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11/26/2023 Did We Notice 54 Rhyme
11/18/2023 Visits from Heaven 395 Rhyme
11/17/2023 The Watcher from the Door 79 Rhyme
11/14/2023 The Castle's Mysteries Nursery Rhyme 98 Rhyme
11/06/2023 His Sweet Gift 64 Rhyme
10/19/2023 12 Days of Christmas Memories San Francisco California 1960's 331 Lyric
10/14/2023 We Wait For Thee 134 Rhyme
10/14/2023 The Celestial Ring 61 Rhyme
10/08/2023 The 12 Days of Yuletide In the Desert Southwest 319 Verse
10/08/2023 All That I Can Offer 193 Rhyme
08/18/2023 An Odd Recognition 186 Rhyme
08/15/2023 Youthful Days of Gold 194 Rhyme
08/11/2023 Prayer For the Broken Hearted 272 Rhyme
08/11/2023 Everywhere 100 Rhyme
08/07/2023 Forever My Love 211 Rhyme
08/06/2023 Hear Now the Father's Lullaby 129 Rhyme
08/06/2023 Truncated Roads of Promise 88 Rhyme
07/27/2023 Dragon of the Desert 109 Rhyme
07/23/2023 The Love That Woos My Soul 151 Rhyme
07/17/2023 Look Ahead 142 Rhyme
07/13/2023 Diamonds 238 Rhyme
06/27/2023 The Spring 255 Rhyme
06/16/2023 Faved Poems In My Favorites a Treasure Trove of Joy 171 Rhyme
06/13/2023 A Collaboration Memorial Poem of Life For Harry Horseman 163 Rhyme
06/12/2023 Race Against Time 86 Haiku
05/26/2023 Song of River's Daughter 423 Rhyme
05/26/2023 Earth 314 Rhyme
05/25/2023 Shades of Crimson 301 Haiku
05/25/2023 Her Spinning Hues 256 Haiku
05/25/2023 The Beat That Leads My Heart To Peace 504 Rhyme
05/24/2023 The Tide 228 Rhyme
05/24/2023 Our Weekend To Remember 224 Rhyme
05/18/2023 Condolences and Prayers 454 Rhyme
05/17/2023 Brooks 427 Rhyme
05/14/2023 To the Broken Hearted Mothers 539 Rhyme
05/14/2023 A Mother's Day Poem To My Aunt a Repost 508 Rhyme
05/14/2023 Urn of Golden Memories 510 Rhyme
05/09/2023 A Fortune Cookie 446 Rhyme
05/09/2023 A Daughter's Heart On Mother's Day 666 Rhyme
04/01/2023 The Cost of Words Not Cheap 611 Rhyme
03/30/2023 Dreamy Skies 566 Rhyme
03/30/2023 I'Ll Sing You a Song 423 Rhyme
03/29/2023 Sweeter Than Sweets Family Love Easter Treats 417 Rhyme
03/23/2023 Butterfly Garden 440 Rhyme
03/23/2023 A Butterfly's Kiss 484 Rhyme
03/22/2023 My Beloved Linda 506 Rhyme
03/21/2023 Miss D and Me 551 Rhyme
03/21/2023 Happy World Poetry Day Dear Poets 405 Rhyme
03/20/2023 The Eyes Have It 434 Rhyme
03/20/2023 True Family 373 Rhyme
03/19/2023 The Sanctuary 381 Rhyme
03/19/2023 Oh, God 326 Rhyme
03/11/2023 Meeews 408 Rhyme
03/11/2023 A Vow a Ring a Holy Thing 394 Rhyme
03/06/2023 Father Take Us By the Hand 433 Rhyme
03/06/2023 Cruisin' Poets Town 364 Rhyme
03/02/2023 Snow Capped Wonder 491 Haiku
02/01/2023 Span of a Hens Life 703 Rhyme
01/27/2023 Eyes of the Beholders 580 Choka
01/27/2023 Owl Outa Luck 383 Haiku
01/25/2023 Old Red 346 Acrostic
01/24/2023 Peace Washes Over 322 Rhyme
01/24/2023 Swords 438 Rhyme
01/24/2023 The Sunshine Has Come Out To Play 228 Rhyme
01/23/2023 Yesterdays 325 Rhyme
01/23/2023 Jealous of Yesterday 254 Rhyme
01/23/2023 Naomi 262 Rhyme
01/22/2023 Resurrected Graves of Memory 298 Rhyme
01/22/2023 Eye In the Clouds 342 Rhyme
01/20/2023 Near As Our Prayers 238 Rhyme
01/19/2023 Skiing 194 Acrostic
01/19/2023 His Gift 234 Rhyme
01/17/2023 Whistle Train Off In the Way 443 Rhyme
01/14/2023 Last Time 401 Rhyme
01/03/2023 A Tea Infused With Love 408 Rhyme
01/01/2023 Our Memories of You Live 497 Rhyme
01/01/2023 Petals In My Pocket 537 Rhyme
12/28/2022 Adieu, Adieu 462 Rhyme
12/05/2022 Wasn'T It Just Yesterday 400 Rhyme
12/05/2022 Barbie 348 Rhyme
12/03/2022 Urgent Prayer For My Sister 367 Rhyme
11/29/2022 Aloft a Tune of Yesterday 670 Rhyme
11/09/2022 Humanity's Gift 462 Rhyme
11/09/2022 Grandma's Gifts 465 Rhyme
11/09/2022 An Eye Toward Creation and a Merrier Future 265 Rhyme
11/09/2022 Autumn Petals 320 Rhyme
10/18/2022 Look Up 641 Rhyme
10/17/2022 Golden One, Sweet Connie 140 Rhyme
10/15/2022 Footloose N Fancy Free 317 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Mother 208 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Mighty River 194 Rhyme
10/04/2022 She Shines 143 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Rues To Muse 290 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Oh, Muse 285 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Your Grave 179 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Emily's Pen, Again 149 Rhyme
10/04/2022 Beyond Earth's Trend 330 Rhyme
09/26/2022 45th Wedding Anniversary 312 Rhyme
09/26/2022 Majestic Clouds 388 Haiku
09/26/2022 Paid In Full 335 Rhyme
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Quote Left My Pen In tears and sorrow It would be When I lay down My pen If never I could Cleanse my Heart through Poetry again. Quote Right
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Quote Left It is as deep as an ocean is wide As powerful as the evening tide The words surge forth and ebb again The poets heart, flows through a pen Quote Right
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BJ Legros Kelley is a United States poet who resides in the Southwest region of the United States, within the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Born in Buffalo New York, and living in Tonawanda, New York till she was two and a half years old, BJ spent her youngest years living directly across the street from the Niagra River. The beauty that the Legros Family enjoyed from their home at that time was that of a clear view of the river that bordered Canada. BJ's family at that time consisted of her father, mother, three older sisters, an older brother and a well-loved cousin Johnny, who was three years older than she. Johnny was to BJ her closest older sibling and was thought to be more of a brother to her than a cousin in her early life. John's father Alex also resided in the Legros home, as close to her as a second daddy in her youngest days.

