Sunday, February 15, 2015

ode to alliteration--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.  Her words live on in various publications, continuing to be a gift to the world.        --Sincerely, Karen O’Leary--Editor

ode to alliteration

beacons of books
windows of words
days of dreams
hours of hope
pillars of peace
stories in stars
magic in moonlight
freedom of fiction
    winding wonders
        along pathways of poetry
            circling our souls

This poem was recently published in Where the Poems Dance, a collection of her poetry and photography by Suzanne Webb.  It includes an introduction by her daughter, Nila Webster, and reflection questions about the poems to stimulate the imagination of the reader.


  1. I loved jani johe's well written, positive attitude producing, poem. I particularly liked the phrase "windows of words" because it reminded me of the idiom, " the eyes are the window to the soul". In the same way, to me, words are a window to the soul. Thank you for sharing the poem.

  2. Thank you, Karen, for publishing this poem by my mother, jani johe webster. Thank you also for your insight into her work. She always loved the sounds of words and felt that the sounds were an essential part of the poem. I also appreciate Charlene McCutcheon's insight. Most of all, I am grateful for the incredible journal which truly includes magnificent poetry that flows out into this world. Thank you, Karen, for all you do for me, and for all your poets.

    1. Dear Nila,

      It is an honor and a gift to publish your Mother's amazing poetry here at Whispers. The writing of talented people should live on. Thank you for the bright light you are in the world, my friend. What a blessing that is.


    2. Karen, how thoughtful of you to publish this poem in memory to a writer. I believe she would have loved that you choose this one. Thank you.

  3. Great work here, sad to hear she has passed on Karen, thank you for giving me the chance to view and comment..'

    1. Dear Joe,

      Yes, it was sad to have her pass on but it is comforting to be able to share her words. Through them she continues to touch the lives of others. Thank you for stopping by to comment.


  4. A wondrous poem indeed. We all are so blessed to have been able to read this. Thank you for sharing it and of course, you know, our love and prayers are with you. Sheri

  5. This poem is a delight to read. I have had the pleasure to read a couple of Jani's poems and will look out for more of hers if they still keep coming in. It is lovely to be able to remember people through their work. // paul

  6. Hi Nila. Everything I have read from your beloved mother touches my heart. What a gifted poet she was. I pray for continued blessings to you for continuing on her memory and gift for poetry and writing. You are a blessing to the writing community, just as I know your mom was as well. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  7. Thank you for sharing this very inisghtful, thought provoking poem! This is the first poem that I have read from jani johe. She has a poetic voice that will be remembered

  8. I am fond of alliteration- let's say I adore alliteration and Jani has used it
    in a perfect context here. How wonderful to know her words live on after her.
    A wish all poet's hold in their hearts. Thanks Karen for sharing this through Nila.