- Title: Chasing a Butterfly
- Author: H.W. Bryce
- Released: 2016
- Genre: poems
“A journey of love through loss to acceptance”.
* Partial proceeds from the sale of this book are ear- marked for the Alzheimer’s Society to help combat this terrible disease.
Excerpts from book
When I was driven to taking an introductory course to educate myself about my wife’s Alzheimer’s disease, I became tongue-tied and overwhelmed with emotion. It was then that I found a way to express my grief–by writing my feelings and experiences, in poetry. Over the next couple of years, I had compiled about a hundred poems, longish ones, short ones, haiku-style ones.
A little pile of business cards,
An empty CD box,
Picture postcards—an owl, a heron, one red fox, An orange, a thumb tack, and one stopped watch, All sitting on the stand under the kitchen light, Balanced beside one lady’s slipper, the right.
Ann was here!
H. W. (Herb) Bryce
Former journalist, editor, book editor, teacher, courier, and robbery and kidnap victim while travelling the Middle East and North Africa.
His poetry appears in anthologies in Canada, the US, and, in India.
Mr. Bryce was judge (one of three) for the 2017 Rabindranath Tagore Award Internationl English Poetry Competition.
He is the author of a family book “Ann, A Tribute,” and of “Chasing a Butterfly: A journey in poems of love and loss to acceptance,” the poems of Alzheimer’s and poems for everybody. (Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and FriesenPress.com.)
“Chasing a Butterfly” is available also through the 26 branches of the Fraser Valley Regional Valley system.
H. W. Bryce blogs at http://hwbrycewrites.com
He has been a featured poet and frequent contributor to many venues. With his fellow Alzheimer’s writer John Knapp, of “Donna’s Story,” he does info gatherings at care homes with readings from their books.
They are available for readings.
Mr. Bryce is a member of the Royal City Literary Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada.
H. W. Bryce BA University of Western Ontario, now Western University.
What others have to say about Chasing a Butterfly
From the back cover of the book
“Thanks for sharing your heart with us! A family member has Alzheimer’s and I know (though not as deeply as you) the pain and loss when you watch someone you love slowly disappear before your eyes. HUGS.”
-Jo Hannah Afton, Asheville, North Carolina, USA
“My truly talented friend. How blessed I am to have written beside you.”
~Renae Potter, Australia, writer who also became a family caregiver
“Wonderful how your words bring tears and memories back.”
~Irene Nunez Martinez, author, London, who was caregiver to her father
“Simply beautiful…I appreciate the acknowledgement of having given you a seed that you planted, watered, and nurtured into such a heartfelt and meaningful poem.”
~Craig A. Adams, Washington State, USA, caregiver to his wife