Certain meals linger in my mind, most of them simple, a few elaborate, wedding dinners definitely! In each case, it’s the event, the people I’m with, a cousin, new friends, old friends, that make the meal, that particular moment, special. Even the smell of the food lingers, with the taste, and surroundings. I’m sure this happens for everyone …


dripping butter                                                              
onto hot toast

a double cheese pizza
eaten alone
missing him

and chocolate milkshake
when I landed
Halifax to Vancouver
rejoicing at being
home again

meals that linger
in memory
for the flavours
and the people


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 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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2 Responses to Memorable

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Photos are all I have about celebrated meals, sort of better than nothing, not as rich as poems. Merci!

  2. oldpyjamas says:

    This was agony!!! I started weight watchers last week!! ( But a good poem tho’!)


    PS Have any reviews been published? >

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