No Eva, they never will

first_img Email the author Published 3:02 pm Friday, August 6, 2010 Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell No Eva, they never will Latest Stories You Might Like Photography exhibit chronicles history The newest exhibit at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy offers a unique opportunity to see our local… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The first time I remember Eva McLelland was a decade or more go when she called to ask if we would be interested in running one of her poems in the newspaper.“Let me read you one,” she said. She read it, and then she questioned me on it.“What did that poem mean to you?” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Then one day she asked me to come out to her “ranch” near Goshen. The ranch house was a trailer, filled with boxes. I couldn’t tell if she was moving in or out. I left with some poems she had written but stopped short of saying that we could run them in the newspaper.Enough time passed that I was surprised to hear her voice on the telephone. Excitedly, she told me that she had won a poetry contest. It was a prestigious honor. She has been invited to the presentation ceremony, if I remember right, in California. But her husband wouldn’t agree to let her go.I didn’t know she had a husband.She said that he didn’t like to be around people. Eccentric, reclusive.When I went out to read the information about the poetry award she was to receive, Eva’s husband appeared at the edge of a wooded area. At a glace, he appeared to be wearing a shirt and boots.I didn’t find that too surprising.Surprising was being met at the door by a man in his birthday suit yelling, “Welcome aboard!”I took it all in stride.Eva said her husband stayed in the woods often to hide from the helicopters that flew over looking for him.I wanted to ask who was looking for him and why but I thought better of that.Eva didn’t go to the awards ceremony and that was a great disappointment. I told her that I would have left Tarzan in the trees and left on the next fast train west.“Boxes” brought to mind the times Eva hung up the phone in the middle of a poem because the phone was “bugged.” I thought that was odd but, looking back on it, ifNik was Howard Hughes, or thought he was, he had reason to think the phone was bugged and to hide in the woods.“Boxes” is an interesting read. And, I couldn’t help but think, now this could be … no … … maybe. But truth is often stranger than fiction.And, if Eva McLelland’s story is true and the real Howard Hughes was living right here among us then true is stranger than fiction.But whether the story is true or not, I think Eva believed it to be.That’s what I “get” from her poem, “Joys of Yesteryears – Today’s New Sorrows.”Joys of yesteryearsAre today’s new sorrows.Ne’er for one moment, add timeThat one borrows.Hold fast to the beliefThat in one moment of relief,Time reverts to predestiny –To erase a present calamity,And set everything straightBefore it’s too late.“Will they ever believe me?” she asked.“No. They never will,” he answered.It’s too late, she wrote. Honestly, I had half listened so I stumbled with an answer. I could tell that she was disappointed and I was sorry that I had not listened.“Do you have another?”That time I listened.Over the next few months, Eva called often. “I’ve got another poem.” I listened with both ears. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits A friend gave me a bumper sticker that read: Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story.Why she gave it to me, don’t know.But I thought of that last night when I was reading “Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes.” What a great story, the truth not withstanding. Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

"No Eva, they never will"