Child and Mother in a Field

I’m beginning to hear ‘I want …’ this or that for Christmas.
So why not ask for the impossible or the improbable? Ask for
peace on earth, friendship between countries … Ask for homes
for the homeless, food for the hungry … pictures painted on
the sky … poetry published on the front page of newspapers …



Ma, you – practicing violin                                                  France 2011 937
in the middle of the field
and I want to sing the grass
into bright red
I want to swing
on the end of your bow
go flying up and down on the strings
be the song
humming out of your fingers
Ma, I want to tuck under your chin
with music running on my back
and you playing fire
Ma, I want …


First published in Atlantis.  Photo by Andrew J. Weston


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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