The Man at the End of the Pew

I’m a crow when it comes to singing, though we have some excellent
canaries in our family (real singers, in choir and out, and they know
who they are, their voices a joy to hear), but the crows of the world
are important too …



your voice soars out                                             img_3015-9-11-2011-freligne-chapel-blog
like a carefree angel
a semi-tone flat
a beat behind the music
and I love it
because you cover my monotone
with a fine disregard
for choir and congregation

I like your flamboyant tie
restrained shirt and jacket
your face absorbed in song
enjoying every out-of-tune note
as much as I do


9781771333054_FCNew! NEW! ‘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, May 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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2 Responses to The Man at the End of the Pew

  1. Andy says:

    Hey, a poem about me! 🙂 lol

  2. Don’t take it personally! There’s more than one crow in any congregation:-)

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