This is Samir Sobhy's second collection of haiku-inspired poems. He finds this minimalist Japanese form of poetry satisfying, allowing him to express what he wants to convey in his poetry. He particularly likes the power to tell a story or evoke emotion in just three lines. As in the first collection, the poems are in groups of themes. While most of the themes in the first were descriptive, giving prominence to nature, this collection leans more towards the reflective side. Both collections dwell on meditation melancholically. The mood in the present collection is darker than ever, except for some humorous verses. This, in part, is due to the chosen themes, such as Shadows, Lies, Ashes, Thorns, Mists, Tears, etc. Even the treatment of Paradise is from a pessimistic approach! While the poems are in three lines, the author does t follow the rule of 5/7/5 syllables in traditional haiku. The first and third lines rhyme; sometimes - though rarely - the three lines rhyme, with punctuation.
In addition to being an author, Samir Sobhy is a painter, illustrator, fashion and architectural designer, and a former diplomat. He had several solo and group shows for his art in the United States, Europe, Senegal, and Egypt. Three houses were built from his designs in Senegal and Egypt. Two of his fashion collections were shown in Dakar, Senegal. His published books include: illustrated children's books (in Arabic, English, and French), collections of short stories (in Arabic and English), and collections of poems (in English and French), as well as plays (in Arabic and French). He lives and works in both the United States and Egypt (where he was born).