“Then” – Joan McNerney


Before twenty two

I swore to stay single.

I’d be a monkey’s aunt

before becoming a slave

to any man

giving up my name

losing my ambition

subordinate to HIM.

9 to 5

bad enough

forget  24/7!

Crazy lazy, crazy lazy.

No good renegade,

heretic, gypsy.

Too smart for

her own good.

But as luck had it

one guy fell head

over heels over me

and my defiant ways.

©  Joan McNerney


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 Spectrum.  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.  She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net.

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1 reply

  1. Like this. The last line especially struck me. I like that, “head over heels over me and my defiant ways.” Interesting way of putting it.


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