Thursday, June 13, 2024

Poetry Friday: January Gill O'Neil

Simple, lovely, and simply lovely: to my dearest women friends, a relationship like no other. 

In the Company of Women
by January Gill O’Neil

Make me laugh over coffee,
make it a double, make it frothy
so it seethes in our delight.
Make my cup overflow
with your small happiness.
I want to hoot and snort and cackle and chuckle.
Let your laughter fill me like a bell.
Let me listen to your ringing and singing
as Billie Holiday croons above our heads.
(Read the rest of this short, wonderful poem here, at 


Photo courtesy of Pixabay


Denise Krebs said...

Karen, what a treasure. I love the title, "In the Company of Women"; it sounds so powerful. I love the idea that the frothy coffee allows for this: "so it seethes in our delight." Lovely. Thanks again, for your relationships poetry series.

KatApel - said...

Oh yes! Make that two, please!

Karen Edmisten said...

Denise, I love the title too! The poem exudes the joy of down-to-the-bone laughter and of being deeply known by our best friends. ❤️

Kat, I'll pour you another cup right now. ;)

Linda B said...

Can it be any nicer? "In The Company of Women, mutual understanding always. Don't you just love the way she brings the coffee through? I love that ending, too, Karen: "Let us take this joy to go." Indeed, we do! Thank you!

elli said...

Oh, this is a lovely poem, Karen! Thank you for sharing it. Definitely arouses many emotions! I have been blessed by a great many wonderful friendships over the course of my life — I was always one of those girls and women who was always blessed with a coterie of good friends — until the brain tumor, and homeboundedness … the last of my in person, local women friends died six years ago. This season of ‘alone’ is a difficult one. I am not yet accustomed. I am grateful for past friendships, the sunny days to look back upon. I pray that perhaps, one day, I will have them again.

Karen Eastlund said...

Great post, great poem. And I'll be meeting up with my old teaching gang soon! It would work. Thanks for sharing.

Patricia Franz said...

Such a love letter to our girlfriends! "Let us take our joy to go"!!

Michelle Kogan said...

Appreciations for this joy filled moving poem, so full to the brim with exuberance, lovely!

Ramona said...

Love this poem. I shared it with my book club (we meet at a coffee shop) last month. I have it in James Crews anthology, "How to Love the World." When I saw the link you shared, I texted the poem to our group tonight. "Let us take this joy to go." A delightful benediction for being in the company of women!

Karen Edmisten said...

So happy to share this one with everyone!

Tabatha said...

That last line! 💕

Jane @ said...

I have a small group of women friends that I regularly have movie nights with - we've been each other's supports through births and deaths, marriages and divorces, love and heartbreak. There's nothing quite like these kinds of friendships.

Karen Edmisten said...

And Jane, that is such a gift. 💝