Tepotzlan Market

When we travel I bring back a suitcase full of memories and a camera full of colour. I get glimpses of another culture, another way of doing life, of being, and that is all good …

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TEPOTZLAN MARKET                                                  IMG_2935 fish stall

meat, oiled by sunlight
haggled by women

men staple leather
while gutted fish offend tourists

bark carved into castles
beside hand-picked spices

hats racked for workers
rejected by visitors as not exotic

I barter for four sunlit shirts
one is white with startled yellow birds

flying from its shoulders                                                      IMG_3201 crabs
into the blue Mexican sky

held by my camera
in a forever of coloured squares

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first published in Quills

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

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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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