Mothers Who Carry Their Own Water

Jun 19, 2013

tsk1979_bcmtouring.comWhen there is no well       land is parched
mouth dusty       skin cracked
bloody fingers plant       nourish thorn less roses
that blush beauty

lean into wind of change       find warmth in cold places
refuse to stay stuck       lay down in assigned graves
viewed by others with discomfort
reminder of what could happen to them

hear their whispers feel the curtain of words
I don’t know what to say       time heals all 
trails behind like a tail      live through in
under and around the death of our children

never ask why       there are no answers
our children want to know       still think and talk about

we can’t help it even when pain pounces
it is a way of knowing that we are alive

Mothers who carry their own water
sometimes slip stumble       we are fall proof
because our children tell us so in the timeless
place where dreams and memories breathe.


Copyright © 2013 Gerda Govine

Gerda Govine Ituarte’s new publication, Oh, Where Is My Candle Hat?, is a handmade limited edition poetry art book written in English and Spanish with original artwork by Luis Ituarte (Poetry Art Book Station). She states that “writing poetry allows my reservoir of memories and observations to flow freely and bring comfort and joy. I reflect, illuminate, and connect with others using words to create a sense of place.”

Gerda was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, emigrated to New York City in the mid 50s, and then to California in the early 80s. She lives with her artist husband Luis Ituarte in Pasadena and Tijuana. She is CEO of G. Govine Consulting and a columnist for the Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal. Her poetry has appeared in domestic and international publications.

Gerda will be reading on the Poet’s Stage at the 7th Annual Leimert Park Book Fair on Saturday, June 29th in the backlot of Vision Theatre at 12:30 p.m. For details, visit



2 Responses for “Mothers Who Carry Their Own Water”

  1. Carla Sameth says:

    So incredibly beautiful – stories that need to be told, this poet speaks volumes in few words, thanks so much Kat and Gerda for sharing this with the world!

  2. Profound, each word reverberates with meaning. The immensity and intimacy this poem creates is wonderful.



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