'Occupant Apartment 2 D' and '"A" train'

Occupant Apartment 2 D

His days marched in place
days like tin soldiers each one
pushing the next aside.

Hurry, hurry before it is too late...
inside a gaping hole to be filled.
More and more of the surface
of his life was covered by dust.

The hallway gave off a musty odor. 
Night after night, lights burned.
Busted dreams heaped in boxes.
Black marks covered floors. 

Less and less energy to clean up.
His body betrayed him, both his
bones, his breath betrayed him.

One edge of his room spoke to
the other. His fan purred all summer, 
basement furnace heaved all winter.
This incessant sigh gathering dust.

 


 

"A" train

brassy blue
electric

close eyes
watch points
like stars

think now
how insignificant
compared to train
speaking for itself

stars known
in no language
burn shoot
thru
tiger's eyes

brain in
constant action
reaction

to what we do not know
plans of distant stars
galaxies floating as

"A" train
silver worm
slides under
big belly
of city

 

 

Joan McNerney

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 included in Bright Hills Press, Kind of A Hurricane Press and Poppy Road Review anthologies. She has been nominated four times for Best of the Net. 

 

Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, June 26, 2017 - 23:11