Tuesday, June 17, 2014

enough time--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

enough time

there has to be
just enough time
to see the sun
rise golden

and listen
to the earth
turn green again

there has to be
just enough time
to feel
sand and grass and snow

to watch a flower grow
and whisper to a tree

there has to be just enough time

From Nila Webster, jani johe’s daughter--"enough time" was always one of my mother's favorite poems. I can understand why. The haunting, gentle repetition of the phrase "there has to be / just enough time" is a universal reminder of the beauty and the fragility of this life.


  1. Nila, this is hauntingly beautiful and touches my heart. Just from reading this, she must've been such a beautiful person inside and out. There is an important lesson in her words that we must heed, we must hear, we must "see".......... I am honored to read. May her soul rest in peace. I hope to read more of her poems. Sheri / www.poetryandbeyond.net

  2. So sorry to learn of your sad loss. I like the poem too. take care. best wishes. Pete.

  3. Indeed, there is just so much time, Nila, and we have to make every moment count. Thank you for sharing your mother's poem with us at Whispers. I can see why this is one of your favorites!

    Love and blessings to you,

  4. Repetition in a poem can have a powerful effect. Beautifully crafted piece. Ralph.

  5. Dear Nila,

    As stated in one of the comments above this is hauntingly beautiful. Written in a simple graceful way that makes the reader stop and think. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of reading her heartfelt poetry.

    Sandra Stefanowich

  6. Lovely poem Nila...We cannot squander time, it slips away so fast! Thanks for sharing one of your mother's favorite poems. Love its graceful flow ~Chris

  7. Deepest thanks to all who have commented on my Mom's poem "enough time." She would love all you have written, and she would want personally respond to each and every one of you. Thank you for affirming the continuing journey of my beloved mother's poetry. And greatest thanks to Karen O'Leary for creating the most beautiful poetry journal, for giving poets a voice and a venue, and for being so supportive of me, and of all your poets and readers.

  8. Dear Nila,

    It is a gift to be able to share your mother's poetry. Your mother was a light in the writing community. Her words deserve to live on. I am so grateful to all the readers that have left comments too. It is a joy to celebrate the talent of others.


  9. And "enough time" is now one of my favorites! I am always captivated by your mom's poetry, Nila. Seems that the more I am blessed by them, the more special they become for me. There has to be time to just sit back and enjoy all that jani describes in this poem. These are beautiful things to enjoy and meditate upon. Thank you so much for sharing another one of your mom's amazing poems. Continued blessings and comfort, my friend!

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG! Publications / Creative Inspirations

  10. Your Mom was well loved Nila....
    I am sorry for your loss.....as well as the loss to those that knew and admired Jani Johe.
    She sounds like a true lover of the art and enjoyed sharing her heart with others....
    Thank you for this tremendous share...
    Many Blessings upon you and your Family....
    Brightest Blessings to you and yours....

  11. This is beautiful and heart touching. Glad I made time to read this offering. Time is precious...may we use it well. Thank you Nila for sharing:) // paul