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Geral John Pinault with some of his poems, which are on display at the William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle.
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Geral John Pinault with some of his poems, which are on display at the William Bradford Huie Library in Hartselle.

Poet’s work on display at library in Hartselle

By Deangelo McDaniel
dmcdaniel@decaturdaily.com· 340-2469

HARTSELLE — If you see Geral John Pinault on the side of the road writing, don’t be surprised.

“When I get an idea, I give it a title and sometimes write it later,” the Florida native said. “Sometimes I pull over and write down the idea.”

Pinault, a retired hotel hospitality manager, has turned more than 2,000 of his ideas into poems.

A small percentage of those poems are framed and for sale at the William Bradford Huie Library of Hartselle.

The majority of the poems have Christian themes, but there are some that cover love and romance as well as political comedy and satire.

“The Top Priority In My Life,” is, for example, about going to church every week in an effort to become more intimate with God.

Another one entitled “Worries Fade Into Distant Memories” encourages you to wrap your life around God and God will help you overcome disappointment in life.

Pinault, a poetry writer for about 10 years, said he learned to overcome strife when he was involved in a hit-and-run accident about seven years ago.

“I had to slow down,” he explained, pointing out that the accident forced him to give up his love of hotel hospitality management.

Pinault, 62, moved to Morgan County about six months ago to be near his daughter and her family. “Most of the poems I write now are about love and love for your neighbor,” he said. “I write from daily occurrences. Because there is so much unrest in the world, we need to focus on being better Christians and getting closer to God.”

Pinault, the son of a musician, said he had no musical talent, but has always had a talent for writing.

“When I finally sit down to write, it pours out of me. That’s my gift from God.”

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