Studio Portrait 1942

Remembrance Day is over for this year. But the fear born in wartime lives on for those who lived it. I’ve noticed an increasing number of people writing about their childhood experiences of war. Don’t forget the children ….

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STUDIO PORTRAIT 1942

two children                                                               
caught in a black and white
photograph

my brother in shorts
and Fair Isle sweater
myself in smocked dress

frozen eyes
and tight mouths

dare not smile
we might break
spill
onto the carpet

turn it red

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published in ‘A Summer Father’ by Frontenac House Take a look at my page for this book.

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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