She Sang Swannee River in the Morning

I’ve been thinking of my mother recently (she’s the subject of my book ‘A Bedroom of Searchlights’), and remembering her eccentricities. I’m sure all of us keep our parents in memory for special things they did, or were …

SHE SANG SWANNEE RIVER IN THE MORNING

there’s a gap
in the house
where my mother                         
used to sing
a place made
empty by lack
of voice
a forgetfulness
of actions she
might have made
a chair moved
socks washed

the movement
of her being
a lift of paint
strokes laid
heavy or light
on canvas
a wash of colour
over laburnum
and a yellow
hat worn aslant

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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.

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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 She Sang Swannee River in the Morning

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Lucky daughter. My mother was tied in a knot neither I or her were ever able to untangle. Only late dementia brought peace to her, let us see briefly the mother she could have been.

  2. I was fortunate indeed. Mother was eccentric and great fun, she loved puns!

  3. acox321 says:

    Lovely to have the image of your mother by a tree. She is in my memory. Antony >

  4. Many thanks, Antony. I love that photo! Joanna

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