinity, pain, joy, overcoming adversity, friendship, and love. Although the human soul often encounters unfathomable mysteries, Tessema writes with the resolve that everyone and everything in the cosmos has a reason for being. The perpetually rising sun is emblematic of a redeeming light amidst moments of darkness and despair; it is a beacon of divine hope amidst mortal struggle. The sun illuminates the author’s spiritual path and ultimately leads her to a sublime discovery of self-love and visions of a beloved companion.