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Love, Spelled in Poetry

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Here's to the plane you missed,
the tickets ripped away,
and the lands left unexplored.

Here's to the boxes left unopened,
the keys thrown away,
and the treasures left untouched.

Here's to the 2 AM thoughts,
the song of what ifs,
and the chances I missed.

169 pages, Hardcover

Published February 11, 2019

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Helena Natasha

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395 reviews753 followers
April 22, 2019
Sebelum kenal bookstagram, gue ga pernah baca buku puisi. Terakhir baca ya pas di bangku sekolah 😅 Thanks to the community, I’ve found some good poetry books, and one of them is this one.

Love, Spelled in Poetry adalah tentang kisah perjalanan seorang gadis mengenal cinta, kecewa, pulih, dan kembali menemukan cinta. Kata-kata yang dipakai Helena berima dan enak dibaca tapi juga mewakili perasaan si gadis dengan sangat baik, gue sampe tersentuh.

We couldn’t hold on
to each other,
So we hold on
to the past

Ini adalah buku puisi yang bisa kamu baca dalam waktu setengah jam, tapi kayak abis baca cerita romance setebal ratusan halaman dengan konflik yang bermacam macam. Kalau kamu suka puisi tentang menemukan arti cinta, bisa coba baca yang satu ini ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Author 17 books119 followers
March 16, 2019
Awww, this is so sweet! I loved "The Bubble" part. Some lines really hit me deep.
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187 reviews
August 6, 2022
Absolutely beautiful English poetry book! I seemed to be bewitched because every page was filled with meaning. Not too thick and very enjoyable.

Some of the parts I like:

"If he's a dream, I never want to wake up."

"Maybe you want something simple,
and I'm simply complicated."

"Do you miss me?
Do you miss me like I miss you?"

"Future came when the past left."

"You are one of the storiest I ended before I write a single word."

"Saturday nights are made of dreams.
Sunday mornings are made of forevers."

"The dark can't hide me anymore, now that the truth is in the open."

"It's up to us
to end us
or to see us
as an art—
let it be.
We are perfectly imperfect."

"Every day,
I choose you.
You choose me."

"You are a part of the reason behind my decisions.
You are a part of me, that life I choose."

My heart melts at every word in this book 💛✨
Profile Image for aru.
918 reviews67 followers
December 25, 2020
Surprisingly good.

A real gem in the middle of indonesia "poetry book" garbage. I will recommend this book to my friends who like easy, sweet poetry. Clear message, clear conflict and resolution. It's very nice. Glad to see there's still good indonesia contemporary poetry book noawadays :)
Profile Image for Hana Bilqisthi.
Author 4 books256 followers
March 8, 2019
Sweet poetry 😍😍
I really love the heart broken theme part 😍😍
I was open book

You were written
All over my chapters--
My never-ending summer
My happily ever afters

Reading back now,
I realize
You were never the prince,
You were twist,
The lesson I didn't see coming
Profile Image for Kris (bibliomagus).
32 reviews9 followers
April 19, 2019
"His "I love you"
is the way
he looks at her
when he thinks
she's not looking."

Reading this book is like a journey of love. The happiness of falling in love, the anger when things go wrong, the sadness when broken up and then the courage to discover love once again. Her writing style is simple yet its so magical. It's not a corny kind of love but it's a genuine love.
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32 reviews
December 17, 2019
I can relate to almost every of the poems written on this book. It makes me feel as if im not the only one whose fallen this far and its not always my fault. I enjoy being heartbroken and ready to let my story go the same day i finish reading this book. Extra credit for my neighbor who give me the chance to borrow this loveee 💕
1 review
February 26, 2019
Kenapa masyarakat Indonesia masih belum bosan ya sama buku-buku seperti ini? Saya dikasih pinjam sama teman dan aduhhhhh gini lagi gini lagi.
Profile Image for Moureen Indra.
8 reviews1 follower
December 27, 2022
This book of poems tells the true story of how love works.

It’s enchanting, very enchanting, especially when you thought that you had found the one. But, then that feeling may not last long. The closer you are with someone, each of you and your partner’s personalities are clearer, more vulnerable. When the feeling is gone or isn’t mutual anymore, you may hold on to the past —the memories— just to postpone the inevitable. But, at some point, the past will just not work for you anymore, until you or your partner decides to break the pact that was once made together. Then, came the ocean of sadness, of guilt, of grief. All of a sudden, hope became the villain, hope made you believed that they were the one for your. Hope made you believed that it was finally time for your happily ever after. Yet, turns out, it’s not. When the grief and tears stopped, you met someone again. But then the same cycle happened again. Your heart became an empty crack (as the author illustrated) again.

Time after time, you finally learn to let go and to love. Because you finally realized that love is not all about someone else. Love have to start from loving your own self.

The author wrote the poems beautifully, but still understandable. She was able to narrate a complicated story in a series of poems, and that’s what made me interested in this book.

My favorite quote from this book is this this:
“I learn to let go
the boy i fell in love with.

I learn to hold on to me, to tell myself I'm more than the things anybody else thinks of me.

I learn to listen to myself, to keep doing the things that makes me happy, regardless of their thoughts.

