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Poetry Friday: "on most days"

For today's Poetry Friday post, we're sharing a poem by Joan McNerney.

Joan was profiled in a recent edition of Lucent Dreaming. She was asked "What does writing mean to you?"

Writing means everything at this point in my life. My wonderful husband has gone to heaven and I have no children. I am retired now living in a very small town near the Hudson River. Aside from housekeeping, watching television, and shopping, there is only the excitement of reading and writing now.

Here is one of the two poems by Joan featured in the Trolley journal edition published online in July.

on most days

by Joan McNerney

on most days i just want to crawl back to bed, never come out become a turtle covered by my hard shell nothing appeals to me not even food, just coffee coffee more coffee to keep awake another hermit crab who carries its home sickened by shorelines poisoned by oceans climbing fearfully thru this year… dumb-struck by disease and sorrow i must keep going can’t quit but would rather slither off into some dark cave like the spotted salamander

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Joan McNerney

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 Review Journals, and numerous Spectrum Publications have accepted her work. Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available on and She has four Best of the Net nominations.

Thank you for reading.

You can find more poems, essays, and short fiction at the NYS Writers Institute's Trolley journal.


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