of a Psalmist
confesses to being a lifelong
Psalmist. Don't confuse her with a “palmist” who attempts to tell your
fortune by reading your palm. She doesn't read palms; she composes psalms.
From her childhood she has
been articulating in verse her life experiences and God-experiences throughout
the spring and summer of her long life. Her anthologies and books of
contemporary poetry attest to her prolific output. Although her primary genre of
writing for publication is non-fiction, she has always thought and expressed
herself in poetry that reflects her own style.
You will not mistake Leona's
poetry for run-of-the-mill rhymed and metered greeting card verse. She takes her
own path less traveled by writing contemporary free verse full of similes,
metaphors, figurative language and poetic devices. Her point is never obscure or
preachy. You never wonder what she is getting at. You will find her poems
definitely memorable and quotable.
This collection is unique in
that it expresses Leona's life observations during her joyful autumn years, what
she calls her calendar-challenged season. She writes from her life “summit”
as she terms it. These are definitely “vintage Leona” compositions, her
hymnbook of “Psalms to the King.” Many are unsophisticated prayers about
ordinary matters and dialogues with God reflective of her accumulated wisdom as
a nonagenarian. At times whimsical, then pensive, then humorous about a
potpourri of topics, her poems stem from her encounters with life at her
personal harvest time—the best wine appears to have been saved until last.
Like a harvester, she has
gathered together for this volume some of the most encored of her
“psalms-poems” which she has shared through the years on her radio broadcast
Living it Up and the favorites of viewers
of her popular blog: leonachoy.blogspot.com.
She offers to the reader “Psalms of Wisdom, Psalms of My Heritage, of My Private World, of The Spirit, of Creation, and of My Wordsmithing.” Your appetite will be stimulated for more when you savor a sample from this gathering of Leona's harvest psalms. You can tell she delights in Psalming!
Check out COMBO SPECIALS for a CD of Leona reading some of her poetry as found in this book.