Our “ability to interpret or become aware of something through our senses” defines perceptual. Two examples: Interpreting a rotten egg odor as gas leak usually makes people aware of a life-threatening danger through their sense of smell. Students interpret lessons from lectures and reading to become aware of the subject they are studying by using their sense of reasoning.
Sometimes we experience salvations, which is “preservations or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.” Two examples: If you survive cancer, an accident or being shot, you have definitely been delivered from harm and loss of life. If you abused alcohol and became sober, that is certainly preservation and deliverance from harm, ruin or loss or more of it if you had not stopped. If you read the Bible or attend church, you have read or heard of salvations. These stories from life millions of years ago are presented as analogous to life today to help guide believers toward salvations from today’s difficulties.
Now that you have the separate meanings and examples of each word in the title of my new book of poetry, Perceptual Salvations, let’s think about my intended meaning when I paired these two unlikely matched words.
It is not every day that a poet or author takes the time to explain their thoughts, inspiration, and reasoning. If any of you have taken literary courses and/or studied poetry, you probably did not understand historical poets and their poetry anymore at the end of the class than you did at the beginning. If you are a poet or artist or have a deep appreciation for the arts, you probably understand the creativity that flows through the mind, heart, eyes, ears, hands, and spirit of an artist is unique.
Sometimes poetry satisfies an inner appetite that only the poet comprehends. Sometimes poetry is easy to follow and most people understand or can relate to the poet and/or their poetry. Most often poets are ambitious in our strive to ignite (emotions), instill (thinking), engender (hope), instigate (debate), encourage (passion), inspire (peace), and motivate (action). One of the greatest things about poetry and other artistic endeavors is that each person’s perception of the work may differ from others’ perception and from how the poet or artist thinks it will be perceived.
Some of the poetries in Perceptual Salvations may be easy for many of you to comprehend and relate to. As the creator of these poetries, my interpretation and awareness of the topics I chose to write about are reflected within my writings. You may comprehend most of these poetries, but you still may be unable to interpret my reasoning or become aware of what influenced my poems and narratives. Developing your own perception is a means of connecting to the poem or a character or object in the poem in your own way.
Most of my poetries are non-fiction, but a few are fictional. I would be more than happy to share a story about who or what motivated me to create each poem. Follow and subscribe to send me a message with your question. Of course, you would have to read the book or listen to the audiobook in order to generate questions. Individual poems will be available as MP3 downloads. Stay tuned for more information.
You may experience perceptual acuity after reading or listening to the therapeutic poetries in Perceptual Salvations. They may have a positive effect on you and, hopefully, will impart salvations that can help you or someone you know.