Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Wish--By Virginia Johe--(In Memory 1911-2011)--United States

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!
                                         Sincerely--Karen O’Leary--Editor

A Wish

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.


  1. Thank you, Karen, for shining a light on my grandmother's work, and most of all, for shining a light on the beautiful shimmering poetry of writers around the world. Whispers is a gift that radiates light and beauty. Thank you for all you do. I know from her place, my grandmother thanks you, too.

    1. Dear Nila,

      It is a pleasure to share the beautiful poetry by your grandmother, your mother and you. It is a gift that keeps on giving. Thank you for being the light that you are, Nila.


  2. Nila,
    Your grandmother has great talent. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Your friend,
    David Fox