by Paul Steele
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MacLellan is not your average retiree. Reg is known to be a painter,
a singer, a gardener and a very active volunteer (with such organizations
as the Red Cross and his local Legion). He lives in Summerside
with his wife of 52 years, Robbie. They have five children: Theresa,
Ellen, Paula, Billy and Heather. He worked for Island Tel for
some 37 years before retiring in 1988. One of Reg’s newest
past times is to write poetry. In November of 2004, Reg released
his first book of poetry entitled Jottings of A Kitchen Poet.
are a few words from Reg, the poet, with regard to his work:
am not a professional writer, and the reason I call myself The
Kitchen Poet is that the kitchen is where I think of what I am
going to write. I look out our kitchen window and see the eastern
sky, nature, children playing and other activities going around
our home. These sometimes give me inspiration to write. I believe
the kitchen is the heart of the home. When family come home for
a visit or to celebrate a special occasion, we seem to always
gather in the kitchen. My poetry is about in part, growing up
in Alberton, vacations in Kildare, our family, people I have met
and places I found interesting. I have always tried to write about
pleasant things. If I have done this, then I have achieved my
is one of my favorite poems by Reg.
Neighbors, “The Camerons”
Come and meet our neighbors.
Phillip and Colleen Cameron
Their five little boys.
All redheads, and one little blonde gal,
She’s the youngest, and is called Tiffany.
They love to romp and play,
The oldest boy is Jordan,
He’s our paperboy.
Next comes Dakota,
Who studies insects.
There’s Nicholas, who likes to sit and think.
That’s Riley running around the corner,
Followed by Jessie, stocky and determined.
that you have met them.
Let’s watch them play soccer
In their back yard.
They run, kick the ball... what energy!
Now they are playing ball.
Change the season... they will be on skates.
And putting the puck in the net.
is summer again.
The neighborhood children gather.
It’s time for “hide and seek”.
They run in all directions.
We hear them as they pass our house.
They are caught,
and it starts all over again.
salute you, the parents,
Phillip and Colleen
What a fine family you are raising.
We are proud to be your Neighbors.
When asked about how his poetry helps him with his health and
wellness, Reg replied: “Writing gives me a sense of accomplishments.
I feel as though I reached a new goal. It’s almost like
scoring a goal in hockey. Once you’ve written something
it can never be taken away. It’s there forever.”
work by a great man.
sells his book from home. If you are interested in purchasing
one, call him at 902-436-3322 or in Charlottetown call 902-892-4916.
Check out his web-site at http://www.edu.pe.ca/bluefield/reggie
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