Jasper’s 93-year-old poet releases third book
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 22, 2014 | 790 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local poet Eva Nell Brown Naramore never knows what will inspire her.

In 2010, she penned several stanzas about 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days

Her latest collection of work, “Honey from the Heart,” contains poems about love, nature, patriotism, hope and heartaches.

Naramore, now 93, has been writing since she was a teenager. Some of her favorite books when she was learning to read were Mother Goose rhymes.

“I’ve spent my life writing because I love it,” Naramore said.

Her poetry has appeared in religious-based collegiate publications, cookbooks and newspapers, in addition to other sources. She has also been asked to write special pieces for weddings and funerals.

Her other books of poetry include “Smiles and Tears Through the Years,” which was self-published in 1978, and “Under His Wings,” an inspirational hardback that came out in 2005.

Oklahoma-based musician Russell Sharp recently set 12 of her poems to music at her request. Several of her songs have already been included in sacred song books.

Naramore is a Walker County native, born to Manley and Eula Brown. She and her late husband, Elmer, had five children together.

She worked as a substitute teacher for 14 years.

Naramore is a member of Sixth Avenue Church of Christ, where she taught a ladies Bible class for many years.

Naramore cites Helen Steiner Rice as one of the poets who has inspired her.

After a lifetime of writing, Naramore has come to accept that her own muse is unpredictable.

“Somebody may ask me to write about something. I always say, ‘I don’t know if I can or not, but we’ll see about it.’ It might be midnight or any time in the morning. I never know,” she said.

Naramore said although she is hoping for good sales from the new book, making a profit is not her ultimate goal.

“My aim is to fulfill mission and leave something behind me that will help others,” she said.

“Honey from the Heart” is available through Amazon and Books-a-Million.

“Good Morning, America”

Good morning, America. What a beautiful day,

With sunshine of Autumn, as the fog clears away.

Today may we treasure the beauty we see,

And dream for tomorrow what we want it to be.