|Poems written by Lea N Hork, 1954|
I do not have a collection of letters, a diary, or journal that any of my female ancestors left. However, I have some typed stories and poems my mother, Lela Nell Johnston, wrote. They were simple stories, told by a young author. I imagine my mother wanted to write more but with six young children, I doubt she could find the time.
Her favorite time of the day to do things for herself was between 4 and 6 AM. She would get up with my father who had to be at work by 4:30 and then would have all that quiet time alone until us kids got up for school around 6:30 or 7:00 AM. Then she would then fix us a hot breakfast of oatmeal or cream of wheat.
What I have here today are three of her poems written in the same year I was born. They are typewritten using a red ribbon! I didn't know there was such a thing in 1954. I remember the typewriter. It was a small manual that sat in a case with a lid. I remember typing on it until I got an electric typewriter for Christmas. The keys would jamb if you typed too fast.
Of the three poems, I like "Everything, but this" best. Poetry has never been my favorite, but my sisters like them and have written some themselves.
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