Poetry, words, have kept Port St. Joe’s Diann Farnsley good company on her journey.

 

Poetry, words, have kept Port St. Joe’s Diann Farnsley good company on her journey.

Since a teenager, Farnsley has maintained what she describes a poetic memoir, a journal of sorts of her “ode-votionals” which have emerged from a creative core fueled by a deep faith.

She has collected those musings in a book, “Be Still the Dawn” which is out now and which she will sign 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET Saturday at No Name Café Books and More on Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe.

Originally setting out to compose 365 poems, one for each day of the year, Farnsley ultimately focused on 333, a number which spoke to her and provided a deeper meaning to her task.

The book is far more than poetry, however, as it also includes inspirational stories and messages steeped in faith, a number specifically linked to passages from the Bible.

And, maybe at its core, it is a celebration of quiet, of meditation, of “being still” to fully explore and understand the world around.--- Tim Croft