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)

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AT UCLUELET

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 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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4 Responses to At Ucluelet

  1. jhopesimpson@sympatico.ca 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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