A Parental Cheer

The wedding last Saturday was fantastic: joyous, loving … very much family. The weather dis-obliged but it didn’t matter, all the sunshine was inside and we had a great time. I read this poem as one of the speeches, another Skeltonic or tumbling verse, fun to write and to read …

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A PARENTAL CHEER                              056

as groom and bride
walk side by side
with daughters’ pride
and even stride
on life’s neap tide
you’ll be edified
as their life unfurls
your brilliant girls
these shining pearls

so please keep note
that you have our vote
and we’ll promote
each anecdote
072as you cast afloat
your wedding boat
the ‘Sleepy Goat’

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willow treegirl8The Willow Tree Girl for ages 7-11 … Weston doesn’t miss a beat as she untangles past and present, ghosts, missing treasure, and her heroine’s longing for success.

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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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