Among my colors you shall find, the four colors of all mankind.
So is the tagline for Heartful the Clown, an emblem created and promoted by Charles Coleman of Ludlow Falls. Heartful has graced the pages of Coleman’s poetry and stories, and often came with him to book signings and literary events. His design and look may have changed since 1986, but the message of love and kindness remains the same. Heartful and Coleman’s other literary endeavors are on display at the Milton-Union Public Library until Jan. 5.
“It took time to do all this well,” said his wife Elizabeth, surveying the collection of decades worth of work. Coleman began writing when he was 16 years old with love letters and poetry.
“People said I was pretty good, so I kept at it,” he said.
Now Coleman is in his 80s and has no intention of putting down his pen.
“Maybe when I’m 100, then I’ll quit,” he laughed.
Library patrons can see the various books of verse Coleman has composed as well as newspaper clippings and photographs of Heartful’s cameos. Also on display are several letters of gratitude and commendation from some very famous names: President Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth II, and Pope John Paul II. Coleman said he looked up the addresses at the local library and sent them some of his works.
He also wrote acrostic poems for each state and mailed those to the respective governors. Many were grateful for Coleman’s creativity, and those letters of recognition are on display as well. Coleman noted that all of his books and poetry are stored in the Library of Congress. Milton-Union patrons don’t have to travel to Washington, D.C. though to check them out – all of his anthologies are available at the Milton-Union Public Library.
For more information or to suggest your own collection for the display case, call 937-698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org. Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.