Taking the Distant View

I wrote this poem after spending a long time sitting, looking at mountains, an inlet, sunlight on ocean, watching birds, and considering life …


these mountains overlook                                
the ocean of my mind
and whatever skills
I hold within myself
these harbours and cedars
this bee-wrung sunlight
slide on fresh currents
into havens that open
to where I have been before
and hope to go again
while dragonflies and hawks
glide as new shadows
in their hunt for prey
among cocooned spiders
swaying between masts
above the shimmer
of distant waves


Frame and the McGuireFrame and The McGuire – ‘… a gentle yet striking novel about the way our perception influences our judgement of others.’ Amy Mathers. For ages 8-13 … published by Tradewind Books available on Amazon or your local bookstore.

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 Taking the Distant View

  1. francinesw says:

    So lovely said… I can sit her and repeat after you with pleasure.. Do you still have a copy of Frame and The McGuire – I could buy from you?

  2. francinesw says:

    here not her

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