Blown Away

I’m gonna have lunch with
the sky. It’s been way too
long since we got together.

I’ll run downstairs through
hallways into bursts of blue.
Perhaps never return to work,
words, paper clips, bookshelves.

Who needs cash when there’s
so much green grass to hoard?
Forget about food. I’ll drink up
sunshine, nibbling juicy clouds.

O sky, you are my solar mate.
We will be faithful always.
Come home now…I will
never look at another.

Brightly burning star fish…

Do you wonder where you swim?
Wandering sky and ocean flying
floating now near shore line.
Many arms extended tugging
celestial weeds Irish moss.
Grasping glowing orange disc
climbing beds of coral coral.
Do you wonder where you swim
brightly burning star fish?

Live oak boughs

Boughs build archways as tips
of trees touch each other. What
was shaded green becomes
nocturnal shadow. A
crescent moon hangs from
heaven. Light tracing
foliage falls dropping
dusty deep upon ground.

Secrets lie inside the
edged shadow. Animals
hide under darkness
resounding through night
as leaves rustle.
All changing except
this pattern of what
is now formed.


That summer I wanted to
take off all my clothes.
Be naked under the sun.
Tango all over warm grass,
so warm, warm.

Noontime perfumed berries
and lush grass. Beneath honey
locust through hushed woods
We found this spring,
a secret susurrus disco.

My feet began two-stepping
over slippery pebbles.
Threading soft water, the sun
dresses us in golden sequins.

Your hand reaches for me.

Cat Quartet

That tiger cat with
winking green eyes tossing
up balls of red yarn.

the gingersnap cat stares as
I get undressed.

Black and white kitten
lying under clothesline in
soft circles of sleep.

Windy afternoon
my calico cat leans forward
against the cold.

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 title is The Muse in Miniature available on and