January 18 , 2011



This book of poetry is the beginning of the culmination of a promise that Alma L. C. Jones, (“Mrs. Alma”) a beloved educator, made to her students before she retired.She had always told her “babies”, as she called her students, that she would write a book one day, after retiring – thus, the volume that you hold in your hands. 

This book is comprised of sketches from a myriad of memories, events, and people who have shaped Alma into who she is.Of course, as with any literary work, it contains a healthy dose of ideas from the wonderful world of her “what if” imagination. Lastly, but most importantly, since she has always had an intimate relationship with GOD, she has shared with you, some of the joys of that relationship. She has painted for you some of the most painful, poignant and soul stirring moments in her life.While our viewpoint may be different from hers, no one can read this volume of poetry and not be touched by the brush strokes of feeling that flowed from this poet’s pen. 

While she is a novice to writing poetry, Alma is an old hand at loving it!She fondly remembers the thought provoking discussions that took place in her junior high English class and in her high school literature class.She says that she loved the feeling of being able to walk through the chambers of a poet’s mind and of being able to view the world from his/her perspective.Taking the poet’s thought processes and figuring out possible hidden meanings was another aspect of reading poetry that she enjoyed and still does.

She enjoys literary creating, whether it is poetry, journal articles, etc., because writing is a catharsis for her, owing to the fact that she can share her deepest thoughts about beings and events (both positive and negative) that have helped to shape her aura into that of the person that we know as Alma Jones.

Among the treasures that you will find in this volume are an encouragement to beginning poets (page 14); a poem of loving praise to her FATHER (Page 31-32); an admonition to keep on believing (pages 42 and 47); the telling of the devastating house fire that she and her family endured (pages 48-53); a tribute to her adopted grandmother, for whom this book was entitled (page 54);reference to her guardian angel (page 59); her astonishment at seeing a wasp, a butterfly and a bumblebee huddled together on the trunk of a car (page 71-72); discourse on mankind getting along (page74); a verse on dealing with bullies and using it to your advantage (page 77-78); a poem on dealing with the “hard task masters” in your life (page 80-82); the noted poem, The Work That You Have Done (page 85); a tribute to Sis. Mary K. Boggs (page 89); and a plea for unity for this country (page 90).

This book is the first of several that Alma plans to write, among which are: an anthology of short stories, her memoirs, a ladies inspirational book, a book of encouragement for preacher’s wives, and two other anthologies of poetry.It is evident that her motto of: “Doing What I Can While I Can” seems to keep “Mrs. Alma”, as she is affectionately referred to by her former students, thoroughly engaged. 

 The following are excerpts from several of her favorites found within this volume: 

I’d talk about my emotions

When I was on the mountain top


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