Drought Season

August is when we look for several meteor showers: the Kappa Cygnids, the Alpha Capricornids, the Southern Delta Aquariids, and the Perseids, a major meteor shower, typically takes place between July 17 and August 24. There are also some weird holidays: August 18 is Bad Poetry Day (I’m not too sure about that one!), August 20 is Discovery Day in the Yukon, Canada, and World Mosquito Day. And then there’s the lack of water; we run the bathwater to the garden, the washing-up water too …


I hold mirages of winter                                         
as the wealth of rambled roses wilt

this languid place of brown grass
prelude to incoming smoke-haze

packed snow imagined on dusty paths
no limit to this Midas heat

I droop over cracked earth
where thistles twist blowing heads

flames captured in a roving lens
clouded by mountain fires

taps draw brown water from the well
and I long for images in white


9781771333054_FCA 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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