An Orange In My Hand

I’ve been making Blackberry Marmalade using ordinary oranges:
2 cups of chopped rind (boil in 2 cups water, drain)
add 2 tbspn lemon juice
2 cups defrosted blackberries
3 cup of sugar
bring to the boil over medium heat, simmer until thickened 15-25 minutes; into sterilized jars, and taste at leisure, yummy …


it smells of San Diego                   IMG_0527 tree, orange, Conimbriga
in August
you and I
picking oranges
from a tree beside
the red front door

it tastes
of Christmas mornings
and the orange
at the toe
of my stocking

it feels like peace                                             156..8.23.13
in 1945
when oranges
were again
in the corner store
and I held one
for the first time


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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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