Christina R. Jussaume, a spiritual poetic writer has published her sixth collection of poetry entitled, “Spiritual Entitlement: Healing of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Jussaume is a wife, mother, grandmother, and is a founding member of the poetry site “Poetry and Publishing” located in the UK. She dedicates this book to God from whom she gets her inspiration and to her friends for their encouragement.
Spiritual Entitlement begins with the poem “God’s Enlightenment,” which is written in the Shadow Sonnet form (page 1). The inventor of this poetic form is Amera M. Anderson. This form is similar to the American Sonnet which does not use end rhymes and has a syllable count of unequal lines. Reflecting on the first poem, the words of her late mother resonates in her soul as she pens the poem “Pass No Judgment,” which in written in the Monchielle form (page 4). This poem sends tribute to her mother for the lessons she learned from her as a daughter. The creator of this poetic form is Jim T. Henriksen. Additionally, the poetics lines send a clear message that such an act of judgment rest only with God the Creator.
The poem, “Offering of Peace and Joy,” is written in The Tree format (page 14). The creator of this poetic form is Dorian Peterson Potter. It is actually a concrete poem since it outlines the form of a tree. This poem brings the essence of peace and joy to the heart of the reader. Her poem which is entitled, “Stairway to Heaven,” is written in the Linked format (page 67). The creator of this poetic form is Erich J. Goller. This poem gives some insight regarding the path to Heaven and what it takes to walk the “Stairways to Heaven.”
The book continues with another concrete poem entitled, “The Lighting Bugs,” which is written in The Butterfly Oclet form (page 117). The inventor of this poetic form is Joree Williams. Each individual stanza in the poem is in the form of a butterfly’s wings. This poem sends images of angelic wings reflecting stars as a guiding light.
Jussaume has not forgotten her parents. She also gives credit to her late father in the poem “To My Father,” written in the Pruntiform poetic style (page 181). The creator of this poetic form is Randy Prunty. The author’s plea to God in this poem is for everyone to live in faith and grow in love. She ends her poems on page 181 with another poem written in the Monchielle form and is entitled, “Believe in Me to Be Well.” This poem stems from the Book of Exodus 15:26, and is based on the voice of God which states, “I am the Lord who heals you.”
The book also has a glossary of over 80 plus poetic forms and styles for greater understanding of the poems. Following the glossary is another section with the front cover of the books written by Jussaume. The last section of the book has a list of books in which she contributes her poems for the betterment of others and world peace.