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[Poetry Friday] I Wrote This For You And Only You by PleaseFindThis

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Myra here.

It’s been awhile since I have joined the Poetry Friday community, hosted this week by Laura Salas of Writing the World for Kids.


We are about to conclude our current reading theme: Into the Wild, and I thought it would be nice to share a bit of wild poetry.


I Wrote This For You And Only You

Written byPleasefindme Photographer: Jon Ellis, Poems by: Iain S. Thomas
Published by: Central Avenue Publishing, 2015 ISBN: 1771680423 (ISBN13: 9781771680424) Bought a copy of the book. Book photos taken by me. 

I think I first chanced upon this book on Goodreads, and was immediately intrigued. When Iphigene shared that she got herself a copy, I thought that I might as well purchase it via Book Depository, and so here it is.

Apparently, this is part of a series, and this, as far as I know is the third book:

As luck would have it, I am only missing the first one (I know, right?). I suppose I had high expectations from this poetry collection. I have a feeling that Lang Leav fans would be over the moon with these, especially the fusion of photography and poetry.


The images are quite riveting – although way too random for my taste. If you are looking for some kind of connecting narrative, you might be as disappointed as I am. Or perhaps there is one, but I was just too obtuse to find it.


I especially loved the coloured photographs, and there is the seeming conversation initiated by the author with the reader – hence the title and the supposed name of the author. I believe the intention is to personalize the message so that any reader could get something from out of the random ruminations, the fragmented images, the feel-good inspirational vignettes and the poetic musings. It may simply have not found me at the right time. Regardless, it was a quick and enjoyable escape from the noise of the world. Given our current reading theme on wildness and rebels, I would like to share this poem with you, as I felt that it captures the essence of what we were celebrating over the past several weeks: The Defiance of the Different. Enjoy and have a great weekend!


Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

6 comments on “[Poetry Friday] I Wrote This For You And Only You by PleaseFindThis

  1. I love the photographs paired with works, too. I’m sad it didn’t find you at the right moment. It certainly reaches toward the reader.


  2. Sometimes when I read a book of “random” pieces, I might find one that touches me, and not the others. Perhaps that is what happened with you this time, Myra. The one you chose is a vibrant call to us to “change this place”, quite an inspiration!


  3. This might be a collection to read in bits and pieces, rather than in one sitting. Sometimes you just have to be in the right time and place for a poem to connect with you – I know that I’ll read a poem one day and find it “meh”, only to pick it up again months later and be stunned by it. That’s the strange power of poetry, isn’t it? 🙂


  4. Interesting. I love poems paired with images, but I’m not sure this approach would work for me, either. But as Jane said above, sometimes I’ll be turned off by a poem one day only to be fascinated by it another time. We sure are fickle. At least, I am. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Wow – these seem fierce poems, Myra. You do find the most unusual (and powerful) books!


  6. maryleehahn

    Sometimes you have to love a book for the one poem in it that speaks to you — Defiance of the Different is a gem!


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