Spectral Cinders

Hallowe’en next week, when ghosts, goblins and other strange visions abound. Really weird encounters occur on the street, or at the door, at this time of year and leave one pondering …

SPECTRAL CINDERS

surprised by time                                             239-10-21-13
ghosts pick fairy-tale slippers
out of midnight

wait on ladders
for the unwary to pass beneath
and catch an hour’s witching
before stallions turn to rats
and the prince comes
with a turned horseshoe

his princess, riches to rags
spectral in cinders                                                      img_5653-2-18-12
wails at her sisters
who drift the staircase
looking for shoes tossed
before midnight struck them
dead on the ballroom floor

phantoms shake the clock’s
black minutes and join hands
in a clap of magic

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first published in Whistling Shade

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To 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.

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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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