Other Years

The central story remains the same but every Christmas festival is a bit different, new configurations of people arriving and departing, surprise gifts. But some things we do every year, which is part of the meaning of the season: traditions …

OTHER YEARS

a stack of cards on the table                                036
waiting for wishes
to be sealed within them
while my mind wanders
to other Christmases
when children made paper chains
stirred Christmas cake
made cookies & gingerbread men
on the kitchen counter

this year there will be
a new family member
sharing the joy

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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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