The Ballad of a Fish

I learned recently that May 2nd is World Tuna Day. It’s all about trying to stop overfishing in the Pacific, which is a serious subject. But I was having a silly day, so my poem is far from solemn …

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THE BALLAD OF A FISH

an eighteen-year-old tuna                                   001
while swimming the world
bumped into a schooner
whose sails were close-furled

thus tilting a crooner
with hair tightly curled
out of orbit solar & lunar
into one sandy and pearled

while the net-munching tuna
flicked fins and twirled
then dived that much sooner
through waves as they swirled

swimming happily under the moon a
bruised but much wiser young tuna

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Art by Kennedy Banning

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thoseblueshoescoverThose Blue Shoes for ages 7-11 … Weston’s … skill in juggling time past with time present … the plot unfolds with fast-paced action, mystery, suspense and even a ghost. Joan Givner

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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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