Dangerous Ways

This is the month of relationships: Valentine’s Day with all possible variations on love; the Feast of Feralia around February 21 when the ancient Romans honoured their ancestors, besides being Heart-and-Stroke Month and, this is neat, National Bird Feeding Month! Love can be dangerous, exhausting, fun, uplifting … a subject of endless exploration … here’s more …

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DANGEROUS WAYS

taking the string    I pull                                             
and let it lead me into thorns

I push them aside with bare hands
feel the scrape   scratch   trickle of blood
follow the string   straight in
to where the tiger
waits   eyes half-closed
ready   to open   its mouth
and kiss me

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first published in Ken*Again

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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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