the dust of hope: rune poems by Judy Croome 


About the book:
Judy Croome’s latest collection of poetry returns to the ancient ways of the Nordic runes, shining a light of hope and healing as we navigate through the wilderness of anxiety permeating these early years of the twenty-first century.

The simple verses console the reader with a calm acceptance that, even during a global pandemic, everyday life ebbs and flows with the natural rhythms of the timeless oceans.

Here are poems that invite us to stop, to breathe, and to see the world around us from a new perspective birthed within the centre of our souls.

My thoughts:
Hello everyone. Today I am taking part in the virtual tour for Judy Crume’s collection of poetry entitled the dust of hope. This is a collection of poems about everyday life, love and loss during the pandemic.

I really liked one called “Strength”.
“only then, in the shadows of heartbreak,
did I learn how to dive deep.
how to survive.”


There’s a rune symbol at the start of each poem and I found this to be a lovely and soothing collection. I savored these as I read a few per day. I really enjoyed these poems that so many of us can relate to.

perhaps the corona storm,
with all its violent destruction,
is only planting
the seeds of a new generation.”-ploughing the fields


“I met my soul
walking the path of solitude.
separated from you
by an invisible virus,
as powerful as a wrecking ball
free-falling
through the ceiling of our lives.”- between two moments

I recommend this collection if you enjoy poetry and are looking to get swept away by reading a few good poems.


Judy Croome is on virtual tour, click here for the rest of tour schedule.


Special thanks to Poetic Book Tours for my review copy of the dust of hope by Judy Croome.


About the Author:


Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories, poems and articles have appeared in various magazines, anthologies and newspapers, such as The Sunday Times, The Huffington Post (USA) and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. In 2021 and 2016, Judy was the poetry judge for Writers2000’s Annual Writing Competition. In 2021, Judy presented an hour long workshop to Writers 2000 called “The Gift of Poetry”.

Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)

Her fiction and poetry books ‘the dust of hope: rune poems” (2021); “Drop by Drop: poems of loss” (2020); “a stranger in a strange land” (2015),”The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available from Aztar Press.

“Street Smart Taxpayers: A practical guide to your rights in South Africa” (Juta Law, 2017) was co-authored with her late husband Dr. Beric Croome (1960 – 2019). Follow her on GoodReads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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