Lost Landscape

I am driving down a hill

without name on an

unnumbered highway.

This road transforms into

a snake winding around

coiled on hairpin turns.

See how it hisses though this

long night. Why am I alone?

At bottom of the incline

lies a dark village strangely

hushed with secrets.

How black it is.  How difficult

to find what I must discover.

My fingers are tingling cool, smoke

combs the air, static fills night.

I continue to cross gas lit streets

encountering dim intersections.

Another maze.  One line

leads to another.  Dead ends

become beginnings.

Listening to lisp of the road.

My slur of thoughts sink as

snake rasps grow louder.

See how the road slithers.

What can be explored? Where

can it be?  All is in question.


“A” train

brassy blue


close eyes

watch points

like stars

think now

how insignificant

compared to train

speaking for itself

stars known

in no language

burn shoot


tiger’s eyes

brain in

constant action


to what

we do not know

plans of floating

galaxies as

“A” train

silver worm

slides under

big belly

of city



Would you like to unwind

an afternoon at the lake?

Solar sparks spilling over us

in showers of golden sizzle.

Put on short shorts, skimpy tops,

stick our toes into oozy mud.

Breezes will shake treetops

while we listen to birdsongs.

Why not float on new grass

facing an Alice blue sky?

Read celestial comic strips

from mounds of clouds.

We can count sunbeams,

chase yellow butterflies.

Devour bowls of cherries

painting our lips crimson.

This noontime is perfumed

with illions of wild flowers.

Let’s go away all day…be

embraced by the goddess.



***Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications has accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four e-books.***

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