Punk Hair

Time was when I wanted to dye my hair blue or green or purple but my hair was too dark to take a dye. Now it’s good and grey and I can dye it any colour I like, purple by choice. Though the poem is about someone else …

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PUNK HAIR

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I walked by the teens                                            mum_purple
at the cornerstore
with their hip-slung shorts
drooped tank-tops

wondered if they knew Matt
who punked his hair like theirs

no one in the family
saw it as different
until he asked us
to his wedding

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first published in the Southern Ocean Review

 

photo by Andrew Weston

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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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