Reflections of the Soul: Volume 1

9780991323142: Reflections of the Soul: Volume 1
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Human beings are given a gift called “Freedom.” How it is used or mistreated speaks volumes. Your future is influenced by the choices you make today. We become our own art painting, a lifestyle of our choosing. I want to grasp you by the hand and take you on a journey through my eyes. I am deeply grateful to you for taking the time to read this.

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My name is Gail Hickman, who is an Okanagan Indian from the Okanagan Indian Band located outside of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. I am married with one son, and the oldest of nine children. As a child, I liked drawing, and then the desire to write poetry snuck up on me. I would write about my life, family, friends, nature, and what were being shown in the media. I would write a poem as a gift for someone I knew, and not keep a copy for myself. As a result, I lost poems between 1986–2007 because I wrote everything by hand. I didn’t own a computer or printer back then that would have made a difference in the world. It is my hope I will regain copies of poems from the past, because they capture my journey. Some of my best poems were written when I was living through different hardships and show how I’ve grown and evolved into a better person. Since 2007, my poetry became influenced by words spoken to my Spirit, vivid dreams/visions, and sometimes nightmares, which stayed with me until I would write the poem then they would disappear and I would be at peace. Other poems were written after watching a documentary or movie that gripped my emotions. I believe in God, His Personal name is Ehyeh/I AM, and that his Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is our Lord and Saviour, and I share the word of God in poetry.


Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Gail Hickman, a Canadian Native American from the Okanagan tribe,writes a collection of meaningful poems in Reflections of the Soul. Thepoetry is divided into four categories: Family, Friendship, Condolences andLife Experiences. Hickman expresses: “We become our own art painting,a lifestyle of our choosing.” She asks the reader to take a journeythrough her eyes and to be inspired by her feelings, experiences andobservations of life and people. This collected work encompassesdecades. It is full of memories and inspiration to uplift your heart, healyour soul, and challenge your ideology. To add clarity to her poetry,Hickman includes illustrations by various artists and includes personalphotos as well. Rich in culture and insight, Reflections of the Soul by Gail Hickmanportrays the present and the past of the Okanagan lifestyle. Encouragingand relatable, her thoughts are blessings; words of thanksgiving woveninto poetic thoughts and ultimately placed on paper. These poems aremeant to be cherished for generations for those who take them to heart.Most of the poetry is free verse, but a few are written with a subtlerhyme scheme. As the author, Hickman is the speaker of her poems. Themood of the poetry is often somber, at times almost proverbial, butalways includes a touch of inspiration. She openly shares her religiousviews and native mystical philosophies in a manner to promote hope andwell being. Many of the poems were born out of things Hickman viewed orportions of history that inspired her to pen her ideas and thoughts.

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