Both Ways

Valentine’s Day: the story is that St. Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for Roman soldiers, who weren’t allowed to marry, and for looking after Christians. It’s believed that he healed his jailer’s daughter while he was in prison and then wrote “from your Valentine” as a final goodbye to her before he was executed. He was all about relationships, and so is today’s poem ….

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BOTH WAYS                                                  364

hands full of poetry
pockets full of almonds
I share them
with you
when we talk over coffee

or shall we sit
curled in an armchair
and watch old movies
while bread rises?

either way, I will
enter or leave
only with you

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first published by Raven Online

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thoseblueshoescoverThose 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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