Supermarket Aisles

A sapphire is the birthstone of September, and it means clear thinking which we surely need for this busy month. The birth flowers are forget-me-not, morning glory and aster, all slightly on the wild side. And, staying on the crazy side …


SUPERMARKET AISLES                        025

people roll cans
down the aisles
bet on the arrival
of peaches or beans
laughter rushes
onto plastic shelving

tuna swims from my shopping-cart
to swing from a neon light
and tangle with cat-food
mobile under the ceiling                                           071
the butter-pile breaks, falls
and I am face down
amidst cold produce
my list wiped clean
by liquid soap
I slide through the checkout
with no groceries
and a pineapple hat


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


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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