The River Speaks Softly calls forth a com-passionate response for both one’s personal journey and for the world. From Darla Wolgast Romano’s reflections of being a good girl with soft pin curls, to that of working towards peace and stewardship of our earth, she ponders the geese in V formation and asks, when will we learn the art of surviving together? Darla poses whether our destiny may best be accomplished through love, mercy and compassion for ourselves and for each other.
Darla spent her childhood amidst the farms and lakes of Michigan. Her adult life has been on the West Coast — gardening, living near the ocean, and immersing herself in urban and natural landscapes. She met her husband and raised their two wonderful daughters in San Francisco. Darla has been a psychotherapist and group facilitator for many years. This is her first collection of poems.
She began writing poetry two years ago in workshops with Diane Frank, and appreciated her inspired teaching and unwavering support. She is grateful to her husband Richard’s willingness to listen to her poems day or night, and the feedback and kind words from many workshop poets, family and friends who have shared in her journey.
These poems are memories in the moving stream of life. This book reflects important transitions in her life, and perhaps will evoke whispers of your own.