Things Forgotten

I’m sure we all have a drawer or cupboard where we dump things we
don’t want to part with for one reason or another. I have a drawer
where I put ‘things that I may need’, stuff ‘to be dealt with later’,
and odd treasures …


in my top desk drawer:                                                
expired passport stamped for Mexico and France
cracked wooden alto recorder
five dried up fabric paints
a blank 90-minute tape
unused cutter-set for block printing
1945 autograph album full of scribbles
six empty film cassettes
metal twist puzzle
and eight unpaid bills


first published in ‘Ink Sweat and Tears’


9781771333054_FC ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’: poetry. This collection draws a picture of the poet’s divorced mother, an artist with two children, who struggled with poverty, war, and the realities of daily life, yet still found beauty and comfort in her garden, and her art.
From Inanna Publications, 2016.

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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