Book Review – Ebook Carnival (Blossoms and Foliages by Daisy Bala)

Nature, in all her magnificence, envelopes us. If only we take the time to see and appreciate.

Daisy Bala takes inspiration from Vincent Van Gogh… quoting him in the opening line of her introduction to this delightful volume of nature poems, “If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Although she terms it her maiden attempt, her words, delicately woven together, paint a visual so vivid, that it has the power to transport the reader to a fleeting moment in time.

Read about a white snowy landscape in the poem, ‘White sweet morning’…

“Whitewashed escapades

Cold breezy silhouettes

Snow deluged branches

Dripping snowflakes

Or savor this delicious description of waves on the sand in the poem, ‘The clarity’…-

“The turquoise waters splash

In sea foam green and varying teal

The wind rustles past the blushing spume

Swirling in crispy broth

On the sandy beach.”

Word by word, the poetess evokes a sense of enchantment, drawing the reader into her world, to witness with her the ephemeral beauty of nature ‘through a kaleidoscope of seasons’.

Not only does she pen pictures of “the dandelion silhouetted in pale morning lights, The breeze caressing the florets.”; she writes with equal élan about ‘An earthy stone, Standing aloof in these savanna’s’, bringing it alive for her readers, as she follows its gaze at the world around.

If you love nature, you will love this bouquet of poems.

P.S. Daisy has taken special care to describe every image that accompanies each of her poems for visually challenged readers. And these descriptions are as beautiful as her poems!

About the author

Daisy is a passionate author and blogger living in Chicago suburbs with her husband and two kids. She is a nature lover who draws her musings from the verdant green bounty around her. Her walk-in woods continuously inspire her to drink through the day’s eye and scribble the thoughts in her blogs. If not writing, she’s running around her 9 months old, changing diapers or teaching her 8-year-old basics of geometry. Her love for seasons and flora is implicit in her vivid writings.

Z is for Zonkey, Zorse and Zedonk

While both a zonkey and a zorse  are sired by a zebra stallion, a zedonk has a zebra mom.


A zorse, a zonkey and a zedonk once lived in the same zoo,
All of them wore zebra stripes as a distinct clue,
Of being a rare cross-breed,
A zebroid.. which is a zebra hybrid,
Born of either a horse or a donkey parent, and a zebra too!

(c)Jyotsna Atre



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Image: Sumit Sreshtha,

Yaks belong to the bovine family, and are closely related to the Asian buffalo and American bison. They are found above 18,000 feet, in the Himalayan ranges.

Although domesticated, wild yaks are not aggressive to humans. Yak milk makes an exotic cheese and butter.


Up in the Himalayas, there lived a gentle Yak,
Carrying sacks and sometimes people on its back,
A marvelous creature,
That loved its moss and tubers,
It said, “Give me my freedom thats all I ask.”

(c)Jyotsna Atre




X is for extinct

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X is for extinct

When the last of a species dies,
It is said to have reached extinction,
And the animal, bird or fish becomes,
A part of mythology, folklore or fiction.

We have hunted down to death,
Five hundred species, at the least,
Or killed them by cutting down trees,
In a span of a few centuries.

Dodo, Quagga, Yallara, Stellar’s cow,
Elk, Passenger pigeons and Thylacine,
Just a few names that are now history,
Like the Pyreneén ibex and Baiji, the White Dolphin.

The list is long…
And getting longer by the day.
Will we ever understand that
If we’ve the right to live…  so do they.

(c)Jyotsna Atre



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Wolves live in packs znd follow a strict hierarchical structure, where only the alpha pair breeds.


If you hear
A spine-tingling howl
Be sure that
A wolf is on the prowl!

A howl, a growl
A whine or a bark
It uses to talk
To others in the pack!

From arctic tundra
To prairie land
From tropical forests
To desert sands

Wolves are found
Just everywhere
Roaming in a pack
With the alpha pair.

Coyotes, dingos
Wolves and jackals
All are called
Feral animals.

And dogs are also
One of them
Except that they’ve
Now been tamed.

(c)Jyotsna Atre