This book of poetry, Stillness of Heart, is Eric Schmidt’s first published work as a poet. The book reflects his attempt to distinguish the different avenues love can take in a person’s life. These poems reveal all the different stages of love: the happy and sad, pleasure and pain, even honor and respect. Some of his poems discover the pain and despair love can bring into a person’s life. Other poems talk about the love of friendship. Some declare the love felt for a spouse or a child. Once you’ve read the poems, reflect on your own life and the love found within it. Eric’s hope is that some of these poems will aid you in that self-reflection.