BJ also had a very special aunt who frequented the family home along with her husband Andrew. The poet is very honored to be the namesake of her special Aunt 'Betty', who was always thought of as a second mother to all of the Legros children.

The summer of 1962 the Legros Family, her Uncle Alex, Cousin Johnny, Aunt Betty and Uncle Andy, trekked West in a caravan of three vehicles pulling three trailers to their new home of the state of California. They traversed the entire length of US Route 66, all the way from Chicago to Santa Monica. Though BJ has very few memories of the trip, she has long been a fan of the Mother Road, later making the trip numerous times in her young life with her family as they went 'Back East' to visit friends and family who still resided in New York and Pennsylvania.

BJ's family and her beloved Uncle Alex and Cousin Johnny parted ways when her parents and siblings moved to Northern California, settling in the San Francisco Bay area, while cousin John and his dad settled in Fresno, where the widowed Alex met and married his second wife.

The beloved Aunt Betty and Uncle Andy settled in S Cal, and the children suffered some deep sadness in the space which lay between these special close-knit relatives, especially Betty Jo, who had lost her closest aged sibling. This was a move that resonated throughout the lives of these children. BJ has written about this dear 'brother' yet 'cousin' in some of her poems.

In the fall of 1963, BJ became a big sister to her precious younger sister, whom she has written about in her poems "Little Sister Sunshine' as well as in 'The Little Flower Children'. BJ always considered her baby sister to be her first baby, though she is only four years her senior. Little sister Sunshine was the Legros family's California baby girl, BJ's Blossom of the Sea :)

