The Address

I’m sure we’ve all seen sleeping bags under bridges, in culverts, people dossed down in doorways. Does giving money help? Or is a smile, a greeting, enough? Low-cost housing in every city on the continent would help …

THE ADDRESS

he lived under bridges                                  bridge, Sask.with R&M.
north   south   sea to sea
here      back
ten years plus

come summer
breeze blows downriver
ripples water
people’s chatter

Founder’s Day
he picks up tired hot-dogs
forgotten fries

winter    puts newspaper                              069
under an arch
begs Sally Ann duvet
sleeps in clothes
lifted from garage sales

some nights he near freezes
to cold clear stars

who would house him
with no job
no Social Insurance Number?

he owns only
his name

A
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A 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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