On the Beach

This month was renamed in 8 BC in honour of Augustus Ceasar as it was the month of several of his greatest triumphs. There are other interesting oddities about this month: first week, from 1st to 7th, is International Clown Week, while August 8th is Happiness Happens Day. And August 13, the 3rd Saturday, is International Lefthanders Day which I mention in honour of at least one of my cousins. Meanwhile, I relax on the beach …

ON THE BEACH

his spade digs in
casually  for his gaze                             
is fixed on rise and fall
crash and withdrawal
of waves

his shadow rests
on sand   follows
the undirected hand
as it lifts and drops
into gleaming flat
wet sand

his hair flies
out in feathery wings
about his head
while blue eyes remain
focused on the heave
of waves

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my scans - after 18 112 cover To Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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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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