On Hold

May 26, 2014

img_1129Phone rings 3:10 a.m.
dad in hospital
come now

heart races
little girl in white dress
snaps to attention

3,000 miles
last seat on flight
feels different this time

frail man in a chair
my knees want to buckle
hi dad I’m here

Gerdie is that you?
Yes, it’s me
I feel him slipping away

I wash and oil his feet
slept in his bedroom
american flag captured wall

family pictures crown headboard
bible opened on night stand
final goodbye on hold.


bible nightstand


Copyright © 2014 Gerda Govine, Book Three, Yes. Now ask the question. Work- in-progress.



791719_20601741Gerda 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.

Alterations | Thread Light Through Eye of Storm is scheduled for release in the fall, 2014.



1 Response for “On Hold”

  1. the quiet eloquence of heart in throat and deep love – beautiful



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