Saturday, June 20, 2015

jani johe webster--(In Memory-May 2013)--United States

we have not lived such a long time

when autumn nights can move us so
when we know where the seagulls sleep at dawn
and hear the music of the years as a twilight lullaby

when we wear fog like an overcoat
write letters in the waves
then laugh when they disappear

we have not lived such a long time


The phrase "we have not lived such a long time", a line from one of my mother's poems, had been haunting me for months. Yet in all the folders of her poetry, I couldn't find it any where. I knew she had written it long ago, before I was born. I began to question, did the poem really exist? And then yesterday, opening a folder I thought contained some of my own writing, this poem was on top, as if my mother placed it there to greet me, across time and space. My mother is so right: we have not lived such a long time, that we cannot experience the wonder and magic of this life, day by day and hour by hour. ~~ Nila J. Webster


  1. This is a wonderful and glorious write. She had delved deep into ones soul to gather the truth of life and it's ability to glow with harmony. I really loved reading this magnificent piece. She wrote a beautiful poem here, treasure it always!

  2. Nila,
    What a treasure you are to carry on your mother's legacy like that! I know a lady that regularly submits to my journal and other journals on behalf of her late husband, to get his work seen and read. God bless you for all you do!
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

  3. Really lovely, thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. jani writes with such passion and emotion; it is revealed in each of her poems that I have had the dear pleasure of reading and enjoying. She has such grace and majestic craftsmanship. How can one not enjoy what her daughter, Nila, shares with us? Thank you, Nila, for carrying on your mother's memory and creativity through her poetry. I am always blessed by it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. lovely to read this talented lady's beautiful words

  6. This poem has kind of a haunting beauty to it. It is simply lovely! Aloha, Connie