“Invitation” by Joan McNerney

Would you like to unwind

an afternoon at the lake?


Solar sparks spilling over us

in showers of golden sizzle.


Put on short shorts, skimpy tops,

stick our toes into oozy mud.


Breezes will shake treetops

while we listen to birdsongs.


Why not float on new grass

facing an Alice blue sky?


Read celestial comic strips

from mounds of clouds.


We can count sunbeams,

chase yellow butterflies.


Devour bowls of cherries

painting our lips crimson.


This noontime is perfumed

with illions of wild flowers.


Let’s go away all day… be

embraced by the goddess.










Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Spectrum, three Bright Spring Press anthologies, and several Kind of a Hurricane publications. She has been nominated three times for Best of the Net. Four of her books have been published by fine small literary presses.