Monday, November 2, 2020

For Opal: My Book of Poetry

Now Available the Kindle!

When I was seven

I found heaven

my grandmother's house

I was the city mouse.

With a large bed just for me

not one bed, shared by three

awake each morning

to a bird song melody.

Peace and quiet

and a pancake diet

amid the flowers and the trees

I explored every nook and cranny.

A crowing rooster, cows, and chickens

I helped out in the barn and the kitchen

a sewing lesson with needle and thread

soon exhausted, I curled up in my large bed.

Snakes and storms, roses and thorns

homemade ice cream and fresh corn

my escape from a family of seven

Grandma's Earthly home was heaven.

  Yolanda Renée (C) 2020


Coming Soon!

In paperback

For Opal is a collection of poems written in memory of Lilly Opal Stansberry, my grandmother, and the inspiration for my writing. These poems portray a moment in time. Highlighting love, loss, tragedy, and survival. A few done just for fun and several that have a murderous slant. But they are all a small picture of life. Some are real and others pure fiction.

Before she passed, I promised her I would publish a book of poetry. This is that promise kept. Publication date November 2nd - would have been her 108th birthday.

I'm under no illusion, a poet I am not, but each verse has meaning for me.

Maybe it will strike a chord for you too!


Anyone willing to do a blog post for my poetry book. Let me know. I'll send you a copy and we can discuss the subject. 

Or a simple shout out would be most appreciated.


Elephant's Child said...

Precious, precious memories.
Thank you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...


Susan Kane said...

What a tribute to your grandmother Opal's legacy!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Yolanda - I'm so pleased you've achieved your goal ... and you and Opal will be in each other's thoughts - wherever she is now ... yes life, loss, love and nature - all the things a granddaughter experiences ... love the feel of it. Be at peace today of all days - Hilary

Denise Covey said...

Well done, my lady. A beautiful tribute to a special person. I look forward to reading it!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yay for you! What a lovely promise to keep!

Pat Hatt said...

Great tribute indeed. A place to go to escape for a while is grand especially when it's your grandmothers.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Makes me miss my own grandmas :(

Chrys Fey said...

Congratulations on your poetry book! That's exciting. :) And that poem is a lovely tribute. Thanks for sharing it with us.