Remembrance Day is coming up. I’m sure anyone whose relations, whether close or distant, died in a World War has memories and questions as I do about my father…


would the wind bring back
the father who strides the sky
pipe in one hand

does he want to know the son                          
who died ten years ago

the daughter who loves snowdrops

would he want to walk
round the lake with us
watch eagles and chickadees
note Canada geese
on their flight south

understand that I have forgiven
him for going to war
and dying so long ago


Sketch by Evelyn Ethel Houghton


my scans - after 18 112 cover To 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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6 Responses to Return

  1. Francine says:

    Beautiful, as your whole book is, and very sad; Lots of Love from us to you !

  2. Jenny Hope Simpson says:

    I really enjoyed this poem, and I’ve never seen this sketch of your father before. You’re quite like him. Jenny.

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