Self-portrait As A Printer

I have been at odds with my printer recently. The only way to get it to function was to uninstall it, and then re-install it. Not the way to get printing done in a hurry! I wondered how it felt to be a printer …

SELF-PORTRAIT AS A PRINTER

grey with white buttons
and inexplicit instructions                                021-1-20-14-blog
I wage incessant war
against those
who desire copies
scans or photos

I tear   crumple
regurgitate paper
– – – or spit ink
pinch fingers of users
who poke ‘okay’
when they mean ‘reset’
confuse ‘black’ with ‘colour’

threats in terms
of flashing lights
mean nothing so
I run out of ink
at crucial moments
or announce ‘not connected’
which may not be true
but means I don’t have to work

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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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