The sound of a passing train is urgent music. It calls us to dream of
far away places, Vienna, Dar-es-Salaam, Lima … to make a change, to take
a leap into the unknown …


heard a train

felt its thunder
thrum my length of bone
and knew the message:                                 

“don’t stay in one place
move on, change
day to hour

“when dawn rattles on the window
open and let her in

“when life knocks at the door
go out to meet her

“there’s no vision as stale
as the track not taken
so listen and hold the sound
in your blood”


first published in 7Beats Here and Now


Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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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