I learn to be
the girl I fall in love with.”
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139 reviews6 followers
June 2, 2021
When I saw this at the bookstore, I'm not interested at all because there is no illustration at the book, and it make the book feels empty. And then I decided to give it a try because I want to read poetry. I regret it. Some of the poems is good but some of it just have 2 lines in it. 2 lines! Is it a poem? Some poem waste 3x2 pages because they're only have 2 line each, I said 3x2 pages because they're only prints at the right side of the book & left side is mostly empty, make me feel this is a waste of paper, they're should print it both side. Or make more words / poems. If they're only want to print one side at least put some illustrations in it. All of the poetry books I read so far have amazing or good illustrations & make me can feel the poems more. This book feels very empty. Same opinion on Natasha other book. I surprise the POP ice, the publisher let it to be printed that way.
Profile Image for Nike Andaru.
1,368 reviews96 followers
March 21, 2019
70 - 2019

Buku ini sempat terlihat waktu ke toko buku, dicetak hardcover yg memang tren sekarang, tapi sayangnya gak dilengkapi dengan ilustrasi yang tren sekarang. Itulah kenapa buku ini menjadi kurang menarik secara visual.

Puisinya gimana?
Nah ini yang penting. Di luar ada dan tidaknya ilustrasi, buku puisi yang paling penting itu isi puisinya. Saya harus bilang kurang bisa menikmati puisi-puisi di dalam buku ini. Mungkin karena pemilihan kata-katanya lebih kayak curhat.
Profile Image for Aliflanya A. Maghfirah.
49 reviews9 followers
July 8, 2019
I really enjoy reading this book. This is a small book filled with short poetries. Not too raw, because it's wrapped with brilliant analogy (that actually make more senses than write it in raw conditions) but has deep meaning and understanding of love itself. Reading this book is like riding a journey. When you start falling in love to a boy, hopping to a relationship, getting heart broken. All above just wrapped in one small beautiful book.
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27 reviews
March 14, 2022
"You are one of the stories I ended before I write a single word"

you know what is the most beautiful part of being in love? it is that even if you're hurt, you can transform the worst feeling to the most beautiful art, and these poetry book is it's evolution. i can feel that every words speak to me whispering something i've ever felt. reading this, makes me realize that i ever experienced the utmost feeling which i always deny before. what a perfect 30mins reading 🖤
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27 reviews
March 31, 2022
I love this poetry books. In my opinion, the phase this book has giving me a view about how love can be seen.
It can be seen as beautiful as it is when the couple hand-in-hand and searching for happiness, it may be sad when love become a games, sad and confusing at the same time. But the last phase, Love, I guess it becomes a good closure. Love have to be not only for outside but also for ourselves 💜

Sorry for my broken english
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65 reviews3 followers
February 21, 2022
Not a really poetry person myself jadi jangan terlalu percaya rating dariku. Sekali duduk bisa selesai, beberapa puisi berhasil bikin mikir dan bookmark-worthy. Intinya puisi22 tentang cinta, ada yang awal22 pdkt, pas di tengah22, ada yang bahagia banget tapi juga ada yang galau galau mellow goeslaw.
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24 reviews
May 17, 2023
I always think of someone when I read this book hahaha

"He has the smirk of a rock star,
the refined taste of a chef,
the selflessness of a protagonist,
and the fun of his own.
At every chance he gets,
he catches my eyes,
and slips into my day, my night,
and every second in between.
If he's a dream, i never want to wake up"

Profile Image for Pinky Fleury.
42 reviews1 follower
February 29, 2020
this is my first time reading a poetry book after so many years, and I think it is enjoyable. a kind of book that you could related to, a book that contain your friends story or yours, a book that you could finished in one sit.
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64 reviews6 followers
October 31, 2020
beautifully written. This book explain that love involve the feeling of fun, excitement, broken, doubted, wonder, what-if thoughts, and trust. The way back to every road we took. This is definitely how love feels like, how love truly is inscribed in poetry.
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1 review
January 7, 2021
a collection of sweetly stringed poems, consisting of four stages that are actually relatable and hit close to home! very good depiction of what love is with little to no unnecessary sugarcoat, wrapped in excellent build-ups and analogy. 💝
Profile Image for Valerie Marsha.
41 reviews
July 4, 2022
ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE. this is a book about a love in general written in a poem story that i absolutely adore. i have no complaints about this book what so ever. everything in this book is amazing. thats all u need to know. 5 out of 5
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8 reviews
October 22, 2022
you are one of the stories I ended before I write a single word.

maybe you want something simple, and I'm simply complicated.

damn that part hit me so hard. super magnificent English poetry book! absolutely I love it sm
Profile Image for Heavenlyblush.
15 reviews2 followers
January 26, 2023
beautiful words covered in beautiful book!

Selama baca ini enjoy banget!
Some part, ada yang bener-bener relate dengan apa yang 'biasanya' kita rasain saat jatuh cinta.
Tapi ada beberapa yang a lil bit 'too much'
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6 reviews6 followers
February 23, 2022
Aaah, lama nggak baca buku puisi, lalu ketemu sama buku ini, iseng baca di gramdig. Bagus banget aaa.
Profile Image for rin ♡.
10 reviews
March 6, 2022
soo good! i think like it's actually realistic and not some fantasy fiction fairytale kind of love. the chapters were interesting. let alone the chapter names. wow.
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