Dear Mrs. Christie

Bella Shepard


Dear Mrs. Christie,


You have beguiled, bewitched, bewildered and intrigued me

You have subtly embedded your clues ‘round every corner

And each turn of the page has kept me searching, guessing

Trying to solve the puzzle

I’ve sat with Poirot as he employed the little gray cells

And marveled at Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature

All of your characters have enchanted me

Late night reading, a small bedside lamp casting shadows, creating atmosphere

As I breathlessly turned the pages of a book that I couldn’t put down

I’ve pictured myself along side as they’ve solved the most baffling mysteries

Stories coming to life; plots, places, pastoral and exotic

How did you manage to tell stories of murder with such decorum and finesse?

You’ve captured the heart of the literate world for 56 years

And the love affair goes on

I discovered you in my youth and devoured every book, never satiated

And when I’d read the very last I felt a sense of loss, knowing there would be no more

Now, in my twilight years I long to go back

To start at the beginning and relive that wonderful time of my life

And each day as our world becomes more chaotic and violent

I reach for an old friend, that I may turn the pages

And in doing so, turn back the hands of time

If only within the cover of a book


Thank you Mrs. Christie,


With all my love

  • Author: Bella Shepard (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 27th, 2023 14:24
  • Comment from author about the poem: I find lately that I reach for comfort reading instead of comfort food.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 23


  • Doggerel Dave

    Nostalgia rules, Bella. . And I do understand. It is more than just the tale, it also takes you back to the time of your first reading I get that directly from your poem.

    (Coincidence? On Sunday my partner 'confessed' to be reading an Agatha C. On Monday a radio discussion re updating, making her books more PC. On Tuesday you write a very coherent poem on the same subject....)

    • Bella Shepard

      Thank you dear friend. There is something so special about her fiction. I fell in love with Poirot from the beginning, and when David Suchet took over the role for the Poirot series I was in heaven. I read those books so many years ago, and the thought of rereading gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. I so enjoy sharing the nostalgia, whishing you the best of days.

    • orchidee

      Good write Bella.

    • Neville

      What a delightful & unexpected find this mane my friend .. I fully appreciate each of the sentiments you have incorporated throughout this literary prose .. and both wholly subscribe to and likewise endorse the admission in your authors notes ............ Neville 🙂

      • Bella Shepard

        Thank you dear Neville, this one was very special for me. Something about the time frame in which she wrote makes me wish I could have experienced it. As for the comfort books, I find they are more satisfying and have far less calories. Have a good one my friend, whatever time it may be there.

      • Fay Slimm.

        I have to say SNAP after viewing this verse dear Bella - - so clearly written has described my needs of late to re-read earlier favourites and why not indeed -- it has really roused me to seek again the famous A. Christy and her baffling mysteries .

        • Bella Shepard

          I love your reference to SNAP, it's right on the money. This past weekend I had the privelege of attending a performance of the stage adaptation of "Murder On The Oriend Express". I couldn't image how this could be done on stage with a sense of realism, but I was blown away. The actor who played Poirot was superb, as was the rest of the cast. I also got to enjoy this with my daughter which made it doubly good. I'm now diving deep into Agatha Christie Land and finding such a place of tranquility and dare I say comfort. Thank you dear Fay, I always feel I am in tune with a kindred spirit when I read your comments. A toast to our reading delight!

        • sorenbarrett

          Dear Bella this fits for me as well although I substituted the tales of Sherlock Holmes. They bring back memories and emotions of the past.

          • Bella Shepard

            Thank you my friend for reading and sharing your nostalgia for the "detective". I started reading Sherlock Holmes in high school, and for my 17th birthday was given a volume of the complete works which I cherished. I made the huge mistake 15 years later of lending it to someone who never gave it back. I think when I've finished rereading Christie, I'll start on Conon Doyle again which should take me well into my dotage.

          • L. B. Mek

            easily one of the best characters in literary history
            not just in a single genre
            and David Suchet was born for that role
            just a great dedication, dear poet
            makes me want to watch an episode
            'Murder in the Mews' a fav
            (if Poirot switched sides...,
            a scary thought lol)

            • Bella Shepard

              Ooo, you've made a wonderful viewing suggestion. And you are so right about David Suchet. I feel a Poirot film festival coming up with one of the greatest. Thank you my wonderful friend for this lovely comment!!

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