Martine’s Briefcase

I was in a Grade IV classroom last spring and the teacher’s briefcase stays in memory, mostly because she was a teacher-librarian, no one busier, always on the run, always cheerful, willing … one great lady … with a bulging briefcase.



the colour of earth                                                                      035
it smells of leather    crayons
journeys in a bus jammed with kids

classes pour out of it
sheaves of printed paper
coloured by kindergarten stories
told on a red carpet

authors’ readings
book sales    math-tables
found-poems    workshops
reading weeks and conferences
spill over breakfast

phone calls    emails
travel passes    picnics
and finger-paintings
hide between the stiff leather panels

it squanders adventure
when the handles drop


The Berry Books for 3-6 years old: Berry the mouse, who lives in a tree, gets into funny situations, and has to find his way out of them.

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, 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...
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