Joan McNerney’s poetry is found in many literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Poet Warriors, Blueline, and Halcyon Days. Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Journals, and numerous Poets’ Espresso Reviews have accepted her work. She has four Best of the Net nominations. Her latest titles are The Muse in Miniature and Love Poems for Michael both available on Amazon.com and Cyberwit.net
When the Moon is New
Groping through darkness knocking everything down. Down into enormous night where thoughts unravel. Memories moan past us as shadows quiver across walls. We lie pinned to bed sheets like captive butterflies. Dry butterflies...our throats are brittle, eyes turning from light. Sore arms reach for anything soft to hold. Remembering seasons gone by. So many lost promises. This huge moment surrounding us. Wide awake we wait for the new day.
I planted my garden
I on the wrong side of moon forgetting tides of ocean lunar wax wane only madness was cultivated there underground tubular roots corpulent veins flowers called despair gave off a single fruit... I ate it my laughter becoming harsh my eyes grew oblique.
How Trouble Grows
Trouble is patient hiding around corners. creeping through shadows entering without a sound. It starts as a seed blown by careless winds and covers your garden with foul brackish weeds. Or sparks from a match spread over fertile ground becoming flames speeding through the long night. Trouble knows where you live. You cannot hide from it. Gaining a foothold, growing fat feeding on your flesh. Watch how trouble grows inch by inch, molecule by molecule coursing through your veins. Trouble begins as a whisper day by day growing louder. Stronger than your heart beat becoming a thumping drum. Soon you will forget there was a time when trouble was not at your side.