On Getting Stung

Spring in the North, Fall in the South. The Romans called this month Aprilis and it’s believed that the name comes from the verb aperirie “to open” because it’s when flowers begin to open in the Northern Hemisphere. Whatever the name, flowers are out … but there’s lurking danger …

ON GETTING STUNG

I picked wild nettles
with bare hands
felt the sting                         IMG_8644.2.18.16.blog

buried my face
in pricking tears
before the wealth
of green took
me on its tide
of rampant spring
and I could lean
into grass where
dock and dandelion
held healing
for the pain
I grasped in hot
beating fingers

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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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