Help Wanted

The computer crashed and, once again, I’m caught in a confused morass
of ignorance (on my part) of what to do when the hard drive is re-established … sigh ….


it opens a grey mouth
masticates files                                           
swallows the chewed relics
into a wired cauldron
of bytes   chips   urls
swirling in a gastric fugue

I fish with inexpert fingers
for a folder   hoping the monster
will regurgitate poetry

instead     lines     an arrow
a nothing instruction
which leads me to the phone
and a request for friendly


First published by Short Humour


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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1 Response to Help Wanted

  1. Francine says:

    Emtirely my case ;-(
    Last time I ”lost” my computer, the power cord had slipped, removed it self, fell where I could not see it. At the end of the day, after I called a tecchie friend who asked me to take the computer to him. Bill arrived, looked for the power cord where he had installed it, and I had my computer back !

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