I have had the pleasure of knowing Verna virtually ever since my editor introduced us. A retired English teacher, I have had the honor of working with her on novels and poems. When I first read this poem, "Sailing Away," included in her newest poetry book, it felt so familiar because she captures the writing experience perfectly. Her poetry is fun, insightful, and inspirational. Enjoy!
Verna Cole Mitchell
While looking to be entertained
One snowy, wintry day,
I climbed aboard a brand new book
And slowly sailed away.
Some sandwiches of ham and cheese,
I took along with me,
As well as cookies, just fresh baked,
With thermos of spiced tea.
I traveled in a leisure way
With author at the helm.
She piloted her words with skill
Through a romantic realm.
I visited some gorgeous sites
Through great descriptive writing
And lingered there for quite awhile
Till came scenes more exciting.
Suspense and danger, found I next
With feisty girl in trouble,
Until the handsome hero came
And saved her on the double.
I loved the characters I met
Although they weren’t perfect.
They prayed, receiving help from God
To guide them through each conflict.
It saddened me to reach the end
Of my exciting trip,
So searched I for another book
To be my sailing ship.