I’d be crawling on all fours to get to you

I didn’t realize his loudest cry for help was silence


Boy child quiet

Boy did not bother anyone


Boy child slow

Boy child withdrawal peaked at fourteen


Boy child scared to talk on phone

Boy child wanted to be a neuroscientist


Boy child isolated

Boy child attended college


Boy child never hurt anyone

Boy child communicated by email


Boy child visits home slowed down

Boy child disappeared


Boy child bought guns

Boy child stockpiled body armor


Boy child mass murdered

Boy child, my own son


Boy child what could I have done differently

*La Ganga, Maria L., “James Holmes through mother’s tearful eyes,” Los Angeles Times, July 30, 2015.

“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. I am in love with words that anchor, touch and nourish my spirit and soul,” says Gerda Govine Ituarte, Ed.D., poet, art curator, columnist and CEO of G. Govine Consulting. She was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and emigrated to NYC in the mid 50’s and California in the early 80’s. She lives with her artist husband Luis Ituarte in Pasadena and Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. Dr. Govine Ituarte writes, “As We Speak,” a column for the Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal and is a guest writer for The Pasadena Weekly newspaper. She was appointed to the LA County Commission for Women in 2012 by the Board of Supervisors. Dr. Govine is a board member of the Pasadena Youth Center. She is CEO of G. Govine Consulting.

Gerda Govine Ituarte’s poetry collection includes Future Awakes in Mouth of NOW [Editions du Cygne (Swan World, 2016); Alterations|Thread Light Through Eye of Storm (La Casa del Tunel Productions, 2015) and Oh, Where is My Candle Hat? (Asterisco Editoria de Poesia, Tijuana, 2012). Book four is a work in progress. Summer 2016 she created a four-week lunchtime poetry reading series “Poetry Within Reach in Unexpected Places,” and established the Pasadena Rose Poets comprised of nine seasoned Pasadena-connected poets. Govine Ituarte introduced weekly poetry reading at the City of Pasadena Council Meetings in February 2017, which continues. The Mayor of Pasadena provided two Proclamations, Celebrating April National Poetry Month, in 2017 and 2018, to the Pasadena Rose Poets. Her poetry has appeared in the Journal of Modern Poetry, Altadena Poetry Review, Dryland, Hometown Pasadena, and Coiled Serpent. She has read at the PasadenaMuseum of California Art and The Last Bookstore.

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