Winter Park

January, named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, has the garnet for birthstone, the cottage pink for birth flower. And January is National Thank You month: time to say ‘thank you’ for gifts, for the old year, and for the new year! It’s also when, here up North, we’re into cold: frost, rime, frozen noses … Great for bears, snow-angels, coal-eyed snow-people, and roaring fires …

WINTER PARK

hoarfrost trims                             067..12.18.12. at the park
the climbing bars
snow piles against slides
footprints lie
in grey light

wind whines through
the playground
thin snowflakes
sting cheeks
the path blurs
in this twilit noon

I push against cold
peer at dim trails
rub lips fingers
and turn for home

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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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