It is privilege to share poetry from talented writers that are no longer with us. It is a reminder that our words live beyond a lifetime. Virginia Johe is the mother of jani johe webster and the grandmother of Nila Webster, who penned her bio below. It is Whispers’ first three generation family of writers. What a joy to publish their words!
Though we may be miles apart
you are always here
I see you in the Morning Sun
in the rise and fall of the Ocean Tide
and I'm never alone
Even if the air may hold a chill
and the wind may blow and sigh
a music echoes from when we danced
as I wish for the Touch of Your Hand
Virginia Johe (1911 - 2011) began to write poetry after she lost her beloved husband of over fifty years. She did this with the encouragement of her daughter, Rochester poet jani johe webster. jani, who is my mother, and who taught me the magic of creative writing, saw this great grief consuming her mother's life, and bought my grandmother Virginia an electric typewriter. Virginia set up a work area and began to type out her grief in the form of poetry. With jani's help, she submitted poetry to print journals for many years. This poem was written shortly after her husband's death, in 1980.