She’s Fourteen

School is out and kids are looking forward to an endless summer.
The lap-tops and text-books are shelved, kids are sleeping
in or on cell phones … This was written a while ago,
but part of it still holds true …



096usually she’s writing
essays, doing homework
on her laptop
at the kitchen table


or cell phone
close to her ear
eyes focused distantly
she murmurs
not the normal
everyone-listen-to-me call
but private secretive
then she texts
head bent
hair fallen forward

I wish I knew who
has the other phone


first published in Long Story Short
cell phone photo by Jon Weston


summerfathercoverA Summer Father … Here is poetry … interweaving images culled from a wartime childhood with bittersweet memories of a “summer father”. Lynda Monahan

About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, 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...
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