P’s and Q’s

Today is International World refugee day, and I like the idea of that, inviting people, countries, to take in those in need of safety. Not that today’s poem is advocating a safe life, rather I’m recommending that we go a little wild …


lock that voice in a closet

V. two cyclists

throw the key out
don’t listen when she tells you
to mind p’s and q’s

hornpipe on the roof
hopscotch down the lane
sing to cyclists
pay double for coffee
buy lunch for a stranger
wear scarlet and orange
stripes to church
dye your hair
any colour but ordinary
be loud and clear
: drink deep joy


my scans - after 18 112 coverTo Bethlehem: ‘This little book is delightful, full of … poems on this timeless subject. … the most fun is the little prose vignettes of the common people in the Christ-child story. The slave who looks after the wise men’s camels, or the overworked maid at the inn who has to fetch water for the birth, and many more. A lovely gift for the reader on your Christmas list!’ Rosalind Adams. Available from Amazon and Kindle.

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 P’s and Q’s

  1. Francine says:

    Absolutely! My recommendation also: learn new things, resume the sport of archery, etc, love life and be useful to others!!!

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