Friday, May 8, 2015

Let Me Give You the Proton--Nila Webster--United States

Let Me Give You the Proton

How can I ever tell you
What it is I need to tell you?

Let us become lexicographers
Let us write a new language
Where love equals love,
Where yes means yes
And no means resurrection from the dead
Where the geographical time scale
Turns out to be microscopic
And where the proton of an atom
Contains the whole universe.

Let me give you the proton:
If I can only find you

Thoughts from Nila--Two years ago, my beloved mother, Rochester poet jani johe webster, left this earth. She will always be my guiding light and my North Star, and it is because of her magical ways that I treasure the gift of poetry, and the wonder of our imagination. In some ways, I will never get over losing her, and yet in other ways, I know her light is shining more brightly than ever.

Nila J. Webster has been writing since a young age, thanks to the encouragement and support of her beloved mother, poet jani johe webster. In the last six months, Nila has donated over 41,000 picture books in her mother's honor, with more to come. If anyone knows of schools or hospitals that would like to receive a picture book donation, please let her know at


  1. Nila,, this is very beautiful, elegant and says so much, too! I like when a poem does that and when the meaning and intent is so obvious and beautifully clear and one doesn't have to "interpret" the writers' intent. I, like others, have the lovely poems of your mother, and we are all so blessed! Sheri

  2. I appreciate this loving tribute to your Mom. With this poem, there are tangible assets with can apply to many kinds of relationships... Sort of a "love transcends" assessment, from my humble perspective...

    I really enjoyed reading this, Nila. It was time well spent, and then some.

    Myke Todd

  3. Nila, I thought your poem so lovely and well written. It is a great tribute to your mother to carry on with her talent by sharing yours. God bless.

  4. Hello Nila. I hope you are having a great day. Thank you for sharing your poem, "Let Me Give You the Proton." I enjoyed reading and meditating on it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Dear Nila,

    I'm glad to see people are enjoying this tribute to your Mom and my friend. She was an amazing woman. I enjoy that your are keeping her words alive in the writing community and in schools around the country. Accept my sympathy for your loss. Thank you for sharing your words.


  6. What beauty you have written here. A very gorgeous tribute to your mother!