November’s birthstone is the Topaz, in particular the yellow stone; the  flower is chrysanthemum (I love the rich copper coloured ones). There are several days, apart from Remembrance Day, to notice: the 13th is World Kindness Day; the 14th is World Diabetes Day; and November 25 is Teachers’ Day in Indonesia. Perhaps the last should be honoured all over the world as well …


hours fall
outside the window
in bright
yellow increments

bronzed minutes
carpet the patio
waiting to be swept
into winter


9781771333054_FCA 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 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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6 Responses to Beyond

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Lovely, lovely poem, reflects so well that gold falling from the skies.

  2. Shirley Jones says:

    Spot on, Joanna! Just lovely.

  3. So glad this worked for you, Francine.

  4. Connie Harris says:

    I love it too Joanna. I shared your scary poem with my book club and they all loved it.

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