The Legros family, despite the sadness of living further away from their special relatives, soon settled quite happily in the beautiful Bay Area of the early 1960's, in the city of Milpitas. The city was surrounded by orchard's, beautiful old farms and ranches. The area provided much fishing and game; everything was beautiful, and joy was plentiful. The large family enjoyed bountiful harvests from the earth in their sweet, safe, happy, diverse, and friendly small adopted 'hometown' as they have often recalled it fondly, this was before it was ever known as the Silicon Valley :) Back then, though called 'The City of Milpitas' the children easily traversed the city limits within an hour or less along with their beautiful collie 'Lady' on her walks. The children loved their schools and enjoyed the little church. BJ attended church with her big sisters as a tagalong, while their parents enjoyed a Sunday morning break from the children. It was there, at that church, that BJ first found faith in Jesus as her Savior; in her young mind, 'by accident'. Sunday School was filled with fun and songs, but the church service she found unbearable as she tried not to fidget on the hard wooden pew. Her sister (AKA Lil' Mama), Mary Anne, sent BJ forward, but not for an alter call. Much to the astonishment of the preacher. When she went forward, she rather disrupted the church service, interrupting the pastor in the middle of his sermon, all on a childhood whim. At the confused glance of this pastor, BJ gave him the 'Come hither' motion with her hand as she looked up into his eyes, bidding him to bend down to her. When he did, she whispered in his ear that she wanted to ask Jesus to come and live in her heart.  BJ at that time believed this was simply another childhood 'performance.' She was used to acting in small plays presented in their garage 'theater' and directed and managed by older sister Mary.  The children in the neighborhood loved to attend their little theater, so, BJ was not expecting anything, but an impromptu performance! She was only five or six years old at that time. The pastor then announced what she had whispered to the whole church and ended the Sunday teaching on that note. As the pastor prayed with her, BJ felt an uncanny joy flood through her heart. She has long remembered that experience. Though she hadn't thought much about God, or Jesus, besides grace before meals and her bedtime child's prayer before sleep at that time, she came to learn, that Jesus took that prayer seriously. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Even though BJ later wandered from that early faith, she often felt that He was always near to her, delivering her safely on when she faced extreme difficulties in the ensuing years. In her mid to late teens, BJ truly found a faith in Him again, as shared in her poem 'Child of the King'.

Though the Legros family faced difficulties, such as the illness of Barbara, they had much joy in their community, they all had many friends. Sadly, this came to an end in July of 1968 when their dad decided it was time to relocate. The traffic was growing worse, the taxes were creeping higher, and so the family home was put up for sale. It sold quickly bringing in a whopping $28,000, and thus providing the funds to buy a new home and begin construction of a brand-new house in their new state of Arizona. The family was incredibly sorrowful as they drove away from that beloved small town of so long ago. Everything changed in a heartbeat.

It was after the move to the desert southwest that BJ began to experience more sorrow than she had ever known. She missed her friends, teachers, school, simply everything she had known in her old hometown. BJ's sister Barbara soon left home and went back to California within three weeks of settling into their new home. Barbara had battled Crohn's Disease from the time that she was thirteen years old, so everyone was worried for her health, as well as losing the sweet companionship of a truly wonderful daughter/sister was incredibly difficult.                                                                                           

Barbabra returned a year later with her new husband. It was then that she realized that BJ was no longer the child she had been before the move. Barbara became very close and a dear friend to BJ, her sister nine years her younger. It was during that time that Barbara introduced the great works of poetry to her young sister. BJ found expressions in the poems from the great poets comforting and helpful in sharing her own heart through poetry.

The Poet was born. 

Since that time BJ has written hundreds and hundreds (AND hundreds) of poems. Her sixth-grade poem 'Out in the Desert Late at Night' was highlighted and much honored by her sixth-grade English teacher Mrs. Sears, who posted BJ's poem on the schoolroom window of their classroom until the end of the school year! That was a launching of confidence in Betty Jo's young heart.

 Some of her poems have been shared in such publishing's as The Tucson Citizen, The Good News Communications Newspaper where she was offered the position of Editor of Poetry by the editor of that time, Adam Colewell. Regrettably, she turned that position down as she was at that time contemplating a move to another state. She was incredibly busy running a household during that time with her husband with their, at that time, five children.                                                     

BJ's works have appeared under several pen names, although not all of her writings are poetic works. Her pen names include Emma Leigh LeChene, as well as Emily Lechene, chosen for the similarity to her paternal grandmother's first and maiden names.

Her works include published chapters in two books in a collaboration with the works of the Author/Editor Cheryl Ellicott of .Sweetwater Still Publishing

BJ has also written poems in various online communities and poetry groups. BJ discovered Poetrysoup in 2020 and has since had her works published in the PoetrySoup anthologies, PS: It's Poetry, as well as PS: It's Still Poetry. She has been involved in poetry contests and has hosted and judged many poetry contests during her time with the wonderful community of PoetrySoup.

BJ lives with her beloved husband of almost 46 years, and they have eight children, some who are biological, some were chosen through adoption. She loves them all to the moon and back <3 The Kelleys are the grandparents of thirteen beautiful grandchildren.