Solstice Ritual

The Solstice is almost here and its symbols are varied: the bear, the oak tree, and golden fern pollen; scarlet, orange, and yellow ribbons, candles of the same colours; herbs such as dill and lavender. It’s a day rich with meaning: the mid-point of the year when the wheel turns toward the dark …


SOLSTICE RITUAL                                                     Copy of bread


bread we made that midsummer
flour and yeast   water and salt
pinch of rosemary
drift of chamomile


kneaded by mother
then set to rise by noon
brother and me watching
as it crept the sides of the bowl
until I, the youngest
with fist dipped in powdered sage
punched down hard   the dough                            Copy of bread in mkt


which would rise
again by sunset
to be baked at moonrise
and the smell of it
crown midnight


we tossed the loaf                                                    cropped-img_2489-chrysanthemums.jpg
hand to hand
broke the hot crust
each taking a piece
laughed as we ate
while the year
turned chrysanthemum


A 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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