Storing Preserves

Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend and, checking my larder, there’s much to be thankful for: the shelves are loaded. And a good friend has added to the store. I feel like a squirrel, all prepared for winter …




fruit picked at prime
–apples and apricots

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–beans next to beetroot

sliced, diced, halved
–carrots beside cherries

brine and syrup brought to boiling
–cucumber then figs

lids and jars sterilized
–hazelnuts alongside onions

each slice, half or quarter
–parsnips paired with peaches                    

steamed, sealed and stored
–peas juxtaposed with peppers

every jar neatly labeled
–plums close to potatoes

and put upon the shelf
–radishes near shallots

alphabetically in rows
–squash handy to tomatoes

nutritional virtues intact
–turnips neighbour to zucchini
——while poetry waits


first published in Love and Light


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


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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