The Poems of Lilly Gellé, my grandmother.
I had held on to these poems for years and finally typed them up. I was amazed at our talented my grandmother Lilly Gellé really was! These 84 poems were written from the 1940s to the 1960s and talk about love, faith, gods, fairies, humanity, travel and especially, her life in Hungary taking the reader through the history of her homeland including Attila the Hun, and onto the the Pustza, the Great Plains of Hungary. Several of the poems were actually written in her native tongue and had to be translated.
Born Lillian Miriam Geller, Lilly Gellé grew up as a Jewish girl in Hajdúszoboszló, Hungary where her parents owned a store. A free spirit, Lilly had a will of her own and was eventually sent to America as a young woman to be married to another Hungarian, Dr. Eugene Schiemann. The couple had two daughters, Barbara and Elizabeth. They divorced in 1951. Still searching, Lilly looked for meaning in different ways; different faiths, different lifestyles, different worlds – from the old to the new. She was an accomplished musician, playing the piano dressed in her traditional Hungarian attire, singing traditional songs from her homeland. She was also an accomplished artist and writer. She died in March of 1985 in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 78.
The book will be published by Gabriel’s Horn Press on August 15, 2019. I look forward to sharing these with all of you.