Not Known to Me

The other day I passed a man sitting, leaning against a
garbage can, his dog wrapped in a blanket at his feet.
I ask myself what I could have done? What could I do now?
I know nothing of how he lives. I contrast his life with my own …


NOT KNOWN TO ME                                           043 food

the bread-machine thumps
in the kitchen

there’s ten kilos of flour
in the cupboard
cereal for breakfast
bagels for lunch
cookies with coffee

I have TV knowledge of hunger
but never starved
never had a bloated belly                                       046 food
or rickets

I can only give money
which seems too easy
when others have nothing
and I will order
pizza for dinner


first published in 7Beats online


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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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