Music in the House

We’re all caught in the silences of living, with birds caroling outside and music (or TV if that’s your thing) of one sort or another inside …


sounds drop
until the house is littered                 
with broken notes
symphonic or jazz
choral or solo
strewn on shelves
hanging out of drawers
muddled on the floor

I pick them up
dust them off
and they blow about my head
filling this isolation
with hope and joy


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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4 Responses to Music in the House

  1. Francine M. Sylvestre-Wallace says:

    Right on Joanna, music is warming my heart daily, hoping we all stay well.

  2. acox321 says:

    Joanna, As we approach the commemoration of VE Day I recall your father writing poetry in North Africa, and then sadly giving his life in Normandy. I have vivid memories of VE Day. Our family went to London and I was on my father’S shoulders as the Royal family passed in the Mall. That evening I was taken to my first Opera, Die Fledermaus. Tessa’s uncle was in N Africa and Italy, having fought throughout the First World War, much decorated. Her father joined in 1918 from school and was also decorated, but in 1939 was on the home front. Antony Sent from my iPhone


  3. Antony, yours was definitely a memorable VE Day. I was at boarding school a the time,
    couldn’t understand what all the hoopla was about, explanations not forthcoming from
    staff! Weird altogether. I’ve a vague memory of a bonfire and confusing it with Guy Fawkes
    night! Joanna

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