Publishing a collection of original rhymes is,
without doubt, an indication of egotism on the part of the author.
People who buy verse are considered as "intelligentsia" by the ordinary
citizen. The rhymes in this collection were written by an ordinary
citizen for the enjoyment of ordinary citizens. The author does not
expect to become financially independent through returns from the sale
of this publication.
What, then, motivates the author? To experience the
thrill of seeing his brain child in print is probably the chief
incentive. There is also the dubious satisfaction of presenting to his
many friends a birthday or Christmas gift completely personal and
thoroughly unique. Whether or not it is a welcome acquisition is beside
In a small way, the verses as dated provide a rough
pattern of the writer's lifetime and a glimpse of his thoughts through a
period of more than fifty years. In doing so, they provide the writer
with a nostalgic reminder of many people and places that would otherwise
be lost to him in the hazy unreality of the past.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
RUTH JOCELYN WATTLES
(Better Known as R.J.)
This Book Is Affectionately
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