Friends of Mine

Friends are wonderful people, all of them different, all with odd quirks that I admire or find amusing. I love my friends and try to keep in touch during the year …


carry perfume bottles in pockets
stiffen their bras with paper clips
and drop swear words
with change at the corner-store                   

one wears my t-shirts
on Sundays when I don’t need them –
dyes her hair lime-green
squeezes lemon over pancakes
watches ice-skating at midnight
hugs me when I meet her
down the back lane

another drops poems on wet floors
strews butterflies in my garden
and dances with old men
when snow ploughs come out
to clear the streets at 3 a.m.


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 Friends of Mine

  1. Sadah says:

    This is nice.

  2. Francine Wallace says:

    I want to be your friend 😉

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