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 …

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SHE’S FOURTEEN

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

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

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

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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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