War Cemetery

Remembrance Day coming up, and I remember my father, his life, his death. His poems were re-published last year in U.K., and they take me back to the years when I read and re-read them to try to discover who he was, and wrote my own poems about him which were published in ‘A Summer Father’ …

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WAR CEMETERY

I looked for                                            France 2011 371
my father in a field
but found only
his name
out in public

I disliked
his being shared
by beetles, swallows
and the glazed view of tourists

wanted to erase his name
from eyes
wrapped around the letters
carrying them
all over the world
like ashes
on the wind

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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