Overnight Visitors

Summer! Camping season! Sleeping under the stars, sharing the excitement of ghost stories in the dark, waking to an early robin or rooster; the reality can be squirrels dropping pine cones on your head … and then there’s the camping visitors …

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OVERNIGHT VISITORS

rumpled sleeping-bags                      ???????????????????????
dirty socks
the smell fried eggs
peanut butter on toast

friends nod politely
during breakfast
prop eyes open
over weighted dreams
before cycling
to the next campsite

leaving signatures
in the guest book
a winning Canasta score
wet towels
and the scent of youth

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first published in 7 Beats Here and Now

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father    Here is poetry … interweaving images culled from a wartime childhood with bittersweet memories of a “summer father”.
Lynda Monahan

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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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