Joan McNerney: Beware



If you touch Medusa

her serpents will wrap

themselves around you.

She soars through water

with giant wings gold fins.

Hundreds of snakes

crawling from her head.


Some long to be near

Medusa to hear her hissing

lisping songs forgetful.

She can suck blood from

throats coiling minds

past infinity before

they breathe again.

Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Warriors with Wings, 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.