Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Cover Reveal of Words of Alchemy Poems by Camilla Downs

Today we are revealing the book cover for, Words of Alchemy, a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection from Camilla Downs. You can pre-order a signed copy of Words of Alchemy using this link … The book debuts near the end of October, at which time it will be available on Amazon, and the signed pre-ordered books will ship as well.

Book Blurb:

In Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs invites you to walk with her to share her love of Nature through a heartfelt free-verse poetry collection.

During her daily strolls she is mindfully present as she delves into life in the raw and experiences her heart’s observations.

Camilla embraces what happens when she opens her heart and invites the written words to flow. The Alchemy of Love and Healing is what happens.

Advance Praise for Words of Alchemy

“Words of Alchemy, Camilla Downs heartfelt new collection, lives up to its namesake in numerous ways. Downs spans the broad range of nature, healing, love, and parenting, while making sure we have a little fun along the way. And the bridge she creates from the mindfulness of how we see the world at large to the poetry of everyday life is certainly worth a stroll or two across its borders.” – Thomas Lloyd Qualls, Award-winning author of Painted Oxen

“This poetry collection offers contemplative words, soothing thoughts and peace to the reader.” Sue Bentley, Bestselling author of Second Skin

“Camilla Downs shares truth, vulnerability and wisdom in her Words of Alchemy collection, inviting readers to be inspired, contemplate and dive into her world of self-awareness and growth.” G. Brian Benson – Award-winning author, actor and spoken word artist

“These poems take you on a calm and loving walk through the verses of the author’s thoughts. Alchemy is a perfect word for the title as Camilla Downs understands nature; connecting with its magical, medicinal qualities and beauty which she conveys throughout her poetry.”Ailsa Craig, Author of The Sand Between My Toes

“Words of Alchemy is a chronicle of hope. Camilla Downs poetry is an encouragement, especially when we are feeling at our lowest, to keep seeking the light that is our way forward, and focus on the real. This collection is a walk through the positive nature of life. Camilla Downs is to be commended.”Frank Prem, Author of free-verse memoir Small Town Kid


Two Poems from Words of Alchemy:


The Lure of Words

A love of reading

A love of books

A love of the written word

She has always had.


Devouring one

book after another

after another.

Books here.

Books there.

Books everywhere.

Oh, the sight, the feel,

the sound, the smell.

Intoxicating to even imagine.

Deliberately walking the aisle

of the library,

of the book store,

she feels at home.

Perusing the titles,

gently taking hold of a book

by the spine,

sliding it from the shelf,

slowly running her

fingertips across

the book’s title,

opening the book,

lifting the opened book

to her nose and

inhaling the unique

scent only a book can radiate.

Simply holding, feeling, and

smelling a book

sends here straight away

to other worlds, lands,

and journeys.

When finally opening

the book to begin

the adventure,

a palpable,

stomach tingling

Excitement lures her

to the pages.

This has been the way.

A beautiful way.

A way that led her

to know she was to

write, she was to let

black words flow forth

and fill the white pages,

one after another

after another.

She laughs words

She exhales words

She cries words

She bleeds words

She dances words.

She swallows the words

of life to be mixed and

meshed with her essence.

Magically, as if under a spell,

she releases the words

from her mind’s eye

fast as lightning through

her fingertips onto the screen.

Books, books, books.

Words, words, words.

Words are oxygen

Words are food

Words are water

Words are shelter

Words are life.

Her teacher

Her friend

Her lover

Her mentor

Books are these,

and more,

to she.

A love of reading

A love of books

A love of the written word

She has always had.

Devouring one

book after another

after another.

All the while

the words,

the books,

devoured she.

©2018 Camilla Downs


The Space Within

There is a space within

A space occupied, it was.

Occupied with judgment

Occupied with harshness

Occupied with unkind thoughts

towards others.

There is a space within

where the darkness

of judgment used to live.

Judgment lives

here no more.


It has been.

There is a space within.

A soft space of love

of compassion

of empathy

of understanding.

For a journey

of a thousand miles has

been lived with

the understanding

that each one of us

has traveled a similar journey.

To be sure,

not the same journey.

No, not the same.

That matters not.

Each has traveled a journey

of a thousand miles.

And each viewed not

according to their journey,

yet viewed with eyes

that flow from the heart.

A heart that knows the two

are connected,

viewed with eyes flowing

from the heart that only

knows unconditional love.

Eyes wide open to

the Truth of each one’s journey.

The Truth that judgment of another is

simply a reflection of judgment

held within one towards oneself.

There is a space within,

a space that was once filled with

the darkness of judgment.

A space that is now

available for compassion

and love for one self and others.

Space to breath easier

Space to live easier

space to live peacefully

Space to allow all to BE

and travel the paths chosen.

There’s a space within.

A Beautiful Space.

May we all release

and expose this space within

for the Beauty it reveals.

©2018 Camilla Downs

About Camilla:

I am mom to Lillian and Thomas Darnell, bestselling author, writer, blogger, poet, and nature photographer. I’m also the founder, host and facilitator of; a website that hosts fun and quirky author interviews with authors around the world.

I spend my time writing, reading, online networking, walking, swimming, being with my two kids, and addressing all that parenting and advocating entail.

My first book, D iz for Different – One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance, published in 2012 reached #1 in Special Needs Parenting and #2 in Self-Help on Amazon.



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