Firstlings

I’m experimenting with a new form these days, an Adnomination: in which you take a morpheme (a root meaning that is shared by many words) and use it in multiple ways. For instance the word ‘time’ which exists as its own word, but it is also a part of many other words, so here’s my take on ‘fur’ …

FIRSTLINGS

beneath the firs                             
shaded by tall ferns
small furred animals

cling to firm ground
seeking further security
with ferocious claws

beasts of the furrows
furbish their nests
with no furbelows

but they furtively
take bits of furze
for their furniture

as they foment no furor
keeping first floor
guard on the firmament

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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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