to prison library
where sewer
backs up flooding
cages of books
my brains are washed
by a short scientist
detectives trail me
arrested by police
giving up to
handcuffs ether
now on train
calendars peel
off cars
1942    1962    1982
2198    1892    1294
passengers screaming
screaming off track
burning 3rd rail
in swamp struggling
to reach green reeds
i    am    a
fixed target
paper duck
*pull trigger*fire pin*thru barrel*into muzzle*
b u l l e t                      s h o t
paper duck
mowed down.


JOAN McNERNEY’s poetry has been included in numerous literary zines such as Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Blueline, Halcyon Days and in the Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net.