Telling stories with spiritual poetry

January 11, 2009|By CHRIS COPLEY

Ginny Burdette was in the grocery store one day when an unfamiliar man stepped up to her.

"He said, 'Do you remember me?'" Burdette recalled during an interview at The Herald-Mail. "'When you used to go to church and read your poems, it changed my life.'"

Burdette, 52, a lifelong Tri-State resident, has recently published her first volume of poetry, "Ginny's Book of Poetry." Many of the poems are religious in nature.

For Burdette, stories like her encounter with the man in the grocery store explain the power of poetry.

"If I can just bring a little bit of joy into someone's life, that's enough for me," she said. "Spiritual poetry helps you to keep a positive attitude. We're all seeking for something - spiritual knowledge, positive knowledge, something to help get us through life."


Burdette is a survivor. She has an easy laugh, but her gravelly voice and wise eyes reflect a life of hard knocks.

"I'm not a Christian," she emphasized, "but I believe in God. Poetry for me - it's like meditating. When I get angry, I read my poetry."

Burdette said she's been writing poetry since she was a teenager. The poems in her first book were written about nine years ago. Then she met and befriended Janet Johnson at House of Grace in Chambersburg, Pa. Johnson encouraged Burdette to get her poems published. When Burdette learned about PublishAmerica, a Frederick, Md.-based book publisher that helps authors publish their manuscripts, she completed her first book. She's now planning her second book of poetry and a couple children's books after that.

Burdette says she hopes her poems can inspire others, like the man in the grocery.

"Poetry has a lot of meaning, whether it is Christian poetry or not," she said. "We are living in perilous times. There's rapid increases in crime, murder. My belief in God and in the Bible help me make it through."

If you go ...

WHAT: Book signing by Ginny Burdette, author of "Ginny's Book of Poetry"

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. today

WHERE: The Appletree Inn, 3320 National Pike, west of Hancock

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: Call 301-678-5541

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