Where Would I Go If It Were Yesterday?

I was having a nostalgic day recently, wondering about
the past, dreaming of times long-gone, and …



which yesterday would I find                         5A classroom
if I sat child-like under
a sway of fruit trees?

the yesterday when plums melted
ripe and dark in my mouth
stone rough against milk teeth?

those years when bells
graphed each day
to rituals of school?                                  Copy of 68 Joanna 1962

or primrose mornings
when the scent of spring
whispered under hawthorn?

would it be days
of sails wing-and-wing
above rushing hull?

it would be the yesterday
without regret and
there are few such


first published in Wild Violet


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 lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, 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...
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