Move Over Shakespeare by Billy J. Barnum

Have you seen The Greatest Showman? Well, Billy Barnum is a direct descendant of Phineas Taylor Barnum, and he wrote a poetry book! 

Move Over Shakespeare was a delight to read. The poems were raw, honest, uplifting, and thought-provoking. “One by One” inspired me to get writing. “My Hair” had me laugh out loud. “Sycamore Tree” had me in awe. Many poems had me questioning life. I applaud Mr. Barnum for baring his soul with the world; it’s not an easy thing to do. I wish I could write poetry as well as him. The pictures were a nice bonus. If you’re a poetry lover, you won’t regret picking up a copy of this book! 5/5 stars!

Here’s one of the poems:

The Unforgotten Tale (Black Rose)

The rose that burns before my eyes 
Will soon my friend again arise 
My soul it burns with strong desire 
To find who lit the rose on fire

My life has been a tragic waste 
I do not bleed, but blood I taste 
The rose was black, like night my child 
Like the stallion I rode, when I was wild

The sun’s no more, the earth I see 
Will linger in my memory 
When I am gone, please carry on 
And journey till the quest is done

This magic seed that seems be stilled 
Was once the rose that evil killed 
My fondest wish I now behold 
The rose it grows so true and bold

And black as night, just like it was 
And give it light, and give it love 
If tales were told about the thorn 
I’ll tell you one, but do be warned

The rose it burned, so big and high 
That reached into the mystic sky 
The world it shook, the sky went black 
The children cried, and the moon it cracked

I feared this once, but I never knew 
That a sky so black, was once so blue 
The fate you see is in your hand 
So go my son, and make a plan

The rose it grows one day again 
But only you will know just when 
And when it does, all that you see 
Will only be a memory


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