Christmas Tea

We’re in that weird week between Christmas and New year, between two festivals, yet life just goes on. As a child I thought I’d fallen out of time somehow, that I was in a nowhere place, off the edge of the world … scary … one of those weird ideas that children have …

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CHRISTMAS TEA                                  IMG_5316                 

aunts    uncles   cousins
grouped Christmas-wise
round a fruit-cake
that wore a wide red frill

the aunts’ mouths
gaped shining teeth
within their jollity of lips

laughter blossomed with black-jack
which I couldn’t understand

I sat on two cushions
matchsticks beside014. 11.7. matches
cards in front
still too young to know

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gossip-jokes clattered
until goodbyes came
and we walked four
long cold miles home
in the dark
IMG_5290Christmas left behind

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Those Blue Shoes for ages 7-11 … Weston’s … skill in juggling time past with time present … the plot unfolds with fast-paced action, mystery, suspense and even a ghost. Joan Givner

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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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