How To Turn The Tap On

We do so many small things automatically … turn lights on,
pull out a chair, open a door. There’s poetry in these actions,
some serious, and some definitely not. Read on …


HOW TO TURN THE TAP ON                                23445622.taps 6.22.12

stretch your fingers to full length
curl and flex their tensile strength

slide each digit round the points
be careful not to crack your joints

IMG_2910_via Governo Vecchio 91let fingertips find their place
nestling in with perfect grace

start to twist against the thread
that holds the water to its head

turn now until it’s rightly firm
(it is a knack one has to learn)

not too fast and not too slow                                23445623.taps 6.22.12.
to get that desired shower flow

let your body slightly lean away
so you’re not chilled by icy spray

or broiled by fierce heat so great
scalded skin will be your fate

IMG_0469_Janet's bathroom tapwhen the temperature is right
turn the faucet hard and tight

then let go, head back, soap and sing
for you are now the shower’s king


summerfathercoverA Summer Father … poems as deceptively simple and cunning as a sniper’s bullet. This book is a Remembrance Day poppy. Dave Margoshes


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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