If Only I Understood

I’ve had one of those sessions when the computer over-writes when it shouldn’t, turns single- to double-space, blanks out on websites, chews up emails, won’t upload photos,
i.e. driven me crazy. And that only leads to poetry …

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IF ONLY I UNDERSTOOD

I’ve caught
the final virus                                                  
geeked out
on a blogroll
got an app
with software rot
that glitched
my first egosurf

had to go meatspace
then start an upboat
thanks in batch mode
with a code monkey

where I hacked
a huge hand-wave
long before I could
look under the hood
and find a whiz-bang
time sink
in my four-colour-glossy
useless nagware

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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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6 Responses to If Only I Understood

  1. Jon Weston says:

    oh, well done!

  2. Dave says:

    I like this poem! Also, I noticed that you’re from BC – which is very cool. I was born in California and live here now, but lived in the Okanagan Valley (mostly Penticton) for over a decade when I was young.

  3. dianaejones says:

    Hi Joanna
    I hope that picture is not in your house!! I am enjoying reading your poems. I am in France again trying to finish off the first draft of the novel. Remember Joe? Well, he grew arms and legs and is becoming a novel. I say becoming because the last third is a bloody slog!! It is WW1 after all.
    I am also writing a blog while I am here http://www.oldpyjamas@wordpress.com
    My best
    Diana

  4. Yes indeed, the photo was taken in my house. Take a look behind a computer and it’s amazing the muddle of wires that are there. Glad you’ve gone ahead with Joe (I do remember him). Take care, Joanna

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