Joan McNerney

I see you in bright colors

Eating red ripe watermelon
while searching verdant trees
for bluebirds flitting pass us.  

Remembering how fields 
of brilliant wildflowers 
beguiled us as we inhaled 
fresh mowed grasses.

You would smile fingering
purple passion leaves.  

Your favorite hour when
wide awake you listened
to the sounds of dawn 
calling  all colors out to play.

We shared the calligraphy of
oceans watching orange sunsets
splash through waves. 

No one else has ever evoked
such a shining palate as you.


Imagine to be a bird
slicing air with wings.

Up up over that horizon
soaring through clouds
away from solemn earth.

Shining, shimmering  
far above this sphere
into  clear blue light. 

Cutting through sky
gliding over oceans
eyes open all seeing.

Awake all day all night
brushing rushing 
against the four winds.

Imagine to be a bird.


Another hot day at
the playground filled 
with shrieks from kids 
tumbling down slides.

Shouting boys hop on and
off the whirling carousel
as girls sing songs to
double dutch jump rope.

Waiting for my chance
on the swing.  Finally
one is free as I clutch
the metallic link chains.

I pump myself up 
pushing pass trees, 
feeling cool breezes 
brush over me.

All the noise is far below
as I rush towards 
blue skies.  My feet are
walking on clouds now. 

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

Flights. Issue Two, September 2021