Virginia Johe --(In Memory 1911-2011)
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!
I have learned my lesson well --
heard the ringing of the bell --
no more saying "Yes"
when I'm really thinking "No"
I'm important to myself.
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.