A Traditional Meal

Thanksgiving this weekend. Today I’m thinking of the traditions associated with the feast. But, vegetarian that I am, I will indulge in my favourite: spinach pizza. The poem is for everyone else …



carrot standturkey takes pride of place
flanked by mashed yam, peas
sliced beetroot, carrots
roast potatoes and gravy
zucchini pickles and salad
rounded helpings of laughter
seasonings of wisdom                                     088..9.6.13
mounded platefuls of family
swallowed with long acquaintance
acceptance and amusement
moving to dessert of pie
pumpkin apple or blackberry
slathered with whipped cream
globbed with ice-cream
trickled chocolate sauce
libations of wine  juice  beer
this annual meal of togetherness
bringing the harvest of the year
into focus with thanksgiving


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 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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