Traffic Jam

This abecedarian poem was fun to write. The first line begins with ‘z’ and ends with ‘a’, second line begins with ‘b’ and ends with ‘c’ and so on to the end. Most often in an abecedarius poem each line or stanza begins with the letters of the alphabet in their normal order, i.e. with 26 lines. Always a challenge …



zing-zanged when a                    
beat-up Cadillac
dared cut in my lane
forcing me to swing
hard right as I
jumped the brook
leapt over loam
nearly cut my head so
popped a pink tranq
released blue curses
torn from a tabu
virtually broken now
X-rated certainly


my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.


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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4 Responses to Traffic Jam

  1. Andy says:

    what fun! how about starting the next line with the same letter that you ended the last one with: ie, first line starts with ‘a’, ends with ‘b’, second line starts with ‘b’ and ends with ‘c’, third line starts with ‘c’ and ends with ‘d’, and so on … 🙂

  2. Terence T. Miranda says:

    I like it!! A beautiful composition done exceptionally for grown humans is just kind…….

    Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 10:12:55 +0000 To:

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