The New Year

Happy New Year!!! New Year traditions are as varied as resolutions (I don’t make them), always interesting and fun, not always healthy but who cares? …


photo by Andrew Weston

bannock in Ireland
grapes in Spain
with wassail in England
first-footing in Scotland

resolutions everywhere
with kisses for strangers
filled cupboards for the future
with debts paid
and an empty suitcase in hand

what jugglers of superstition
we can be when the horn sounds
the calendar turns
and we dive into another year


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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