My Sweet Aroma by Timothy Green is a beautiful collection of around 270 poems dealing with love, life, and faith. 


“It’s a mixed bag, this life.”

Timothy Green, “A Mixed Bag”

Just like life itself, Timothy Green’s anthology of poems entitled My Sweet Aroma is a mixed bag. In this diverse collection of around 270 poetries, all of the poems are special in their own rights. While some of the poems are compiled from Green’s earlier book, The Sail, The Face, others are freshly penned by the talented poet.

Faith, love, life, and nature are the predominant themes in the poems of My Sweet Aroma. The first thing that came to my mind after finishing the book was that Green is deeply devoted to Jesus Christ. His love and adulation for the Lord God are evident in each of his poems. Undoubtedly, Green considers Christ to be his closest friend. He loves Him unconditionally. The poem, My Lover, My Protector, is one of my favorites. Here, Green proclaims his selfless adulation for Christ in such a manner that it will move anyone. God keeps us safe and loves us with no conditions attached. Green underscores this through the lines of his poem, Back Home. He writes, “The Lord beholds our hearts/ safe in his love..” In the poem, Answers, Green clearly states that we can find all our answers in Christ. In his words, “The answers are written/ plainly in his Word,/ each to our own understanding.” For everything that Christ does for us, it is indeed our duty to show “some love for our King, who laid down his life to bring us hope.” 

My Sweet Aroma includes some lovely poems that beautifully showcase romantic love in all its glory. I especially enjoyed My Fair Lady and My Lady, Lover, and Friend. Green expresses his astonishment at finding the woman of his dreams. He considers her to be God’s gift and does everything to cherish her. For him, she had “turned my desolate life into light..Green also provides a pretty picture of wedded life in his poem Life After Marriage. I have to mention that How Are You? is my most favorite poem in this collection. I could feel the poet’s desolation and heartbreak after losing the love of his life. The lines “But you are gone,/ And I don’t know what to do” are bound to haunt me for a long time. 

Timothy Green values life. This is quite evident in his poems. The line, “The grave is death, but our lover is life” from the poem, Sea of Change, underlines his love for life. In Guards and Nurses, he states “We may be aged, But we are not old.” This clearly portrays his zest for life. Green urges us to live life to the fullest without any regrets. In his words from the poem, In Waiting, “Your best years are ahead, so forget past regrets.” 

We get glimpses into his life through his poems. I would like to mention The Record Shop. It is a simple poem that showcases the poet’s joy in discovering a local record store. This poem is uncannily relatable to record aficionados and I say this from experience. I shared it with my father and he loved it.

It seems that Green had been in the army. There are many poems that talk about the pain and futility of war. My favorite among them is Beliefs of the Heart. It not only depicts the fallacy of wars but also gives us hope. Grace Covering is one of the longest poems in this book. Here, the poet gives us a heartfelt glimpse into a soldier’s life. Guards and Nurses is a poem that is noteworthy. The poet paints a picture of utter dehumanization in hospitals and jails. This is one poem that struck a chord with me. 

Green is a masterful poet whose vivid words actually paint a picture for you. I particularly enjoyed the way he depicted dusk in the poem, Crimson Dawn. His words captured my feelings at the end of any day and gave me hope by urging me to trust in God. I also enjoyed his ode to rain in the poem, The Rain

My Sweet Aroma, penned by Timothy Green, is a collection of poems filled with moving pieces. Green’s effortless writing style and his use of simple imageries make this anthology truly remarkable. Timothy Green is one gifted poet who has the ability to empower people through his work. I can’t wait to read more of his astounding pieces. I recommend My Sweet Aroma to poetry lovers. Believers in Jesus Christ will definitely enjoy this beautiful collection. 

Book Details

  • Title: My Sweet Aroma
  • Author: Timothy Green
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Theme: Faith, Love, Life, Nature
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2022
  • Number of Pages: 350
  • Minimum Audience Age: 11

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 1
  • Religious themes: 3
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 0
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 0
  • Other adult themes: 0


  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 5 stars
  • Other factors: 5 stars
  • Overall: 5 out of 5

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By Kajori Sheryl Paul

Reading is my passion, and writing is my compulsion. I started reading from a very early age. Since then, I have not stopped. I have garnered this addiction from my father. I have always loved reading his books. As you can see, books are my world. I escape this world to traverse the world of my books. Naturally, I have an affinity to create worlds of my own. There are thoughts constantly swirling in my head. These are the thoughts that I jot down. Sometimes, they become poems while sometimes stories. More often than not, they are just reviews of the plethora of books I read and the things I do.

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  1. I especially love this quote “We may be aged, But we are not old.” It’s hard to find some joie de vivre mixed with religious content.