Stories In Line

Standing in line at any store, in airports, or bus stations, I watch people,
wonder who they are, what they do, and dream up the stories of their lives …


in the grocery check-out
I notice the label at a woman’s neck
want to tuck it in
but could get arrested for harassment          

the belt in one man’s pants
is half-looped, needs re-threading

the check-out guy
smiles as if he’s won
the lottery

muzak blurs voices
the shuffle of feet
groceries being packed
while I build stories

how she hurried to dress and feed
four children
he had to walk
the dog before going to work

the check-out guy won $5,000
he plans to buy his wife
a fancy necklace

I wonder    who we are
while I wait


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.

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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