“This Morning” by Joan McNerney

Between deep night

and soft dawn the

mist covers fields

spreading over daisies

climbing bunchberries

wetting seeds, leaves.


Milky smoke roams

back and forth

wandering voiceless

through mountains

of morning.


Whistling in fog

past sycamores

warblers seesaw

up cloudy layers

up up circling

toward heaven.












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.