Being in a relationship is wonderful. You’re full of butterflies and excitement. You create new memories and experience a lot of firsts with someone very important. This person turns into more than just your partner, they become your best friend. For some people, these relationships last forever. For others, it ends without notice and with no explanation. “Breathe” by Christina Ramirez is a poetry book about pain and suffering. It details all the feelings a person goes through when the love of their life leaves.
If you’ve ever experienced this, I want you to know that you are not alone. There are millions of people each day that are experiencing heartbreak and figuring out how to overcome it and rise above the pain.
About the Author
This is Christina Ramirez. She is a 20 year old college student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in forensic psychology. She is of hispanic descent and is an only child.
Ever since she was a little kid, Christina has loved poetry. Poetry is her absolute favorite part of English. Her love for poetry sprouted her creativity and made her into a hopeless romantic. The beauty of this is that she doesn’t believe in the typical “fairytale ending”, but rather, believes in a “modern fairytale”.
Christina never really thought about publishing poetry. The idea to write “Breathe” came to her randomly while she was on her way to work. However, she never thought that she would go through with it. Her inspiration comes from poets such as R.H. Sin and Rupi Kaur, who she believes her work is a combination of.
When I first received this book, the first thing I noticed was the angel wings on the front cover with a black background. Usually, black symbolizes darkness, pain, and suffering. While angels symbolize hope and guidance. I found it really cool how she added these two components together. I interpreted it as even though you’re going to face many difficulties, you will always have people around you that will help you out of it. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.
The second thing that I noticed that was also powerful was how Ramirez thanked her ex in the acknowledgments. It takes a lot of courage to feel gratitude for people who have hurt you. Being able to do so shows strength and growth.
Something that I appreciated about “
The first poem was “Self Esteem”. This poem was the perfect way to start the book because it took us to the beginning of it all, her senior year of high school. I noticed how Christina set up her book to transition into different phases. She started off with depression and then anger/grief for what she had with her ex, and then finished the book with poems full of hope and faith that things will get better.
I really appreciated this book because it helped me deal with my own heartache. There were so many things that she wrote, that I was feeling and wanted to say. At the conclusion of the book, I felt better than when I started. The book provides you with the ability to actually say the words you long to say, to be raw with your emotions and let it all out. This book helped me cope with how overwhelmed I was (and still am).
“Breathe” is so much more than an outlet for Christina to let out what she was feeling. Its a symbol of hope, clarity and prosperity. There is something so raw about it that you can’t help but just cry. Coming from a person who reads a lot, no book (other than The Fault In Our Stars by John Green), has made me cry as much as “
My Top 10 Poems
- Self Esteem
- Sad Truth
- Sweet Cheeks
- To You
First I’d like to start off by saying, wow. Just, wow. When you are in the first stages of your heartache, you really feel as though its over. You can’t help but stay up at night crying and wondering what went wrong. You eat less, socialize less, and you turn into someone unrecognizable for a while. I want to give a huge huge hug to Christina and let her know just how proud I am of her. She is a tremendous person who went through such an awful thing. But, the most admirable thing of all is that she turned all that pain and negativity into something wonderful and beautiful. She took that pain and she turned it into her success.
For all of you reading this, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I know that it may seem like it at first and I know that it’s hard, but trust me you have so many people who love you. You have to always believe that it will get better and hold onto that hope as though you are fighting for your life. Heartache is not forever and pain is not forever. But, what is forever, is your happiness and your success.
I want you all to take it one day at a time and just remember to breathe. Christina teaches us this in her book and it is important that we do just that.
You can order your copy of “Breathe” here and remember, you are loved.
Until next time,
Stay vibrant & embrace the gray.