Plain Sailing

People are out there sailing, big boats, small boats, anything that floats and can carry a sail. We watch them, admire them, would love to be out there on that wide blue ocean. It’s not always that easy, and here
are some of the clichés to prove it …


he can’t find his sea-legs
because he doesn’t know the ropes      
so has burnt his boats
and gone overboard

been thrown a life-line
as he tries to make up leeway
in the wake of ships in the night
with hatches battened down
stuffed to the gunnels
but is on the wrong tack
and can’t trim his sails
as there’s no one at the helm
and the ship has an uneven keel
and he’ll go down with it
a real nervous wreck
to Davy Jones’ locker


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 is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. 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... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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3 Responses to Plain Sailing

  1. Francine says:

    Will share with Bil your poem, the sailor I married; Life has been like sailing, must focus on the beauties of it and deal with the stormy seas.

  2. Robert is a sailor too, as I used to be:-) And yes, focus on the beauties, not the scary storms!!!

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