Storm & Lakeside

Jun 28, 2015


Mother Nature in pain.
Throws new red shiny stiletto heels across the sky.
Smacks Santa Ana’s face:

Eyes blacken, mouth swells, sneezes, coughs.
Santa Ana up chucks fast-moving frosty wind.
Howl loud and long. Cause sleepless nights.
Uprooted age old trees drop like matchsticks.

Electric lines snap spin spread darkness.
Red-eyed candle light welcome morning.
Santa Ana whistles. Spot mother waiting
Arms folded.

Mother Nature beckons   whispers






           Beneath plump grey clouds

she sits in the shade of her memories

slivers of sunlight shadow

pierce underwater sky.








Gerda Govine Ituarte published her second collection of poems, “Alterations | Thread Light Through Eye of Storm,” March 2015, with art work by her husband Luis Ituarte. Two of her poems were featured in the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology, April 2015. Govine Ituarte’s first poetry art book, “Oh Where is My Candle Hat?” in collaboration with artist Luis Ituarte in English and Spanish, November 2012 with a CD recording in both languages.

Govine Ituarte is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) and will be co-teaching a poetry workshop for Pasadena Writers Group with Desiree Zamora, Fall 2015.

Govine Ituarte is a member of the International Black Writers and Artists Association, Los Angeles; and Public Address, artist think tank in San Diego, CA. She is a member of poetry writing workshops led by Kate Gale of Red Hen Press and Rae Ballard. She is a poet, curator, and columnist born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and immigrated to New York City in the mid 50’s and California in the early 80’s. She lives with her artist husband Luis and pooch Tres Colores in Pasadena. From 1999-2013, they traveled between Pasadena and Tijuana where they operated La Casa del Tunel: Art Center and Mariposa Gallery located in the Mariposa Artists Residency.

Govine Ituarte writes, “As We Speak” a column for the Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal. She graduated from Teachers College Columbia University with a M.A. and Ed.D. in Higher and Adult Education Administration and Research. She earned a B.S. and M.A. in Business Education from New York University and an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from Pepperdine University, Straus Center, School of Law. She was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. She is CEO of G. Govine Consulting, which provides diversity and inclusion climate studies, training and workshops. Govine Ituarte serves as an expert witness, litigation consultant and mediator in the area of gender, race, and age discrimination.






Photo, top right, by NASA/JPL-Caltech ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, dark clouds, by Petrea Burchard, sourced (with permission) from her blog Living Vicuriously.

Photo, underwater air ring (bubble ring) rising in the sunlight, by Joe Burch (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.





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