Monday, August 5, 2013

misty clouds--By jani johe webster--(In Memory-May 2013)--United States

jani johe shared her unique style and insight which left readers in awe.  But more importantly, she was a bright light in the writing community, always ready to support others in their journeys.  I am glad to have been able to call her my friend.  She will be missed by many.                                                                                                                  Sincerely, Karen O’Leary--Editor

misty clouds

don’t wait for me
i’ll catch up
while i look
for sunlite
and clouds of mist
after rain

i would hold moonlite
if i could
and the stars
that laugh
with dark

don’t wait for me
i’ll be there

counting waves
and talking
with grains
of sand

Thoughts from her daughter, Nila Webster--"My beloved mother, jani johe webster, may have written 'misty clouds' even before I was born. Somehow it survived over the years, from folder to folder, from basement to attic. Shortly before her passing in May, it resurfaced, as an omen and a gift. I knew she was beginning to slow her pace, to move into the next world. I knew then as I know now, she is there, counting waves and talking with grains of sand."


  1. In those rare moments when the sun and moon are shrouded in mist, time seems to fly be so quickly. I like the repetition of "don't wait for me; I'll be there." When you are counting waves and talking to grains of sand, it is almost like being in another world. Lovely work! Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  2. Such a poignant write, Nila..your Mother was a master with words..I really enjoyed the read.

    Jan x

  3. Thank you, Ndongolera C. Mwangupili, for the following comment--

    I find this poem brilliantly woven to reflect solemn feelings. A great poem indeed.

  4. Thank you, Jean Calkins, for the following comment--

    jani johe webster at her best, even if it was an early writing. Always depth to her work. Thanks to Nila for her comments.

  5. I feel my mother, jani johe webster, counting waves from the other side; I feel her awe and appreciation of every single poem that appears in this beautiful on-line journal. Her respect and appreciation for her fellow-poets ran deep and even now, I feel her encouraging all of us to write the vision of our souls. Thank you, Karen, for publishing this, and for your beautiful journal.

  6. Dear Nila,

    It is such a privilege to publish your Mother's wonderful poetry here at Whispers. Thank you for your permission to share her words and for your kind comments about the journal.


  7. Thank you, Jack Horne,for the following comment--

    jani johe-such a talented writer

  8. Thank you, Connie Marcum Wong, for the following comment--

    What a gift indeed, and a wonderful testament to her ability as a poet! It is a lovely and moving piece! Mahalo, Connie