Tribute from Irma Do

Jamie was one of the first people to encourage me to continue writing poems when I joined her Wednesday Writing Prompts on “The Poet by Day” blog. She introduced me to The BeZine, PEN America, 100 Poets for Change and a whole world of poets interested in issues of social justice and effecting change with our writing.  She and I also shared some commonalities – we’re both from Brooklyn and we both loved the book “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, we both lived in northern CA (although I have since moved to PA), her cousin is a priest who taught in a college in the Philippines that my father attended. I felt very connected to her despite only knowing her for a few years at the end of her life.

The world has lost a profound soul when Jamie passed.

I am sending this to you as the sun is setting on the East Coast.

With gratitude and a heavy heart,

Irma Do

The Gatherer

She gathered words into pictures
Painting busy country landscapes and quiet city corners
Capturing snapshots of people in moments and memories 
Saturating each word with hues of love, longing, laughter and latitude

She gathered people into communities
Families sharing interests instead of blood
The ideals of justice and equality 
Coursing through veins of connection

She gathered breaths like flowers
Gifting us with the perfume of inspiration
Scattering petals of thoughts and dreams
Planting seedlings of empowerment

She gathered accolades and gratitude
She gathered love and admiration 
She gathered a life of purpose
And now we gather to remember and honor her

©2020 Irma Do
All rights reserved


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