It’s Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and Saint Valentine’s Day today, February 14. The latter started as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honouring an early saint named Valentinus. It’s not a public holiday but it’s a big celebration around the world, one way to honour our spouse, partner, our nearest and dearest …


I found the words
hidden behind the tea caddy         
slipped into obscurity
after an afternoon use

once they appeared
flattened by a magazine

then they fell
off the bathroom shelf
with your toothbrush
during a cleaning session

each time I held
shook them
used them again
“I love you”


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, May 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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2 Responses to Lost

  1. Francine Wallace says:

    Lovely !

  2. Glad it works for you! We need to say this often!

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