electric pearls by Joan McNerney

rush from fingers
typist waltz
up we trudge on
wooden legs
up the long staircase
air tingling with
anisette & ammonia
typist threading
word waves
lifts palm
one upon another
each step
up the long staircase
of sense
beneath nonsense
between images
of birds crashing
glass windows
symbols strung upon
chains of electric pearls
the typist
tongue tied
now in knots
hands crisscrossed
a line
gone mad.


Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Camel Saloon, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Missing of the Birds, and included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.


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