The Blue Prairie

July 1st: Canada Day yesterday. And Canada has ocean on three sides which means it’s beach time! At the lake, the swimming hole, or the Ocean. I love watching the waves roll in, trying to decided on the colours in each one, whether they are blue, cyan, green, aquamarine, teal, jade …

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THE BLUE PRAIRIE                                                       IMG_8860..4.11.13. wake

that blue stuff going up and down
it’s the ocean      hang on
don’t walk on it
Jesus did
and had to CPR Peter
when he followed

don’t jump in the deep
unless you’re Jonah
and understand whales

climb down     dip a toe in it
Copy (2) of IMG_3777 beach & oceanouch     cold
this Pacific

swim in it if you must                                                 IMG_0942 (1280x719) breaking wave
but remember it goes to Japan

too far to run
smells bad if you take it home
in a bucket full of shells
with a single star-fish

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first published in Juice

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summerfathercoverA Summer Father … terse, imagistic lines; … It’s not nostalgia that we experience but quiet, poignant grief. Richard Stevenson

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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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