"Elly Vasak is our local Poet Laureate. Whether she is writing for a specific occasion or from her alert observation of life, her poems warm your heart and bring a smile to your lips." Betty St. George
"Gracious, charming, witty, and talented. Select any subject matter and within an hour Elly Vasak can create a beautiful poem! Such creative imagination ... she is simply brilliant." Diane Snow
"These thought-provoking verses by Elly Vasak offer great insight into the hearts and minds of those now enjoying the glowing sunset of their lives. It's a must-read for anyone now residing in a retirement community." Jack Sorrelle
"Her poems reflect life as we see it from the perspective of an older generation." Bob Steinkraus
"A spotlight, a drum roll for the authoress who in poetry can express sensitivity with humor. We've found one in Elly Vasak, much to our enjoyment." Russ & Gay Bowen
The Search for the Elusive Wild Fritillary
As I walked in the meadow one lovely Spring day,
I watched all the dozens of wild grasses sway.
I looked at the wild flowers, examined each one.
I'd searched far and near (I never was done)
For the one special flower, like a sprite or a fairy,
'Twas elusive and hidden, the wild Fritillary.
I was eating a peach as I passed a wild thicket,
I tossed in the pit, and my eyes seemed to follow,
I caught a quick glimpse of red--could it be?
I got down on my knees and I crawled in to see.
In the midst of the thicket, almost hid by the leaves
Was a delicate flower in the rich loamy earth.
I was stunned, and I found it so hard to believe!
'Twas a wild Fritillary, my searching had worth.
It was red with gray mottling and shaped like a lily,
Or a bell that was nodding, getting ready to ring.
The deep shade around it was gathering fast,
But my dream had come true, my heart started to sing.
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