Reading the book Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle is a little like reading someone’s diary. In the words of Authoress Lyle, “Exposed is a look into those areas that are usually off limits.”
Like two song birds warbling and answering, the poems of Authoress Terry E. Lyle (TL) and her co-author Editor Jim Swettenham (JLS) weave a melody, sometimes jarring, sometimes sweet, always exposed.
Authoress Terry E. Lyle invites you to “Take the journey with me as I keep it real and bring awareness to the ugly side of our emotions.”
All of these poems are full-length, some several enjoyable pages long. For this post, I am using excerpts.
The first song TL sings is called “CELEBRITY CRUSH,” but it speaks of the problem many women and young girls have: obsession with a man or relationship to the exclusion of all else. The poem is almost excruciating to read because it gives the feeling of watching helplessly while a friend goes to the nightmarish length some women will take to get the attention of a man who obviously is not interested.
“I HAVE A CELEBRITY CRUSH AND I’M REALLY OVER THE EDGE
I GOT STRANGELY CAUGHT UP BECAUSE I’VE LOST MY HEAD”
The poem goes on to tell of the ugly consequences of obsessing over someone. And makes the reader wish she could have reached out to stop the madness.
In “YOUR CRUSH” JLS sings back the reality in the aftermath of the woman’s poor choices:
“I HOPE THAT YOUR FANTASY FOR HIM IS
BECAUSE HON HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW YOU”
The poems “LATE AT NIGHT” and “TOSSING AND TURNING” show the difference between the way a man and a woman think.
The words of “LATE AT NIGHT” speak to an experience that most women have at one time or another.
“WHY CAN’T I SLEEP WHEN I LAY DOWN?
INSTEAD IN BED I TOSS AROUND
MY IMAGINATION TELLS ME SOMETHING’S WRONG
AND THE NIGHT SEEMS TO LINGER FAR TOO LONG
NO ONE AT THIS HOUR THAT I CAN CALL
SO FRIGHTENED THAT I CROUCH INTO A BALL”
The poem goes on to describe the nightmare of being alone and afraid.
In “TOSSING AND TURNING” JLS warbles back a typical male response:
“. . .YOU ARE RESTLESS, YOU TOSS AND TURN
COULD IT BE THAT IT IS OF ME THAT YOU YEARN”
That line made me smile. He seems to be saying, “You aren’t really scared; you just can’t sleep because you are thinking about me.”
The man in the poem does go on to offer comfort and advice to the frightened woman in a masculine, reassuring voice.
My favorite melodies (poems) are “IF I COULD MAKE A WISH” (TLS) AND “WISHING” (JLS)
“IF I COULD MAKE A WISH AND KNOW IT WOULD COME TRUE
I WOULD WISH THAT WE’RE TOGETHER JUST ME AND YOU”
She goes on to describe what she wishes for her love and how joyful it would be for them to be together forever.
“IF WISHES WERE HORSES, BEGGARS
AND I WOULD BE THE BEGGAR THERE AT YOUR SIDE”
I love that imagery and how he echoes the woman’s poem with wishes of his own.
This back and forth poetry continues for 49 honest poems that span the range of human experience from broken hearts and rape trauma to finding sweet forgiveness and refuge in Christ as Savior.
(Author’s note, this book has honest sexuality and an open approach to sensitive topics. I suggest adults read it before allowing their children to read it.)
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Quotes taken from Exposed by Authoress Terry E. Lyle. Pages vii, 5, 8, 79, 83, 105, 107. Used by permission.