Down-town eastside

Winter is not the best time for those who live on the streets, cold,
asking for help, out of work, each of them with a past we can only imagine …


the cellist on the corner
draws circles with his bow                   
catches a rolling
can on his foot
kicks it into his cart
while Beethoven escapes
from his mind

he’s an Ogden Nash
of reason outside rhyme
a serenade unwritten
looping through Bach
Wagner and a Mozart étude

he’s a junkie
strung past hard-core
woven into dirty shirt
and low-slung pants
a-drift on hunger
feeding symphonies
to trucks and traffic horns
through the opera
of his past


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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4 Responses to Down-town eastside

  1. acox321 says:

    This music appeals to us. Antony

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Francine M. Sylvestre-Wallace says:

    Music is a great egalitarian, reminds me we are all human.

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