Sorrowful Soul

Let’s all welcome Harmony Kent to Entertaining Stories. She’s a dear friend, and one of my Story Empire colleagues. She’s here to tell us about her newest publication. She’s also a huge supporter of the indie community, so don’t be afraid to use those sharing buttons. I’m sure she’s done it for most of you.

The floor is yours, Harmony.


Hi, Craig.

Thanks so much for hosting me today.

It’s always wonderful to visit with you.

Here’s a little bit I’d love to share about my latest book of poetry, Sorrowful Soul. Full of freestyle poems, which provide company and compassion through the devastating journey of grief and loss and onward, this heartfelt collection shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone.

Since Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s excellent book on the stages of grief, we now have an established set of seven stages to the grieving process. Although these stages are non-linear and can be revisited at any time, it’s helpful to have a rough idea of what we might expect during this difficult period of transition. The first stage is commonly known as Shock & Disbelief or Numbness.

Here’s an extract from poem about the effects of shock …

From Part 1: Shock & Disbelief

(From Too Much)

Gravity fails

My stomach rises

To a tight throat

Lungs constrict

Blood slows

In thickened veins

Vision tunnels

Black edged

Ears fill

With deafening

Desperate silence

What effects of shock have you experienced in your life? Have they manifested physically, mentally, or both? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this poetic excerpt and would love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 😊


About the Book:

If we’re lucky, we meet twilight at the front door and old age creeps in on the night breeze.

Even if we make it to our twilight years, the more we age, the more loss we must endure as part of the cycle of life. Many of these poems lament death, but they also relate to broken relationships, severed friendships, and the loss of youth. This book of grief poetry is as much about saying goodbye and working through loss as it is about death and love split asunder.

This heartfelt collection provides company and compassion through the devastating journey of loss and shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone. Within these pages we share shock, numbness and denial, catapult into anger, bargaining, depression, loneliness, and guilt, and—eventually—make the seismic shift into testing the possibility of a new normal and finding acceptance.

AUTHOR BIO:                                                                                                                                                                          

Harmony Kent spent 13 years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, where she faced her demons and overcame devastating low self-esteem and found freedom. After a life-changing injury, Harmony returned to the world at the tender age of 40, and her life as a writer began.

Harmony is an award winning multi-genre author, and her publications include: 

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved

The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015

Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015

Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)

Slices of Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 1)

Life and Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 2)

Sorrowful Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 3)

Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)

Interludes 2 (Erotic Short Stories)

Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Polish Your Prose (How to Self-Edit)

Creative Solutions (Creative Writing Inspiration)

Backstage (Erotic Romance and Thriller)

FALLOUT (Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia) BRAG Medallion Honouree

The Vanished Boy (Psychological Thriller)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors. Harmony is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. 

Harmony’s Website

twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: Harmony Kent

BookBub: Harmony Kent

Story Empire (co-authored blog): Harmony Kent

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page:


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60 responses to “Sorrowful Soul

  1. I am saving the reading of this lovely book of poetry until a quiet time in the upcoming holiday…

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  2. Hi Harmony, to answer your question, the shock of loss has left me physically hurting with neck and shoulder and backaches. Not so pleasant, but it’s easier to get through when you know what’s happening. Loved your collection!
    Craig, your Boyack nutcrackers are fantastic!

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  3. Craig, thanks so much for having me over to visit today. It’s always such a pleasure to be here! Have a lovely day. Hugs 💕🙂

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  4. It’s nice to meet good people with so much talent. 🙂

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  5. Congratulations, Harmony. These poems should ring true for a lot of people.

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  6. Congratulations, Harmony. I loved Sorrowful Soul. It brought me into my own tears, long buried. You’ve shared a part of yourself in this beautiful collection, and I cherish that gift. Thank you, Craig, for spotlighting Harmony today, and BTW, your nutcracker is hilarious.

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  7. A great read also within the upcoming holidays. Fantastic new food for the brain. Thanks for the introduction, and the great review, Craig! Best wishes, Michael

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  8. I experienced a terrible shock some years ago that left me emotionally paralyzed. Your poem in this post rang so true, Harmony. It’s beautifully written.

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  9. I’m posting this on the Loleta Abi site on Dec. 19th. Harmony, you are an inspiration to all! I’m sorry I haven’t yet been able to review more of yours and other authors on here books yet. Hopefully, that’ll change with adjustments I’m making for the future. Hugs! Have a good week!

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  10. Thanks for hosting Harmony today, Craig. That poem captures exactly how I felt when my brother was killed. I remember most the feeling of not being able to breathe. You capture the physical intensity so vividly, Harmony. A wonderful and moving read. ❤

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  11. You capture emotions so well. I struggle trying to “show” not “tell” them. A beautiful, moving poem. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I think we all have been there, Harmony. Your poem is so perfect in describing the feeling. Congratulations. Thanks for hosting Craig.

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  13. D.L. Finn, Author

    Another great excerpt, Harmony from a powerful read. You captured the physical reactions perfectly. I tend to either shut down or go into denial when I’m shocked.
    Thanks for hosting, Craig!

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  14. I’m like Denise. I shut down or go into denial. Another great excerpt. Harmony.

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  15. I felt like I’d lost all the strength in my body and my stomach hit the floor. Shock can affect people in so many different ways. Wonderful excerpt, Harmony – thanks for hosting, Craig!

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  16. Another great post on this tour! I related so much to this section of the poetry book, and the last two lines of this poem really say it all. There is nothing louder than deafening silence. A huge congratulations to Harmony! Thank you for hosting, Craig.

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  17. Got my copy and looking forward. Congrats again to Harmony 🙂

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  18. Hi Craig, thanks for hosting Harmony with this beautiful and evocative book. Your nutcracker pictures gave me a smile.

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