This collection of poems represent only a fraction of the poems Myrtle Vorst Sheppard wrote over the years from 1932 until 1972. Most were written during the 1940s to 1960s when her interests turned to other things. Most are her selections made while she had the strength to work at it. Some I selected from the many she hadn't gotten to.
Almost all were sold to magazines and publishers as is noted at bottom of each page. Recognition to such is intended to be given, all of whom have consented to this printing. They were reprinted in hundreds of other publications which was impossible to note. It should be remembered in passing that many were leading publications of that day. Farm Journal, later combined with Farmer's Wife had the largest circulation of any magazine at that time. Good Housekeeping was the leading women's magazine. This is to mention only two of them.
That they have, most of them, a religious tone, came from her heart. She had a deep abiding faith in God, His goodness, and his Love. She lived it each day in her spirit, her mind and her deeds. She loved the world about her, especially the countryside and each growing living thing. The words of the poems bear witness to all of that.
It was my priviledge to have been her husband for just short of forty-two years. They were years of love and happiness. Each and everyone of them.
I hope that those of you who read the poems will enjoy them and find your spirits lifted; I am sure you will.
Fred A. Sheppard