A GREAT-grandmother who spent years scribbling poems onto old cereal packets is to have her hidden works published.
Pensioner Romy Evans, from Caerwys, spent years jotting verses inspired by people and events in her life, on scraps of paper and old cereal boxes.
The moving collection remained hidden for decades in a bag in a kitchen drawer.
But now – after a family friend asked to read them – her works have been collated into a book.
Mrs Evans, 79, said her mother – who died when she was three – had also written poetry, but she did not know if her poetry knack came from her.
“I don’t know what made me write,” she said.
“Some things are about real things and some aren’t.
“They came to me all of a sudden. I would sort of make it up in my mind before I wrote them.”
Mrs Evans, who will be 80 in October, worked with her husband on their dairy farm in Pen-y-Cefn and four children and more than 100 cows meant she was often too busy to do much writing.
But she did find time to mark some real life events and to dream up other imaginary events when the inspiration struck.
Family occasions often provided material and one poem offers advice to her grandchildren.
An extract reads: “Walk softly when you are angry, Try not to take offence, Invoke your sense of humour, Laughter’s power is immense. Express what you are feeling, Your beliefs you should uphold, Don’t shy away from what is right, Be courageous and be bold.”
She also wrote some funny and some thought provoking poems, as well as some to celebrate births and other important events.
Former Caerwys community councillor George Gallagher said it was Mrs Evans’ daughter Miriam Jones who told him about her mother’s secret poetry.
He said: “I’d done a bit of writing for my grandchildren and then Miriam said ‘my mum wrote some lovely poetry.”
He asked if he could see the poems and was invited to Romy’s home.
“The poems were on all these scraps of paper and old cereal packets or the backs of old greetings cards,” he said.
“They were lovely. And I just thought it would be such a shame if anything happened to them.”
So George typed up the poems, made them into a book and produced several volumes for the family.
And although Romy said her poetry-writing days are over, she did agree to write one final poem for the collection.