At Ucluelet

Being on the edge of the Pacific means there are wrecks, lots of them. Some are shipping hazardous, others draw divers who go deep to swim through the skeletal remains. And then there’s the ship than hung up on the rocks near Ucluelet (which means “people of the safe harbour” in the indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth language)



we seek the wreck among piled
rocks where foam flies high

our feet slip   catch sharp black wet            
splashed    draped with rags
of weed bright lime-green

lift broken shells from crevices
daring   I head closer to spume
to rage of ocean in eyes   on skin

find timbers heaved over crags
to rot           three-foot spikes
standing in rusted triumph
above the surge


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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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4 Responses to At Ucluelet

  1. says:

    Beautiful! Jenny.

  2. Francine Wallace says:

    Ucluelet is our favorite camping spot, lovely poem!

  3. So glad you liked the poem. Do you camp right on the beach? We were at a very good b&b.

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