In Blue Pyjamas

It’s coming up to that time of the year when things go
bump in the night, ghosts wriggle through keyholes, and
skeletons parade the streets. Here’s a weird happening,
though whether it happened in fact is another story.


last seen walking at night
in blue pyjamas
patterned with red teddy-bears                             teddy bears
her long brown hair floating

the teddy bears hugged her
into hibernation
with them for the winter

they curled under a bush
in the suburbs
stroked her to sleep
and kept her warm
until spring stirred them
to search for cornflakes
but she slipped out
to buy the milk
she wanted last October

First published in The Ontario Poetry Society’s Outward Bound


About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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