Joseph and Mary

I’ve always wondered about Joseph and Mary. Off they went, Mary heavily pregnant, on a jolting journey. I suppose Mary couldn’t be left at home to have the baby in peace, but imagine how she felt, day after day, hoping she could hold on until she arrived somewhere … and poor Joseph, he must have urged the donkey to go faster … faster …

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JOSEPH AND MARY                                                          IMG_5630 blog'11 the donkey          

what kind of parents are you
leaving home and family
with your first-born
ready for entrance?

father plods beside the donkey
mother jogs on its back
each jolt
an ache in her body

every night anxiety
blows through his dreams

IMG_3768 thistlesyou didn’t plan this
Rome decreed it
story tells it –
this journey
to destiny

but – what kind of parents
are you?

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A 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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