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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 and

                       Joan McNerney, United



                                                                             day of the butterflies

                            As this day unrolls before us.                        who would believe this could
                            I want to scream against                              happen in of all places on this
                            flat skies, tear up coarse air.                       dizzy planet who can guess this
                                                                                  actually happened in Brooklyn?
                            Put through my paces
                            with long lists of minutiae.                          one afternoon as summer turned
                            My eyes are tired and my                              to fall at Sheephead’s Bay

                            throat is ragged and raw.                             while taking a walk suddenly
                                                                                  flutters of monarch butterflies
                            Today pulls us forward...                             all yellow & black
                            pushing yesterday aside.
                            Winds blowing stronger stronger.                      appeared…how wonderful as
                                                                                  more and more zigzagging
                            Cats howl in cold circles as                          wings teased me to follow
                            ragged leaves cling to boughs.                        mesmerized by their ballet
                            Rain falls like ebony ink
                            under small pools of light.                           how I wanted to touch them
                                                                                  swirling in regal salsa
                            When darkness gathers close…                          above earth while the sun
                            my silhouette black and tall                          dropped from heaven as
                            slants downward following me.                         so many wended south

                                                                                  away from northern winds
                                                                                  leaving winter to dance over

                                                                                  mountains clustering together
                                                                                  setting giant trees aglow

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