Construction Site

Then there are those days when I can sit and watch people working,
building … fascinating to watch each floor added, the joists, rafters,
being lifted into place …


bucket filled with gravel
gripped by high mechanism        

wheels spin on oiled pistons
grind past drilled studs

where roof truss stretches
from edifice to anchored wall

framed by clerestory
scaffolding braced against wind

where men   pinned to height
raise rough casements

forked hammers belt-hung
heat      nailed in place

adz   awl     home forgotten
bevel hand clamped for use

this building framed
in measured hours


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 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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