I Lasso’d

Historical names for February include the Old English terms Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (named for cabbage). All of which is a bit weird, but who wouldn’t want a birthday right now to cheer things along? I hope yours will be as happy as mine! All hoopla, swings and roundabouts, fun with family and friends …



a birthday as it flew past
tied it to a cake
lit candles by the score              
frilled the day with family
tied balloons to shoulders
wrists toes and ankles
and danced a country jig

we partied in the sunlight
we partied in the snow
we cut the cake and cheered
as we ate it in the rain

my birthday then escaped
and swung upon the moon
I waved at every waxing
invited it to visit
but the birthday
shook its flaming head
then vanished down the year
as the quiet clock ticked on


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


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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2 Responses to I Lasso’d

  1. Terence T. Miranda says:

    Hi Joanna – a belated happy birthday and thank-you for your poetry…..have a fantastic Feb. Terence Miranda

    Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:20:37 +0000 To: terencetmiranda@hotmail.com

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