The McKinley Review Magazine

Night

By: Joan McNerney | Posted on: Summer 2019


Slides under door jambs,
pouring through windows,
painting my room black.


This evening was spent
watching old movies.
Song-and-dance actors
looping through gay,
improbable plots.


All my plates are put away,
cups hanging on hooks.
The towel is still moist.


I blow out cinnamon candles,
wafting the air with spice.
Listening now to heat
sputtering and dogs
barking at winds.


Winter pummels skeletal
trees as the moon’s big
yellow eye haunts shadows.

 

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.  Four Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations.