Planning Ahead

Most years we go down to a nearby beach in the fall and collect
seaweed, which is a great garden fertilizer, and free for the
picking. Best to go after a storm, when the beaches really get
loaded up …


wind beats the shore                                  IMG_7175.6.10.15.ulva
with rods of rain

the moon pulls
the ocean equinox-high
chasing detritus up the gravel
throwing handfuls of weed
ripe rich green
replete with sand fleas
broken shell and honed wood

stones chatter
as a wave withdraws
under sea lettuce
piled thick for us
to gather and spread
on our garden to transform
into next summer’s
carrots, peas, beans ………


first published in Other_____


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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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